We like pizza, but since we live in the middle of nowhere, not quite nowhere, but a good way from a pizza restaurant, we make pizza at home. I make it several times a month. Our favorites are pepperoni and Canadian bacon. But we experiment with other varieties as well.
I have made many pizza sauces over the years to use on our pizzas. I have bought several different kinds also. We like the store bought ones, but they are expensive and really add to the cost of the home made pizza. I have made my own using tomato sauce or puree and spices. I have also tried a few recipes. None of the home made ones were quite right. They were good but not great. I wanted something that tasted like restaurant pizza sauce.
A couple of months ago I found a book at the library called American Pie by Peter Reinhart. It was an interesting cookbook on nothing but pizza. I found a recipe in that cookbook for an all purpose pizza sauce. It looked really good, but it was a little different from other sauce recipes that I had seen. I decided to give it a try.
I am really glad I did because we loved this sauce. It was the best sauce we have had at home. It was better than any homemade or store bought sauce that I had tried so far. We now have a favorite pizza sauce. It was really easy to make. I made a batch of it and froze what we did not use. Now, I will have some ready to go anytime we want pizza for dinner.
If you like to make homemade pizza give this a try.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
(makes 6 cups)
- 1 can (28 ounces) tomato puree
- 1 3/4 cups water ( I think 1 1/2 cups is best)
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Whisk all together starting with only 1 teaspoon salt. Taste and add more salt if needed. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freeze.