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Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over a medium-low heat and gently fry the peppers and onions with a big pinch of salt for 20-30 mins or until meltingly soft. They should squish to the side of the pan when pressed with a spatula, and have reduced in volume significantly.
Stir in the chilli, garlic, thyme and fennel, then fry for 5 mins until fragrant. Add the bay leaves and ’nduja, and fry for 2-3 mins, breaking the ’nduja up with a spatula until the oil begins to separate from the sausage, then add the passata with 200ml of water, the sugar and vinegar. Bring to a gentle simmer and bubble for 20 mins until thickened and saucy. Season well.
Tear the mozzarella over the stew, scatter with basil and serve with crusty bread.