Pizza Sauce

Sometimes I get home from work and just want to make a quick pizza. No handmade dough. No unusual toppings. Just a heat-and-eat store-bought crust, topped with a fantastic sauce and a few easy ingredients, such as Italian sausage, mushrooms, olives, and cheese. And it comes out great, thanks to the sauce.

Pizza SauceI double this recipe and freeze it in batches, making it easy to defrost in the fridge in time to make a 15 minute dinner.

Pizza Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, lightly ground
  • Red pepper flake, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt.
  2. Add the onion and celery and saute until starting to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and saute another minute.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  5. Pour mixture into a blender.
  6. Cover with a towel and hold down on the lid and puree the mixture until smooth.
  7. Pour mixture back into the pot over medium heat.
  8. Stir in the tomato sauce and paste.
  9. Add remaining ingredients, stir.
  10. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and let simmer 20-30 minutes.
  11. If the sauce is too thick (keeping in mind that you do want a thick sauce) add water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired thickness.
  12. Remove bay leaf before using.

 

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