Hi everyone 🙂 This is my favourite pizza sauce recipe that I was lucky enough to have passed on.

So you made a beautiful pizza base from scratch…..so will you spread store bought sauce all over your hard work or spread on your own fabulously tasty home made sauce?! Even if it’s a store bought base having your own sauce ready to go in the freezer will make a much more delicious pizza 🙂 Here’s the recipe I use for the pizzas at work and I love it. It makes approx. 5 cups and I use it and then divide and freeze the rest. I use diced tomatoes from the tin but if you’re an avid gardener of course you can use your own! I prefer to use fresh Italian herbs; rosemary, parsley, oregano and thyme from the herb garden but you can of course use dried, it will still taste great. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh herbs (loosely packed) or 1 tablespoon of dry, Italian herbs
  • 1 medium-sized brown onion
  • 5 medium-sized cloves garlic (or 4 large)
  • 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil or a light/medium olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 x 400 gram (14 oz) cans, diced tomatoes or 15-18, fresh, ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Method

  1. If using fresh tomatoes, peel & core them & then roughly dice them into small pieces. Leave them aside.
  2. If using them, remove all the leaves from the fresh herbs, roughly chop them up & then set them aside.
  3. Peel & finely dice the onion & the garlic cloves.
  4. In a large saucepan, over a medium heat up the first measure of oil & the butter for I minute.
  5. Add the fresh or dry herbs & the onion. Cook them for 5 mins, stirring often until the onions are soft & clear (if they are starting to brown turn the heat down a bit).
  6. Add the garlic & cook for another minute.
  7. Next stir in the tomato paste & cook for another minute.
  8. Now add the tomatoes & turn the heat up to high. Stir occasionally whilst letting it come to a boil.
  9. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium/low & simmer (a soft boil) it for 30 mins.
  10. After the 30 mins is up, add the sugar, salt, olive oil & vinegar. Stir them in well & continue cooking for 5 mins.
  11. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to 6 months.

For a walkthrough including pics visit my blog – http://www.taniaskitchen.co.nz/italian-pizza-sauce/

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