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Garden-Fresh Pizza Sauce: Elevating Homemade Pizza to New Heights

As the sun sets over my homestead, casting a warm glow over the fields, there's a sense of satisfaction knowing that every ingredient on my pizza is grown right here in my garden. From the crisp bell peppers to the fragrant basil leaves, each component contributes to the fresh, vibrant flavors of my homemade pies. Today, I'm excited to share my recipe for pizza sauce—a true celebration of farm-to-table goodness.

While toppings often steal the spotlight, pizza sauce plays a crucial role in balancing flavors and tying everything together. My homemade pizza sauce is not just a condiment; it's a labor of love, crafted from ripe tomatoes and aromatic herbs harvested straight from my garden. With each jar, I capture the essence of summer, preserving it to be enjoyed year-round.

My pizza sauce recipe begins with plump, juicy tomatoes bursting with flavor—varieties carefully chosen and nurtured in my garden. Alongside them, I gather fresh basil, oregano, and garlic, infusing the sauce with the essence of the earth. These garden treasures, kissed by the sun and nurtured with care, form the foundation of my flavorful sauce.

In a rustic kitchen filled with the aroma of freshly picked herbs, I set to work transforming my garden bounty into a rich, velvety sauce. Tomatoes are blanched, peeled, and crushed, releasing their sweet juices. Fragrant herbs mingle with garlic, infusing the simmering pot with their savory notes. As the sauce thickens and flavors meld, I know I'm one step closer to pizza perfection.

My homemade pizza sauce is not just a condiment; it's a symbol of my commitment to sustainable living and self-sufficiency. Paired with my signature sourdough pizza crust and topped with farm-fresh vegetables, each slice tells the story of my homestead and the love I pour into every meal. With each bite, I invite you to taste the fruits of my labor and join me in savoring the simple pleasures of farm-to-table cuisine.

As the stars twinkle overhead and the scent of pizza wafts through the air, I gather around the table, grateful for the abundance of my garden and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones. With my homemade pizza sauce, every slice is a celebration of the seasons, a testament to the beauty of farm-fresh ingredients, and a reminder of the simple joys found in the heart of my homestead.



Why I love Homemade Pizza Sauce:


1. Garden-Fresh Ingredients: I love homemade pizza sauce because it allows me to showcase the vibrant flavors of my garden, from ripe tomatoes to fragrant herbs, creating a sauce bursting with freshness and vitality.


2. Versatility: Pizza sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used beyond just pizza. Whether as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or as a base for pasta dishes, its rich flavor adds depth and complexity to a variety of recipes.


3. Customization: With homemade pizza sauce, I have complete control over the ingredients, allowing me to adjust the flavors to suit my preferences. From the level of sweetness to the intensity of herbs and spices, I can tailor the sauce to create the perfect balance of taste and texture.


4. Connection to Tradition: Pizza sauce is a cornerstone of my culinary tradition, passed down through generations. Making it from scratch not only honors the legacy of homemade cooking but also connects me to the rituals and memories of family gatherings and shared meals.


Ingredients:

Fresh Tomatoes: Ripe, juicy tomatoes are the star ingredient of any homemade pizza sauce, providing a rich, vibrant flavor base.

Garlic: Fresh garlic adds aromatic depth and savory notes to the sauce, enhancing its overall flavor profile.


Fresh Basil: Fragrant basil leaves infuse the sauce with a distinctive herbaceous aroma and a hint of sweetness.


Olive Oil: High-quality olive oil adds richness and smoothness to the sauce, creating a luscious texture.


Onion: Onions bring a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor to the sauce, complementing the tomatoes and garlic.


Salt: A pinch of salt helps to balance the flavors and enhance the natural sweetness of the tomatoes.


Black Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper adds a subtle hint of warmth and spice to the sauce, elevating its overall taste.


Dried Oregano: Dried oregano contributes earthy, slightly floral notes to the sauce, enhancing its complexity.


