What do you use for a sauce when you make homemade pizza? Pasta sauce from a jar, like Prego or Ragu? Or pizza sauce from a can, or worse: from plastic sack?
If you have decided to take making pizza seriously enough to make your own dough, then it’s time to get serious about making your own sauce. Why? Because making the most delicious pizza sauce you’ve ever tasted is much, much simpler than making the dough.
Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 28oz can of whole, peeled tomatoes (san marzano tomatoes are best, but any whole tomatoes are fine)
- 5 tablespoons of butter
- 1 onion
And here’s what you’ll do:
- Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Cut the onion in half around the middle and remove the skin. Place cut-side down in the pot and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until you’ve got tasty, oniony butter. Add the entire can of tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, for 30min. At the halfway point, use a fork to pulverize the whole tomatoes. This creates a varied texture in the sauce that, to me, is more interesting than a pureed sauce.
And that’s it. The first time I tried this, it was everything I could do not to eat the entire pot of sauce with a spoon. Every time we make pizza at home, we make this sauce. It is so, SO worth it.
(pictured: pineapple and pepperoni pizza, and roasted garlic, roasted red pepper, and caramelized onion pizza)