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An All Purpose Pizza Sauce Recipe

Looking for a pizza sauce recipe that will go with pretty much any kind of pizza, from thin crust to Chicago style deep dish? If so, this is the one. Pizza sauce can be tricky to get right – it is hard to figure out what is making it taste strange sometimes. The science of making pizza sauce is probably at least as varied as the quest for the right pizza dough!

Fortunately, it is possible to make homemade pizza of the same quality, as you will find in your local pizzeria. Starting with the right sauce and doing a little experimentation are key. Try varying spice amounts and cooking time to get the sauce that suits your taste. You will never order pizza out again!

It might be hard to find the right pizza sauce recipe in the beginning, but find one you fall in love with and your troubles will be over because you will soon learn the recipe off by heart and be able to make it every time you are making pizza. The same can be true of store-bought pizza sauce. Some are too bitter or too bland, while others are too sweet.

Turn over the jar and take a look at the ingredients – see all those chemicals, preservatives and sugars? Those are exactly what you do not want in your own homemade sauce, another reason for choosing to make your own. The following recipe boasts a variety of flavors, including herbs, parmesan, garlic, minced vegetables, and more, for a superior flavor which you are sure to love.

Pizza Sauce Recipe for any Pizza
Summary: This pizza sauce can be used on any pizza crust, such as deep-dish, thin and crispy, even New York style. It complements any toppings too, and is simple to make.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 8
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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup sweet onion, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 eight ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 six ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, whole
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Add olive oil and combine, and then add onion, garlic, and celery. Sauté until soft and translucent.
  2. Add tomato sauce and paste, stirring until well combined.
  3. Mix in additional ingredients and lower heat to simmer.
  4. Cook thirty to sixty minutes, until desired texture has been obtained.
  5. Remove bay leaf and allow to cool slightly, and then spread on prepared pizza dough.
(Tops 1-3 pizzas)

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A lot of pizza sauce recipes are versatile, especially those which combine tomatoes, herbs and garlic, for a simple taste, but this one is really versatile because it can be used on any kind of crust. It is thick enough not to sink into softer crusts and delicately flavored enough not to clash with your toppings, whichever ones you choose to put on the pizza. The photo offers a suggestion for the pizza, and you can see the sauce is generously applied, then the pizza also features olives, anchovies, and some dried herbs. One slice of such a pizza will lead to another, and more than likely another!


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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