Aug 16, 2010

Pizza Sauce

August9-2010-00

DIY pizza kit, the sequel. The light was terrible the day I shot this, so turned it into a quickie recipe.

I also needed a new sauce recipe. The old one is great, but well, it’s old. I figured I’d be better off just making a new recipe all together. You gotta have some variation now and then. Reinvent yourself, like Madonna! Only without the Kabbalah and pointy bra.

This sauce is slightly thicker, fragrant and slightly acidic with a hint of sweetness. It really sticks to the dough, which is exactly what you need to prevent your toppings from turning into pizza soup. That ain’t pretty. I incorporated some butter and that works magic on the flavor and crust! A good sauce really forms the foundation of every good pizza.



Ingredients:

small onion
2 garlic cloves
4 tbsp tomato paste
3 ripe tomatoes
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil


Directions:

Finely mince the onion and grate the garlic. I’m in love with my nifty orange Mircoplane. How did I live without this?
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This is what I do when I’m in a hurry: I use my vegetable peeler to peel the tomatoes. Only works when they’re firm. Otherwise you’ll want to do the water-bath thing.
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Sautee the onions in a tbsp oil, add the garlic and tomatoes paste and cook for another minute. This will sweeten the tomato paste a little.
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Add the chopped tomatoes, seasonings, salt, sugar and pepper and simmer the sauce over low heat for about 5 minutes.
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Cut up the butter, add it to the sauce and stir until the butter has melted. That’s it. You’re done.
Pizza Sauce

You can use your blender or immersion blender to homogenize the sauce if you like. I didn’t. It was perfect as is.
Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce
Ingredients
    small onion
    2 garlic cloves
    4 tbsp tomato paste
    3 ripe tomatoes
    1 tbsp oregano
    1 tbsp basil
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp sugar
    1/8 tsp pepper
    2 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp oil
Directions
    Finely mince the onion and grate the garlic. Peel and chop the tomatoes. Sautee the onions in a tbsp oil, add the garlic and tomatoes paste and cook for another minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, seasonings, salt, sugar and pepper and simmer the sauce over low heat for about 5 minutes. ube the butter, stir it into the sauce and as soon as it has melted the sauce is done. use the sauce as is or smoothen it with a blender or immersion blender.
Meal type: sauces
Servings: 1 cup sauce
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    15 Comments »

    1. 1

      This is pretty much like mine but not with the butter, I will have to try that

      Madeline on Aug 16, 2010 @ 8:38 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Thanks for the recipe!  Homemade pizza is a staple in our house…but I’ve never tried my own sauce.  Looks delicious!

      denise on Aug 17, 2010 @ 12:29 am Reply
    3. 3

      I absolutely love this sauce!!!

      peachkins on Aug 17, 2010 @ 1:52 am Reply
    4. 4

      I’ve been pining for a microplane for some time but haven’t been able to find any here, altough I haven’t checked at the new John Lewis yet.

      Karohemd on Aug 17, 2010 @ 2:58 am Reply
    5. 5

      … sounds good! but now i’m hungry… args..

      ReNi on Aug 17, 2010 @ 4:03 pm Reply
    6. 6

      What’s the “water bath method” in case my tomatoes aren’t firm?  :)

      Cathy Kurtz on Aug 17, 2010 @ 7:30 pm Reply
    7. 7

      @ Cathy:

      You cut a shallow X at the bottom of the tomato, plunge it in boiling water until the skin at the x starts to peel. Then add itto ice cold water and the skin will slide right off.

      Kay on Aug 17, 2010 @ 7:42 pm Reply
    8. 8

      What a lovely blog! You do fantastic things and take wonderful shots!
      LOVE it!!
      Big hugs!

      Ana on Aug 18, 2010 @ 1:36 am Reply
    9. 9

      You are right on time. I have sooooo many tomatoes in my garden and here it is a recipe for pizza sauce. Thanks Kay :)

      arrisje on Aug 20, 2010 @ 1:06 am Reply
    10. 10

      Does this sauce freeze well?  I would love to make a bunch of it now that the tomatoes are starting to really come on the market and freeze it for later on.

      dick on Aug 20, 2010 @ 4:57 am Reply
    11. 11

      This sauce is amazing!  Thanks so much, I’ve been looking for a good pizza sauce, and haven’t been very successful until now.  I really like the chunky texture, so delicious!!

      Denise on Aug 22, 2010 @ 2:35 am Reply
    12. 12

      who scoot the tomato? :) Cut the tomatoes a little at the “green thing” and a few seconds in boiling water:) Then, the skin easily shed;)
      Otherwise, delicious sauce :)

      Ieva on Dec 6, 2010 @ 7:27 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Hi there! Would this be possible without the onions? My boyfriend is extremely fussy and refuses to eat anything containing onions. Is there anything I could replace it with?

      Ruth on Nov 27, 2012 @ 9:32 am Reply
    14. 14

      anyone looking for a microplane can usually find one in the autobody repair area in a store.  The similar item is used for smoothing off body filler when repairing automobile dents.  Might be cheaper than a kitchen shop.

      Jane Collins on Oct 3, 2013 @ 6:29 pm Reply
      1. Seriously? I’m so going to try that because they are crazy expensive here.

        Kay on Oct 3, 2013 @ 6:32 pm Reply

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