September 23, 2014

Homemade Pizza Sauce

If you've read An American Housewife for any number of years, you may already know our family has had a standing Pizza Night weekly tradition since...  around 1997. 

Back then I had three 'Littles' ranging in ages from 1 to 6.  My husband worked Friday nights so the kids and I started a a special 'Mommy and Me Movie Night'.

Every Friday night was 'movie night' for us with either a kids movie or (at the time) watching the ABC Friday night line up that included Sabrina the Teenaged Witch followed by Boy Meets World...  and unbeknownst to me, I started a tradition that lasted until today.  The only changes made were when my oldest started high school we had to switch it to Saturday night as my oldest daughter made varsity cheerleader her Freshman year and had to cheer at the Friday night football games.

To this day... my Little's are now adults and college students, they still make sure I'm making 'pizza' on Saturday nights when they come to visit or even during the holidays! 

While I loved my pizza dough recipe, I had never found nor made a pizza sauce recipe I truly loved enough to make it my standing 'go to' recipe. Not any more.

I have finally found a sauce recipe I'm more than happy with.  I will still tweak ingredients based on what I might have on hand at the time, but this is a recipe I 'played around with' and decided it was good enough to go into my 'every week' recipe files.

Pizza Sauce

Olive oil
1/2 c chopped, yellow onion
1/4 c chopped celery
2 t fresh minced garlic
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 c fresh, diced tomatoes or use diced, canned tomatoes
1 t dried basil
1 t dried oregano
1 t fennel
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 t honey or sugar

Cook the celery and onions in a bit of butter and olive oil in a hot pan til tender.  Add the garlic.  Cook about 1 minute so you don't burn the garlic.  Add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes.  Put into a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.  Put back in the saucepan and add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer slowly for about 20-30 minutes.  Makes about 2 medium to large pizzas.

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