While chocolate is used in al sorts of South American recipes it’s rarely an ingredient in savory Italian foods. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Surprise Solar Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ounce dark chocolate (80% cocoa or more), chopped
1 carton (26-ounce) Pomi chopped tomatoes*
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Chopped fresh basil
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Set Sun Oven out to preheat.
In a medium pot, combine the oil, garlic, red pepper, chocolate, tomatoes, and salt. Cover with a dark kitchen towel and a lid. Cook in the Sun Oven until the flavors have blended, about 1 hour. Stir in the basil and adjust for salt. Serve with pasta and Parmesan cheese.
Makes enough sauce for 1 pound of pasta.
*your favorite brand of crushed or strained tomatoes can also be used
A kitchen towel placed under the lid will absorb any excess moisture and keep the sauce for getting watery.