Drain 4 cups chopped tomatoes, pressing to get as much juice from them as possible, and place the juice in a measuring cup or small bowl. Set tomatoes and juice aside. In a large, deep skillet, place 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. Add ½ cup chopped green pepper, ½ cup chopped onion, and ½ cup chopped celery. Saute vegetables in olive oil until crisp-tender, but not browned. Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch to reserved tomato juice. Mix thoroughly. Add tomato-cornstarch mixture to sautéed vegetable mixture. Stir quickly and completely to combine. Stir in ½ teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Add the reserved 4 cups of tomatoes, and stir until well combined. Cook on stove top over low heat for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are done to your taste and sauce has thickened a bit. Ladle the Stewed Tomatoes into a nice serving bowl. Serve while hot into individual serving bowls. This makes a great accompaniment to almost any entrée, and it is quick, easy, and nutritious. Enjoy! --Betty
What better way to savor your heirloom tomatoes than stew them. This tasty, time-honored comfort food is quick and convenient and makes for a satisfying treat. Great for weight-watchers and calorie-conscious folks, this rich, crimson-hued, tangy stew is just the ideal way to fill up your gut on hot evenings. Just stream the video recipe and learn how to make this treat just like the way Betty does.