If your summer is going anything like mine, you have a lot of tomatoes hanging around. And while I enjoy tomato sandwiches on most afternoons, I have been trying to use tomatoes in practically everything I eat!
Another one of my summer addictions? Pizza! I’m not sure if it is because it is so simple to eat or because I can make it however I like, but pizza has been a staple in my diet and I’m not complaining. So instead of buying another jar of pizza sauce I decided to dive right in and make my own!
You will need:
•5-6 medium tomatoes
•1 garlic clove
•1 TBS olive oil
•A handful of fresh basil
•1/2 cup onion
1.) Begin by marking each tomato with two slits to make an “X” and then steam tomatoes. This may be the hardest part and I promise it isn’t hard. The steam will begin to peel the skin off where you made then X. Once the skin begins to peel, remove from water and allow to cool.
2.) Next, chop the onion. You don’t need to make perfect pieces because you will throw it in the food processor later.
3.) Heat your oil and sauté the onion on medium heat. While your onion is cooking, cut each tomato and remove seeds and excess juice. I also allowed the tomatoes to sit in a bowl so the juice would drip out and would not make my sauce watery.
4.) Then add the garlic and cook for a few seconds so you do not burn it. Add tomatoes and basil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. This allows the flavors to start intensifying.
5.) I then put the sauce in the food processor for about 30 seconds. I didn’t want it to get too thin because I wanted a thick pizza sauce. I then allowed the sauce to cook for a good half hour until it was nice and thick.
6.) Remove from heat and use on your pizza! This recipe made enough for 2 personal size pizzas so I used one portion and then froze the other half.
The sauce turned out really well and I was happy with both the flavor and the consistency. Now if only I could bottle the sauce for pizza year round!