Garden Fresh Pizza Sauce

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It’s Tips for Tuesday!

This week’s tip:  Use up those garden tomatoes by making your own pizza sauce!

Pizza sauce is super simple to make and a great way to add a healthy and fresh component to pizza.  It is also a great way to use up those summer tomatoes and basil if you grow them like me.  You can make a big batch of sauce and freeze it in portions, so that you always have some available.  Try it with Zoale’s Three Cheese Pizza .

Garden Fresh Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt (not used all at once)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar (not used all at once)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Clean the tomatoes and slice in half, and peel the garlic cloves and slice into thick even slices. Grease a deep oven pan (I use a cast iron pan that is 2 1/2 in deep) and place the tomatoes in cut-side up, and place the garlic slices on the tomatoes, so they aren't directly on the pan. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. sugar evenly over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil evenly over the tomatoes (I use about 1 tbsp.) and then lightly drizzle the vinegar over the tomatoes (not more than 1 tsp).
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 50 minutes to 1 hour until fork tender. Once cooked, puree with the basil, remaining salt and sugar and garlic powder. Either use a heat proof blender or an immersion blender. If you do not have either, let the tomatoes cool and puree in a blender or food processor. If your device will not puree the skins of the tomatoes, make sure and peel them first.
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can also freeze the sauce. Enjoy!
  • 14 Responses to“Garden Fresh Pizza Sauce”

    1. 08/25/2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Sauce color looks perfect..homemade is always best

      • Zoale.com
        08/25/2015 at 10:07 pm #

        Thank you Vidya! Yes, I agree..homemade is always best 🙂

    2. 08/25/2015 at 8:51 pm #

      I was making something like this all summer with our garden tomatoes. I make it by the sheet pan full and freeze it in quart jars. Don’t even add the sugar since garden fresh tomatoes are pretty sweet on their own. Brilliant idea!

      • Zoale.com
        08/25/2015 at 10:09 pm #

        Thank you Gretchen! It is great to make in large batches too. I tend to freeze, but need to learn more about canning 🙂

    3. 08/29/2015 at 2:42 am #

      I would love to try this at home…Thanks for sharing…

      • Zoale.com
        08/29/2015 at 8:54 am #

        I hope you get a chance to try it Swapna 🙂

    4. 08/29/2015 at 11:54 pm #

      Where are the bread sticks?…….

      • Zoale.com
        08/30/2015 at 9:21 am #

        Very true 🙂

    5. 05/19/2016 at 8:48 am #

      I love homemade sauce! I am bookmarking this one for when my tomatoes are ready. 😊

      • Zoale.com
        05/19/2016 at 8:55 am #

        Me too and I love when tomatoes are in season. I hope you enjoy it Kelly 😀

        • 05/19/2016 at 9:36 am #

          I am sure I will! Roasted tomatoes? nothing better!

        • Zoale.com
          05/19/2016 at 9:45 am #

          I am with you…I love roasted tomatoes! Have a wonderful day 😀

        • 05/19/2016 at 11:17 pm #

          You too!

        • Zoale.com
          05/23/2016 at 8:56 am #

          😀

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