Monday, January 6, 2014

Last Minute Pizza Sauce

We make a LOT of homemade pizza around here, for lunch and for supper. I used to swear by a very particular brand of pizza sauce, but we are so spontaneous with our pizza making that it is hard to keep the specific sauce on hand. 

I started experimenting with simple sauce recipes, and there are lot of great ones. I invented this one on a whim because I had some frozen tomato paste scoops that really needed used up, and it has become our favorite.  A friend of Simon's who came over for lunch told him that it was the best homemade pizza he ever had! One batch only makes about a cup, which is just about the right amount for a single batch of this pizza dough. 

*If you end up with more dough or more sauce than you needed, both store nicely in the fridge to be used later on for an after school snack or small weekend meal. Handy when you have a teenager at your house. ;)

Last Minute Pizza Sauce

frozen scoops of tomato sauce (or half a can)
1/2 T. olive oil
1/4 c. water (you will probably need to add another T or two depending on how thick you like it!)
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. dried basil
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. sugar
sprinkle of salt and pepper

Thaw out the paste in the microwave. It should only take 30 seconds to one minute. Add all other ingredients and stir very well. The longer you let the sauce sit, the more flavorful it will become, but don't worry...if you need to use it right away, it's still tasty! Add more water if the sauce seems too thick. Spread on your favorite dough and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

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