It is fresh tomato season and that means creating!
We are a big pizza family and have been trying to do more homemade ones recently, particularly grilled. I had a quart of paste tomatoes and a few others sitting on the counter from our CSA share and they needed to get used so I figured I would whip up a pizza sauce. It turned out delicious and was SO very easy! The recipe made a bit extra so I decided to freeze it in a mason jar. Nice to know we will have some extra the next time we make pizza!
Homemade Pizza Sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion chopped
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 quart of farm fresh, local, paste tomatoes + 3 large tomatoes ( I used heirlooms – the taste is amazing and the color fabulous).
1 1/2 TBSP fresh Italian Herbs (you could just go with oregano if you desired but I used Garden Gourmet’s Italian Herbs)
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of crushed red pepper (do this to taste)
1 tsp sugar (you can certainly leave this out, I just like a sweet sauce:)
**You can use any combination of tomatoes for this recipe. The reason that I specified using paste tomatoes is because I prefer my pizza sauce a bit thicker. Paste tomatoes are much less juicy than regular and have less seeds. I try to use as many as I can when making sauces and canned salsas.
1. Blanch and peel tomatoes.
2. Squeeze out seeds. Chop up tomatoes and set aside.
3. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, herbs, salt, red pepper, and sugar to pot.
5. Simmer, stirring often for about 30 minutes. Tomatoes will cook down.
6. Blend tomatoes to a smoother consistency (if desired). I used an immersion blender for this step. It is perfect for it!
7. Enjoy on a fresh pizza crust or freeze for later use.
**This sauce will not be super thick. To add thickness, think about adding a small can (or fresh) tomato paste or cooking it for longer uncovered. I tend to enjoy my sauce a bit more watery as to keep it as fresh as possible.
We will be enjoying some homemade pizza this week with fresh veggies from the farm. Anything goes! Of course the Briarcroft Farms feta chunk that I got this week will be incorporated somehow. I am thinking peppers, onions, and of course fresh tomatoes.
As for the crust? I have been trying numerous recipes. I gotta tell you, these tips and recipe from Weed ‘Em and Reap are awesome!
What do you love to put on your pizza?