June 07, 2011

Freezer Pizza Sauce (or Spaghetti Sauce)

With garden's starting to produce, it's a great time to feature a recipe that uses up a lot of those wonderful tomatoes your plants are soon to be laden with!

This recipe is a sauce that can be used in two ways.  I make pizza every Saturday night so we go through more pizza sauce than spaghetti sauce and thus;  I pureed this briefly to give it the texture I wanted.

Originally it was an old spaghetti recipe and if you would like to keep it as such, do NOT puree the tomatoes and onions but leave them simply CHOPPED.  This gives a more chunky texture, perfect for pastas.  You can also add just a smidgen more sugar for a spaghetti sauce if you are used to the sweetness of the commercial style sauces you buy at the store.  It's going to make about 7-8 quarts so be sure you have freezer containers ready!

Freezer Pizza Sauce
(or Spaghetti Sauce)

24 c peeled, chopped tomatoes lightly pureed in a food processor or blender
2 c chopped onion, briefly pureed in food processor
½ c olive oil
2 T minced garlic
3 (12 oz.) cans tomato paste
4-5 bay leaves - left in only for cooking but removed from product before freezing
4-5 T dried oregano
3 T dried basil
3 T salt
2 T pepper
½ cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Cook over medium hight and then reduce to simmer until thick -about 2 or 3 hours.  Cool completely, then freeze in good freezer containers.

*Note:  This recipe was posted in 2011 and is quite good!  However, since 2011, I've published another recipe I like even better so if you do a search using the search bar on the right or at the top of the page, you'll find more options.  

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