Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Pizza Sauce

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I decided to join in this week because I have a pizza sauce recipe.  Last weekend Beth Fish Reads shared a grilled pizza recipe.  I commented that I wanted to try it and use my pizza sauce recipe to make it all homemade.  She then asked for the pizza sauce recipe and I obliged.  Then I thought, heck, why not share it on my blog and participate in her weekly feature.

Pizza Sauce

1 can (28 oz) italian tomato sauce
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste (optional)

In a large saucepan, bring tomato sauce, olive oil, and spices to a simmer.  Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until sauce reduces to about 2 1/2 cups.  (Monitor sauce to prevent bubbling/splattering during simmering.) Taste and season with salt, if desired.  Cool to room temperature. Sauce keeps covered and chilled for about 5 days.  Maybe frozen.

I don't have any pictures for you, sorry.  I haven't actually made this in awhile.  I do want to make it and freeze it for when I need it.  The problem is that I don't really like to cook, so I don't make it ahead of time and then when we plan to make pizza, I just buy all the fixings.  Maybe this weekend..or next.  :)

Actually, I'm hoping some of my husbands co-workers give him tomatoes from their yard.  Then I could make this using fresh tomatoes instead of canned.  Maybe my sister would give me some fresh  herbs too.  Then I could use all fresh ingredients. I'm hungry and craving fresh pizza sauce on a homemade pizza. 


bermudaonion said...

I bet that would be fabulous with fresh tomatoes! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - I can't wait to try it with fresh ingredients. I'll have to do an update once I have and let you all know how it turned out.

Beth F said...

Yay! Now I don't have to worry about losing the recipe. Fresh tomatoes are just in season here, so perfect timing for that experiment.

Kris said...

Beth - tomato's are turning red in my area too..can't wait to try this and also make fresh spaghetti sauce.

A friend told me that if I boil the tomatoes for about a minute (I think that was it) you will see them crack and peal a bit..then when you take them out you can easily peel them. I can't wait to try that, since last time we were cutting the skin off and trying to peel by hand and it took forever.