Cookbook:Pizza Sauce

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It's hard to believe that pizza originally did not contain tomatoes, but tomatoes originated from the Americas—they didn't reach Italy until the mid-1500s, and they didn't get popular until the late 1800s because people thought they were poisonous. Now, however, tomato-based pizza sauce is considered an essential part of most types of pizza. Want to make it at home? Here's the way to get that great "pizzeria" taste in your sauce, with all the "what"s and "how"s.

There are two recipes featured here, depending on what you have and how much work you would like to put in:

  • The Store Bought Plus recipe is for those who want a quick yet improved pizza sauce, using tomato sauce and sugar.
  • The Sauce from Scratch recipe is for those who have the time (preparation only - no cooking required!) to mix the ingredients for a purer and more customized taste.

Variation I – Store Bought Plus[edit | edit source]

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

  • 1 can smooth tomato spaghetti sauce or pasta sauce
  • 1 handful sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. After rolling out dough, ladle on sauce as directed by the pizza recipe.
  2. Grab a handful of sugar, and sprinkle it over the sauce until the surface of the sauce becomes white but you can see the crystals dissolving.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil if desired.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • The amounts of ingredients must be calculated proportionately with the pizza. As such, measurements cannot be determined without a "hands-on" calculation made during procedure.
  • The sugar covers the taste of the acidity and vegetal character of the sauce. Sugar is the secret to a pizza that tastes like one from many American fast-food franchise pizza outlets like Domino's and Pizza Hut.
  • A common modification is to drizzle high-quality extra virgin olive oil onto sauce on pizza, or to pre-brush the dough with oil before adding the sauce.

Variation II – Sauce from Scratch[edit | edit source]

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

For ~½ quart (475ml):

  • 6 ounce (170g) can of tomato paste (with no additives is best)
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups (250-375ml) of water (depending on desired consistency)
  • ~ ⅓ cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil (more or less depending on taste)
  • 1 to 3 cloves minced garlic
  • a pinch of anise (or substitute fennel)
  • around ½ tablespoon dried oregano (according to preference)
  • around ½ tablespoon dried basil (according to preference)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Combine tomato paste, water, and oil.
  2. Add garlic, basil, and oregano, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. For best results place in refrigerator overnight or allow the mixture to rest before using.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • A quart mason jar works perfectly; ingredients can be added and shaken to mix.