I initially found a delicious recipe for pizza sauce rom Kitchen Treaty, but then found an easier (and less time intensive) recipe from She Loves Biscotti. I combined the two recipes to come up with a homemade tomato sauce that can be used for pizza and pasta.
Homemade sauce is easy to make, and makes such a huge difference in cooking!
Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about two or three large cloves)
- 1/2 medium onion sweet, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano (if using fresh, add at the end of the cooking time)
- 1 container of pomi diced tomatoes- 26 oz. Can also use 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes (undrained) or 2 pounds diced fresh tomatoes.
- 1 teaspoon honey (you can also use granulated sugar or agave nectar). Optional- depending on how naturally sweet your tomatoes are.
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- 3-4 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
- salt and black pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium, and add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute. If you’re using dried oregano, add that along with the garlic. If you’re using fresh, add it to the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
- Add minced sweet onions and continue to saute for 5-7 minutes until translucent. Stir occasionally. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
- Add the tomatoes, one cup of water and sugar of choice (optional). Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a simmer. Adjust for salt and pepper. Taste your sauce, if there is an acidic aftertaste, add a few carrots, sliced in half.
- Reduce the heat to medium, cover the sauce and allow to simmer for 20-30 min. Stir occasionally.
- Leave over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Reduce heat to low for a nice simmer.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Stir in fresh oregano, if using that instead of dried. Add fresh parsley and basil.
- Can be used immediately, or also blended in a puree using an immersion blender, blender, or food processor.
- Assemble pizza using your delicious homemade sauce, use as pasta sauce, or refrigerate until ready to use. Keeps well in the fridge for about 4 days. I love to freeze this sauce in individual-pizza portions, too.