Saturday, February 4, 2012

Italian Sauce

Today, I am going to show you how I make homemade pizza sauce that blows the canned variety out of the water.  You can use this simple sauce for pizza type foods (stromboli, calzones, pockets, or of course pizza, duh) as well as a dipping sauce for breadsticks and even as a quick pasta sauce.  You can also use it to make other things.  Things you may have never thought of before...  things I will show you tomorrow.  Oh the suspense...

Italian Sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, grated 
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-28 oz. can tomato puree
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. minced, fresh basil

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat until shimmering.

While the oil is heating, grate the onion.

Once the oil is hot, toss in the onion and turn down the heat.  You want the onion to kind of caramelize.

Once they get to be a nice golden color, add in the garlic and continue to cook, oer low heat, until the garlic is straw colored and kind of sticky.

Then add in the tomato puree, salt and sugar, and cook until the flavors hang out and become friends, 20-30 minutes.

Stir in the basil and check the seasonings.  It is now ready to use however you wish.  I used half on a pizza...

and saved the other half for the recipe I will show you tomorrow!

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