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Pizza Sauce

In this post, I am going to share my recipe for Pizza sauce from scratch. Yes, that’s right, you can make it at home!!

We shall be using the reddest available tomatoes of course but remember that however red your tomatoes may be, the resulting sauce in the end is slightly orangish-yellow.

But there is a way to get a decently red pizza sauce at home. What I do is add a small quantity of packed tomato puree to my homemade sauce. This way, I get a red sauce without compromising on quality. I am not the greatest fan of preservatives and color-laden purees and pastes.

NOTE: There is a way to faster homemade sauce as well. I give you both versions here. The fastest homemade pizza sauce would use a canned tomato paste or a tomato puree. And this would also give you the reddest (is that a word?) sauce too!!

What You Will Need:

Recipe 1 (using fresh tomatoes – gives enough sauce to generously cover 5 10-inch pizzas)

 

Fresh and firm Red tomatoes – 700 gms

Tomato puree – 200 gms

Chopped onion – 1 large

Garlic cloves – 6 to 8

Oregano leaves – 1 tbsp

Mixed Italian seasoning – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Black pepper – 1/2 tsp or more if you like

Oilve oil – 3 tbsp

Chill flakes (optional) – to taste

How To Make the Sauce:

Boil 1.5 cup of water. Slice off the tops of the tomatoes and cut them in halves. Place them in boiling water skin side down and let them blanch for about 5 minutes on high heat.

Use a hand blender to blend the blanched tomatoes roughly. This was the colour of the beautiful red tomatoes once I had blended them. See? That’s what I meant when I said you will not get that deep or bright red sauce at home unless you use color or store-bought pastes/ purees.

Now its time to bring everything together. And as promised, add your store-bought tomato puree. 

In a pan, heat olive oil, add the garlic and onion and fry for half a minute. Then add the blanched tomatoes. Cook this till the mixture thickens enough to a thick sauce consistency. Add in salt and mix in oregano, mixed Italian seasoning and ground black pepper.

Finlally, use a hand blender to blend this cooked mixture. And this is what the sauce looks like now. Pretty good, ain’t it?

Recipe 2 (using tomato puree or paste): gives enough sauce to generously cover 2 10-inch pizzas

What You Will Need:

Canned tomato paste or tomato puree – 500 gms

Chopped onion – 1 large

Garlic cloves – 6 to 8

Oregano leaves – 1 tbsp

Mixed Italian seasoning – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Black pepper – 1/2 tsp or more if you like

Oilve oil – 3 tbsp

Chill flakes (optional) – to taste

Heat olive oil in a saucepan and fry off the garlic and onion. Add the puree/ paste and all the other ingridients. Cook it for 3-4 minutes. Done!!

Your yummy homemade Pizza Sauce is ready to go on the pizza!!!

Now it your turn to tell me how you made your pizza sauce!!!!

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