Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pioneer Woman's Pizza Sauce


I started making my own homemade pizza sauces because I could control the ingredients, it was easy, and it just tasted so much better than what you could buy at the grocery store.


I've always used this version on my blog- it's got a robust flavor, it's healthy, and it's easy! I love the chunks of diced tomatoes, but sometimes, I just want a smooth consistency. I also don't like fennel (at all), so I found this recipe by Pioneer Woman and it was a success. The crushed tomatoes give this the smooth texture I was looking for, and I adapted it to add some crushed red pepper since we like a little heat. This also freezes beautifully, so make a batch and freeze some for later.

Ingredients
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely shopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • (3) 15-oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of sugar (I did a few pinches)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3-4 tsp dried basil (or 8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped finely)

Directions
  1. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a hot pan over medium heat. 
  2. Throw in the garlic and chopped onions and give them a stir. Cook until the onions are soft, 10-15 minutes. 
  3. Add the chicken broth, whisking to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Cook until the liquid reduces by half (this took 8-10 minutes)
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and crushed red pepper, and stir to combine. 
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and pinches of sugar. 
  6. Add the dried oregano and basil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 60 minutes.
  7. If freeze, freeze in 1/2-1 cup plastic containers. Allow it to come to room temperature, and then place them into the freezer.

Source: Adapted from Pioneer Woman

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