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Cincinnati Style Sweet Pizza Sauce Recipe

Cincinnati, Ohio is famous for its sweet chilies, and also its sweet pizza sauce. If you have been there, you have surely experienced this taste treat. However, it can be pretty hard to find anywhere else. That is why you need this sweet pizza sauce recipe, to allow you to make it at home. Once you start using this sauce, there is a pretty good chance you will stop ordering pizza.

Try a bread machine pizza dough with this sauce to cut back on prep time, and do not skimp on the sweetness! If you have been looking for the perfect sweet pizza sauce recipe, this is the one for you. It makes a lot, so be prepared to freeze some sauce in individual packets for later use. It is a handy way to have pizza ingredients available when you need them.

There are quite a few ingredients in this sauce but the flavors will be allowed to mellow out and combine, so you can expect a smooth flavor in the finished sauce, and of course in the finished pizza. The tomato puree (or it might be labeled ‘passata’ which is Italian for sieved tomatoes) is combined with herbs and garlic, honey and brown sugar, carrot and oil, to make a complex sauce which is rich in Italian flavors and really satisfying.

If you usually find yourself making the same tomato sauce recipes over and over, consider this one as a change of pace. Everyone will love the aromatic flavors in it and the ingredients are easy to get. Perhaps you already have them all, or at least most of them, in the kitchen cupboard. This sauce is made by combining the ingredients in a pan and letting it simmer gently for half an hour. This way you can be assured all those lovely flavors will mellow out and develop.

Cincinnati's Famous Sweet Pizza Sauce Recipe
Summary: This Cincinnati-style pizza sauce boasts a combination of herbs, garlic, brown sugar, and onions. It is simmered gently to coax the maximum flavor out of the ingredients.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 12
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  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 twenty-eight ounce can tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon dried onions, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon carrot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ground black pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil to medium in a large pot and add tomato puree carefully to avoid splattering.
  2. Add all other ingredients and simmer on low heat, stirring regularly, for half an hour to one hour, until sauce reaches preferred consistency.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature, and then spread on pizza.
(Makes sauce for 6 to 8 pizzas)

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Pizza sauces vary and some home cooks enjoy making a different pizza sauce every time they make a pizza, some with herbs, some with cheese, some spicy, and others following a brand new recipe for totally different results. This recipe is really good and it is simple to make too. Just put the ingredients in a pan and let the mixture cook. As it cooks, the flavors will combine and harmonize, and the taste will round out. This is a gourmet pizza sauce recipe which complements any kind of pizza crust, and works well with various toppings, especially cheese-heavy pizza recipes.


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