One of the reasons pizzeria pizza is always so great is the sauce. Each place seems to have their own special sauce, and it's always loaded with flavor that makes the whole pizza really "pop." The next time you make homemade pizza, take a lesson from these pizzerias and focus on the sauce. No, that does not mean you have to spend your entire day in the kitchen. Here are two quick pizza sauce recipes that will rival the sauce at your favorite pizzeria:
Quick Red Sauce With Garlic and Onions
If you like a really garlicky, earthy sauce, this one is for you. It's also pretty thick, making it a good choice for your thin crust pizzas as it won't make the crust too soft. This recipe makes enough for two pizzas.
- 1 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 a medium onion, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
- a few pinches of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, and then add the onions. Saute over medium heat until they begin to brown, and then add the garlic. Saute for another minutes or two, and then pour the tomatoes and tomato paste into the pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and then reduce the heat to low. Stir in the remaining ingredients, and simmer for 15 - 10 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.
Let the sauce cool to room temperature before applying it to your pizza for best results.
Sweet Basil Sauce
If you prefer a really herbal sauce with some sweetness to it, then this is a great choice. It's a little looser than the sauce above, so be sparing when you put it on your pizzas. The recipe makes enough for about three large pies.
- 1 15-ounce can of tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, minced
Saute the onion in the olive oil until brown, and then add the tomatoes to the pan. Stir in the garlic powder and salt, and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. The, stir in the basil, oregano, and sugar. Heat gently for about 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar and diffuse the flavor of the herbs. Let cool before using to top your pizzas.
Contact a company like Pazzo's Pizzeria for more information and assistance.