i try to space out my pizza-making as sporadically as possible, but sometimes, when you run out of other dinner ideas, you find it’s a really good thing you purchased that case of a million pizza dough balls from Sam’s Club 4 months ago. but i was never quite satisfied with the sauce i used on said pizzas. i always just did my basic kinda chunky marinara and it just wasn’t that great to me. sooo cue Recipezaar and a recipe for the Ultimate Pizza Sauce and there. you. go. pizza sauce problem solved. it’s thick, tomato-ey, and delicious.
Ultimate Pizza Sauce
2 Tbls olive oil
1 Tbls butter
1/2 onion, chopped finely
1/4 cup celery, chopped finely (though, to be honest, i left the celery part out)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (i like the Muir Glen organic brand)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 Tbls grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 small bay leaf (i left this part out, too)
1 teaspoon fennel seed
melt the butter with the oil. saute your veggies until soft. add the tomato sauce and paste and stir until smooth. add the spices, etc. and stir it all well. turn it on low and let it simmer. the recipe says you can simmer this (watching it, of course) for 30-60 minutes, which will probably make your sauce richer, but if you’re in a hurry, you can skip this part. i have two boys with ZERO patience when it comes to pizza and eating, so no long simmering for me. if you’re using the bay leaf, remove it, and spread it on your pizza dough. the sauce, i mean, not the leaf. duh.
p.s. i find it’s a lot yummier to bake the dough first, the spread your sauce and add your toppings.
p.p.s: fresh tomato slices on a pizza are INCREDIBLE.