You’ve created the perfect pizza dough and not your need the homemade pizza sauce to match. A great sauce is essential for any tasty pizza. If you regularly buy canned or bottled pizza sauce, stop it right away—that's definitely a no-no. Making the sauce yourself is not at all complicated and you only need some basic ingredients.
Here is a simple, basic pizza sauce recipe that anybody can make. You can use this sauce for any kind of pizza and even pasta. It's not only quick, easy to make and delicious but it also stays fresh for a long time. Plus, it's packed with a ton of flavor that cannot be beaten by store-bought pizza sauce.
These are the ingredients that you'll need:
- perforated spoon
1. First, you'll have to prepare the tomatoes for blanching. Take a knife and cut a cross pattern on the bottom of each tomato. This allows the skin to split during blanching, so you will be able to remove it easily with your fingers once the tomatoes have cooled down.
2. Now, let's move forward to blanch the tomatoes. Blanching is a heating and cooling process that helps with peeling the tomatoes. It also stops or slows down the little enzymes in the tomatoes that could cause loss of texture and color. Fill your cooking pot with water and bring it to a vigorous boil. Put the tomatoes in the boiling water and let them cook for only 30 to 40 seconds.
3. Using a perforated spoon to transfer the tomatoes in a large bowl of cold water and let them cool.
4. When the tomatoes are cold enough to handle, start removing their skin off. As soon as you have all your tomatoes peeled, you're ready for the next step.
5. Remove the tomatoes' stems and start chopping.
6. After you're done, put half of the chopped tomatoes in the blender and make a fine purée out of it.
9. Heat the olive oil in a pan and wait until it becomes moderately hot. Throw in the finely chopped garlic and sauté it for a few seconds until it releases a nice flavor. Next, add the other half of the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes on medium flame (while gently mixing it with a wooden spoon or spatula). Also, add the salt and sugar.
10. After a couple of minutes, pour the tomato purée into the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for a few minutes.
11. Sprinkle the mixed herbs (dried basil, oregano, sage, thyme, and rosemary), the chopped fresh basil leaves, and the black pepper, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook on low heat until the sauce reaches the desired thickness.
Tips and tricks:
Not only is this sauce a base flavor, but it also serves as a bridge to other savors such as basil, herbs, and the toppings. The starting point of any excellent pizza is a flawless relationship between the tomato sauce and the dough. The point that everyone agrees on is that the sauce is what turns bread into pizza.
Precooking your sauce for your homemade pizza is perfectly fine. Actually, it gives you time to enjoy the process and to add all the flavors that you like. The fact that this recipe is so easy and quick to make is another awesome thing. You can have your own pizza sauce in a jiffy, without breaking the bank to buy some fancy, hard-to-find ingredients. You don't even need much experience in the kitchen for this. Basic skills will help you get the job done flawlessly. And chances are you’ll want to do it again and again. Yes, it's that amazing!
Congrats! You've just made your own pizza sauce with a delightful flavor and a yummy taste. Once you've seen how quick and easy it can be prepared, you'll never rely on store-bought sauce ever again! Enjoy!