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Farm Fresh Homemade Pizza Sauce

Posted Aug 09 2011 8:25am

One thing that hasn’t changed throughout my pregnancy is my love for pizza.  I guess even babies in the womb can’t say no to that kind of deliciousness. I always make homemade dough, which is key in a delicious homemade pizza, and fresh mozzarella, too! But something I had never tried before was homemade pizza sauce.

But then a friend of Hubbs gave me a ton of produce from his own garden, which included tomatoes… a lot of them!

freshly picked tomatoes

My heart skipped a beat and all I could think of was PIZZA SAUCE!

So I measured all the little tomatoes, and they came out to about 2 lbs.

weighing tomatoes

Then I roughly chopped them up, along with 1/4 an onion.

chopped tomatoes and onions

I threw them into a pot, along with

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

beginning on pizza sauce

Then I let this simmer on low for about 2 hours and 45 minutes before deciding I should go ahead and blend it all up.

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Pre-blended

pizza sauce before blender

Post-blended

pizza sauce after blender

Then, back into the pot.  Here I added

  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • a sprinkle of thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn starch

herbs in pizza sauce

I mixed it all up and put it back on the stove on the lowest setting possible for another hour.

pizza sauce close up

The result was incredible.  I was so nervous about not following a recipe, but had so much fun trusting my taste buds.

pizza sauce for dipping

The sauce tasted so fresh and flavorful and brought our homemade pizza to a whole new level.  Hubbs enthusiastically told me how much flavor was packed into the sauce, and I was one proud wannabe-chef!

homemade pizza with homemade sauce

It made enough sauce for 1 large pizza, plus extra for dipping, but now that I know this recipe is a success, I plan on buying some farmers market tomatoes in bulk and making a large batch of this to use through the fall.

pizza close up

You can freeze pizza sauce, right? I’d like to attempt canning, but have never done that before.

Have you ever canned anything?

What was it?

Was it difficult?

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