Monday, January 31, 2011

Mama's Pizza Sauce

After mastering the dough, it was time to set out to make a homemade {clean} sauce!  This recipe is very easy to make and is a crowd pleaser every time. 

Even though this is a simple recipe, picking the right ingredients is key to having a {clean} sauce. And if you are not looking at the labels you can set yourself up for a big pot of SODIUM sauce! When shopping for your items look for 100% Natural and check out the amount of sodium in each can.  

Here's some that have low sodium that I have used in the past from Kroger:

This is my favorite brand of crushed tomatoes so far and makes the best quality sauce!
(I found it in the Italian section at my local Kroger)

Mama's Pizza Sauce

  • 1  32oz can of {100% Natural} Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2  6oz cans of {100% Natural} Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbps (or more) Fresh Basil (1 tsp dried will do)
  • 1/3 c Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced (I usually use 8)
  • 2-3 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
1)  In a saucepan, saute garlic in oil until tender (or you start to smell the garlic)
2)  Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. 
3)  Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, give or take. 

 NOTE:  This makes enough for two batches of the wheat pizza dough.  If you have leftovers the sauce may be refrigerated for up to 1 week.  Keep in mind, you can "tweak" your recipe to make it sweeter or spicier by adding more or less agave and crushed red pepper flakes.  I rarely measure when making this. Shocker, I know!

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