I usually just use diluted tomato paste or store-bought pizza sauce for my pizza due to laziness (check out my Thin Crust Pizza recipe here). This time I decided to make my own from scratch as I have a surplus of heirloom tomatoes that I grew in my garden. This tomato sauce is great for pizza, pasta and meatballs. I used carbon tomatoes and it took almost one hour to cook down the liquids as they were pretty juicy. My plum tomatoes are not fully ripe yet and I will make some more later to see if there is any difference in flavor (updated September 2: Yes I tried using these tomatoes and I do think that the taste is richer than the bigger ones). For pizza making I would recommend adding some tomato paste to the tomato sauce as a thickener so the pizza crust won’t be too soggy. If fresh herbs is used then add only when the cooking is almost done. Dried herbs, on the other hand, should be added along with the garlic to help leach out the flavor.
Homemade Tomato Sauce
1.5 – 2 pounds tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste (optional)
Salt, sugar, and black pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and dried oregano and saute for about 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the tomatoes. Add tomato paste (optional), salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, with occasional stirring until thickened, about one hour.
*if using fresh herbs, add at the end of the cooking process
When slightly cool, pulse with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth. Season with additional salt and black pepper if desired.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and use as required within a week. Divide into smaller portions and store in the freezer for longer storage up to three months.
We made pizza toast for breakfast
These gold striped tomatoes are called prairie fire and it was my first time growing them.
These carbon tomatoes are pretty sweet and juicy. The color is not as dark as I thought.
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