Many people assume making pizza at home is a long, laborious task. So instead, they buy a frozen pizza at the grocery store and throw it in the oven for a quick and easy meal. What they might not know, however, is that pizza sauce can be made from scratch with fresh ingredients in the time it takes to preheat the oven.
Things You'll Need
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup onion
- 3 to 4 Roma tomatoes
- 5 fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano
- Medium-sized sauce pan
- Wire whisk
- Salt and pepper to taste
Peel and chop the fresh ingredients. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut the onion into small pieces. Peel the Roma tomatoes.
Pour 2 tsp. of olive oil into a medium-sized sauce pan. Heat over medium about two minutes until the oil is hot. Add the minced garlic and finely chopped onions. Cook about two minutes, until the garlic and onion are soft. Stir often with the wire whisk.
Add the tomatoes. You can chop the tomatoes roughly before adding them to the sauce pan or you can add them whole. Use the wire whisk to smash the tomatoes in the pan.
Cook, stirring and smashing the tomatoes often, for five to 10 minutes. The tomatoes will become softer as they cook, making it easier to smash them. You can add salt and pepper at this point, if you desire.
The tomatoes, onion and garlic should have a sauce-like consistency by this point. You can leave some chunks if you desire, or cook slightly longer to ensure a more even consistency.
Use your hands to tear the basil and oregano into pieces and add the pieces to the sauce. The pieces of basil and oregano should be about 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch or so.
Cook between three and five minutes longer, stirring often. Remove the pan from heat. Allow the sauce to cool slightly before adding it to the pizza crust dough.
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