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 .
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!