If you’re a pizza lover like me, then you know that the key to a great pizza is in the sauce. But have you ever considered making your own pizza sauce with fresh, ripe tomatoes? Not only is it healthier and more delicious than store-bought sauce, but it’s also easier to make than you might think. In this article, I’ll share my recipe for pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes that will take your homemade pizza to the next level.
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- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Recipe Category: Main Dish
- Recipe Cuisine: Italian
- Aggregate Rating: 5.0
- 6 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the minced garlic and chopped onion, and cook until softened.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the saucepan.
- Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Use an immersion blender or transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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- Q: Can I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh?
- A: Yes, you can use canned tomatoes if you don’t have fresh ones available. Just be sure to drain the liquid from the can before using.
- Q: Can I freeze the sauce?
- A: Yes, you can freeze the sauce for up to 3 months. Just be sure to let it cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container.
- Q: Can I add other spices or herbs?
- A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs to customize the sauce to your liking.
If you want to make the sauce ahead of time, you can refrigerate it for up to 1 week or freeze it for up to 3 months. Just be sure to let it cool completely before storing.
If you prefer a chunkier sauce, you can skip blending the sauce and leave it as is.
This sauce is not only great for pizza, but it also works well as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or as a pasta sauce.
By using fresh, ripe tomatoes, you’ll get a more vibrant and flavorful sauce. If you can, try to use tomatoes that are in season for the best results.