Saturday, October 3, 2009

Homemade Pizza Sauce

We made these pizzas a couple weeks ago, the sauce is really good. Patrick really didn't like the first round with the original toppings, but we both enjoyed the Hawaiian version.

Hawaiian Pizza

Pita Pizzas

Pizza Sauce:
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow or white onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 15-oz. can tomato puree
1 T tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Crust and Toppings:
4 whole wheat pita bread rounds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly-ground black pepper
toppings of your choice

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 400F.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until soft, about 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, wine, oregano, basil, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.

Drizzle the pitas with the oil and season with salt and pepper.

Spread the sauce over the pitas, then top with the cheese and other toppings.

Place the pizzas on a baking sheet, transfer to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp, about 20 minutes.

Cut each pizza into 4 slices and serve immediately.

Source: Savory Spicy Sweet

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