Monday, August 24, 2009

Pizza Tomato Sauce

Informal poll:
Do you like your pizza with a base of deliciously tart Roma tomatoes with a hint of garlic and a touch of caramelized onions, cooked to a simmer with piquant herbs like oregano and basil....
Do you smear your pizza crust with cheery red (labeled Food Coloring #X8755764RTG) glop from a tin.....

The choice is yours. =)

This recipe came hand-in-hand with the pizza dough recipe that I blogged about earlier. If you were going to do a homemade pizza crust, you must certainly have homemade tomato sauce to go with it, right? Could you really have Mork without Mindy? Or Starsky without Hutch? OK, you get the point.

Super simple, ridiculously good taste, and takes on an elegance if you give it a whiz with an immersion blender.

Pizza Tomato Sauce (again from years ago from my friend P and her super-talented mom's recipe trove)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, grated
3 large Roma tomatoes (chopped) - or 1 x 14 oz can tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp tomato paste
large pinch of dried herbs (I used a mix of oregano, basil, thyme and sage)
salt and freshly ground pepper - to taste
Optional - 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper or jalapeno for heat
1. Heat oil in saucepan, add garlic and onion and saute.
2. When onions have softened and are starting to turn golden, stir in remaining ingredients, add salt and pepper to taste,and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally till sauce is thick. Do not let the sauce dry out completely.
3. Adjust seasoning and use as required when preparing pizza.
4. Remove from heat. When cooled, slightly mash any tomato pieces in saucepan with immersion blender or hand held masher.
Use as topping on pizza crusts.

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