Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Makes: about 5 cups
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 3/4 hours

This recipe for garden-fresh pizza sauce makes a batch large enough to top several pizzas. You can make it right now with fresh tomatoes, but if you have a bumper crop or just want to buy a lot of in-season tomatoes and put them up for another day, canning is not your only option: try freezing them. Just remove the cores and freeze them whole. Then, turn your frozen tomatoes into pizza sauce any time of the year.

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Ingredients

  • 5 pounds cored whole tomatoes, fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil, or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar, (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Preparation

  1. If using fresh tomatoes, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Make a small X in the bottom of each tomato and plunge into the boiling water until the skins are slightly loosened, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Peel with a paring knife, starting at the X. If using frozen tomatoes, run each under warm water and peel or rub the skin off. Thaw in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave until mostly thawed. Chop the tomatoes, reserving any juice.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (and any juice), basil, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and sugar (if using). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened to the consistency of pizza sauce, about 2 hours. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper and/or sugar.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a blender, add tomato paste and blend until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 20
  • Amount Per 1/4-cup serving
  • Calories 45
  • % Daily values *
  • 3% Total Fat 2g
    • 0% Saturated Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 2g
  • 0% Cholesterol 0mg
  • 8% Potassium 282mg
  • 9% Sodium 222mg
  • 2% Total Carbohydrate 6g
    • 8% Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 3g
  • 2% Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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