Pizza Sauce

I planted a potted herb garden this spring, and am finally getting some decent-sized plants. When I stopped to smell the Thyme I immediately thought, “Pizza sauce!”

You could probably get away with using dried herbs, but I’ll leave you to do the quantity conversion on that.

Pizza Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, minced (really mince it up until it’s almost a paste)
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
Tbsp sugar
1 can pureed tomatoes
3ish tablespoons minced herbs- I used a mix of three different basils, oregeno, and thyme.
Dash of wochestershire (optional)
Dash of cayenne and/or red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt to taste

Pour the olive oil into a sauce pot and heat over medium. Add the onions and saute for several minutes. Add the garlic and continue to saute. At this point turn the heat down slightly and add the sugar. Make sure to stir it immediately, or even while adding the sugar, so that it doesn’t burn. But the sugar will help caramelize the onions.

Continue to cook over med-low heat until the onions are turning golden. Stir frequently to avoid burning.

Add the tomato puree and bring to a simmer.

Add the herbs, pepper, and salt, and let simmer, preferably for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionaly.

You can also add more sugar to this sauce depending on your preference. If you think Papa John’s has the best sauce ever… add more sugar!



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  2. nell said

    I always wondered what you used thyme for. Maybe I should put that in the spot where my dill was last year….

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