The real secret to great pizza is in the sauce. Usually, I pick something other than pizza sauce as the foundation of a gourmet pie and build the flavors from there, but there are times that I like to stay traditional and make normal pizza. Personally, I only like a thin layer of sauce, too much can ruin the experience for me. When I make pizza sauce I keep it simple and sweet. Literally, I like to sweeten the sauce a little with sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomato.
I always start with a little onion and garlic. Then the main element – tomato – joins the party. Crushed or pureed tomatoes from the can usually does the trick. I finish everything off with the sugar and Italian seasoning. When I apply it, I do it sparingly! Just a thin layer is all that is needed.
Making pizza sauce is simple, easy and allows you to build the foundation of the pizza the way you want.
BEHIND THIS BITE
I would have used crushed tomatoes for this recipe but in the town of Churubusco Indiana, population 2,000, there are 2 grocery stores and neither had crushed tomatoes, so I went with tomato puree.
'Busco is the closest municipality to my home and it seems like they never have the exact ingredient I’m looking for. I usually go the other direction and travel 2 miles further to a Walmart just because they have more items on the shelves. The last time I made the mistake of going to 'Busco for a missing ingredient it was chipotle peppers. To my dismay there were none to be found.
When I came up empty I decided I would never go to 'Busco for a missing ingredient again. I should have stayed with that philosophy, and to my dismay crushed tomatoes were nowhere to be found in the thriving metropolis known as Turtle Town U.S.A. The pureed tomatoes worked just fine, so I guess it wasn’t a total disaster.
It’s not all bad though, to the credit of the IGA store in 'Busco, they have the best meat counter in the region - with actual meat cutters and a service counter where you chose the cut you want and they wrap it right in front of you. So, the situation is not horrific, just limited.
Eat well, cook often ...
1/2 C Onion, diced
1 Tbs Garlic, minced
2 Cans Tomato puree (15 oz each)
2 Tbs Sugar
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Sauté vegetables, paste
Over medium heat sauté onion in a little olive oil until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add garlic, cook 1 minute more.
Add puree, seasoning
Stir in tomato puree and add Italian seasoning and sugar, stir until well incorporated. Season to taste. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.