Make fresh pizza sauce with tomatoes straight from the garden. No cooking involved, so it’s really fresh tasting!
Updated: I’ve been making this recipe for about 10 years now, and we still love it. I thought it was time to update the post with some better pictures, along with a few tips.
You can add a dash of cinnamon to give this fresh pizza sauce even more flavor, but it’s also perfect just how it is. This sauce is a bit thinner than pizza sauces that are cooked first (cooking them takes out a lot of the liquid from the tomatoes).
Using a less juicy tomato (such as roma tomatoes) will make for a thicker sauce. Heirloom tomatoes will make the flavor much richer than using store bought tomatoes (I wouldn’t even try this recipe with hothouse tomatoes, since they’re usually so watery and bland).
Original Fresh Pizza Sauce Post: Every summer I think, we will not buy as many tomato plants next year. But then spring comes around, and I get gardening fever. I go to buy my plants (I used to start my own, but I’m too lazy now) and I see that it’s cheaper to buy a 4 pack than it is to buy a single plant. And I like variety!
So by the time I pick out some type of cherry tomato, a Roma, an heirloom, and an Early Girl or Big Beef or something, I’ve already got 16 plants. 16 tomato plants!!!
So I always end up with too many tomatoes.
We eat pizza a lot. Too much, really. But if my hubby had it his way, we would alternate between hamburgers and pizza and tacos, and that would basically be it. So our compromise is pizza once a week. I know, that’s a ton (we alternate between quite a few different types, such as pepperoni, the Idaho Rancher, and BBQ chicken, but still….)
So I try to kill 2 birds with one stone by using some of those tomatoes for fresh pizza sauce. And I usually times this recipe by 5 or 6, and then I freeze the extras in ice cube trays. After frozen solid, I put them in a ziploc bag and just pull out as much as I want. Usually 2-3 pizza sauce ice cubes is good for a pizza. Freezing the fresh pizza sauce keeps it tasting like it’s still fresh.
This pizza sauce is more like what you would get at a gourmet pizza shop, and it won’t taste like canned pizza sauce because the tomatoes aren’t cooked. So just a heads up- it’s different, but absolutely delicious!
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 Tbs fresh Basil
- 1 tsp Salt
- pinch of Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp dried Oregano
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
- 2 Ripe Tomatoes
- Tomato Paste to desired thickness
- Blend the garlic and basil in a food processor-- you may have to scrape the sides a couple of times. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend without liquifying.
- Use it right away or freeze it in ice cube trays.
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