Tomato Paste (optional): Tomato paste can be added to intensify the tomato flavor and thicken the sauce, if desired.


Sugar (optional): A small amount of sugar can be added to balance the acidity of the tomatoes and enhance their natural sweetness, depending on personal preference.


Step-By-Step Guide To Make Homemade Pizza Sauce:


1. Prepare the Tomatoes: Start by blanching fresh tomatoes in boiling water for about 1 minute, then transfer them to an ice bath to cool. Peel off the skins, remove the cores, and roughly chop the tomatoes.


2. Sauté Aromatics: In a large saucepan (Amazon) or skillet(Amazon), heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and finely chopped onion, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.


3. Add Tomatoes: Add the chopped tomatoes to the skillet(Amazon), along with fresh basil leaves, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.


4. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer uncovered for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to your desired consistency.


5. Blend (Optional): For a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender(Amazon) or transfer the sauce to a blender(Amazon) or food processor(Amazon), and blend until smooth. Be careful when blending hot liquids.


6. Taste and Adjust: Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or herbs according to your preference. If the sauce is too acidic, you can add a pinch of sugar to balance the flavors.


7. Cool and Store: Allow the pizza sauce to cool completely before transferring it to airtight jars(Amazon). Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for longer-term storage.



Recipe:

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

Cool Time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes about 2 cups


Tools Needed:

-Stock Pot(Amazon)

-Glass Bowl(Amazon)

- Saucepan or Skillet(Amazon)

- Wooden Spoon(Amazon)

- Cutting Board(Amazon)

- Chef's Knife(Amazon)

-Scale(Amazon)

- Airtight Jars(Amazon)

- Immersion Blender, Blender, or Food Processor (optional)(Amazon)

(Amazon)


Ingredients:

- 6 medium-sized tomatoes (about 900 grams), chopped

- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil

- 4 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 small onion (about 150 grams), finely chopped

- 1/4 cup (10 grams) fresh basil leaves, chopped

- 1 teaspoon (2 grams) dried oregano

- 1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt

- 1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) black pepper

- Optional: 1 tablespoon (15 ml) tomato paste for extra richness and depth of flavor

-Optional: A pinch of sugar to tone down the acidity


Instructions:

1. Prepare the Tomatoes: Start by blanching 900grams of fresh tomatoes in boiling water for about 1 minute, then transfer them to an ice bath to cool. Peel off the skins, remove the cores, and roughly chop the tomatoes.


2. Sauté Aromatics: In a large saucepan (Amazon) or skillet(Amazon), heat 30ml of olive oil over medium heat. Add minced 4 cloves of garlic and1 small finely chopped onion, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.


3. Add Tomatoes: Add the chopped tomatoes to the skillet(Amazon), along with 10 grams of fresh basil leaves, 2 grams of dried oregano, 6 grams of salt, and 1 gram of black pepper. Stir well to combine.


4. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer uncovered for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to your desired consistency.


5. Blend (Optional): For a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender(Amazon) or transfer the sauce to a blender(Amazon) or food processor(Amazon), and blend until smooth. Be careful when blending hot liquids.


6. Taste and Adjust: Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or herbs according to your preference. If the sauce is too acidic, you can add a pinch of sugar to balance the flavors.


7. Cool and Store: Allow the pizza sauce to cool completely before transferring it to airtight jars(Amazon). Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for longer-term storage.


 Nutrition: Serving Size: 1/4 cup (about 60 ml)

- Calories: 30

- Total Fat: 2g

  - Saturated Fat: 0.3g

  - Trans Fat: 0g

- Cholesterol: 0mg

- Sodium: 150mg

- Total Carbohydrate: 4g

  - Dietary Fiber: 1g

  - Sugars: 2g

- Protein: 1g

This nutrition information is based on a rough estimate and may vary depending on factors such as the specific ingredients used and any optional additions.


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Happy Cooking!


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