Saturday, May 21, 2011

Classic Pizza Sauce

With this classic recipe, you'll be able to make your own pizza sauce at a small fraction of the cost of sauce from a can or jar.

Garlic, basil, and oregano give it an authentic Italian flavor -- just like my Grandma Marianna used to make.


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or 1 tablespoon for a low-fat version)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large can (28 ounces) tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, shredded or coarsely chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, saute the garlic in the olive oil over medium-low heat for a minute or two, until soft and fragrant. Do not let the garlic burn.

Add the remaining ingredients. Raise heat to medium high and bring the mixture just to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Use 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sauce per pizza (more or less to taste). Use within 2-3 days, or freeze leftover sauce for future use.

-- Approximately 3 cups of sauce

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