Happy Fall, friends!
Maybe it’s the return of lazy Sunday afternoons filled with football, but something about Fall makes me crave pizza. The next time you break out the pizza stone, try making your own sauce, as well. This is a super simple sauce and it may not blow your mind immediately after preparation, but the flavors really shine after the pizza bakes in a screaming hot oven.
Michael is a pepperoni purist, but I like to freestyle with toppings like caramelized onions, paper thin slices of red bell pepper and spicy Italian sausage. This recipe makes enough for 2 – 3 medium pizzas, depending on how liberal you are with the sauce.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
1 32-ounce can diced tomatoes (I used San Marzano)
6 to 8 garlic cloves, grated with a microplane
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp sugar
3 – 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil and diced tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar. Grate the garlic over the tomatoes using a microplane. Add the thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until the sauce reduces and the flavor concentrates. Taste the sauce and add more salt or pepper, if needed. Remove the thyme sprigs.
When you’re ready to make pizza, smear the sauce over your prepared dough, cover with cheese and your favorite toppings.