Great Tasting Organic Pizza Sauce
With the move towards organic foods and a greater focus on thinking about where what we eat comes from, more and more of us are paying attention to how our foods are made. For many of us, that means cooking at home a lot more and concentrating on using only organic ingredients or buying only organic products. However, how do you know whether a store bought organic pizza sauce is really organic?
After all, the regulations surrounding organic labeling can be pretty fuzzy. Here is an organic pizza sauce recipe that allows you to control the ingredients and know whether or not your food really is from a sustainable, healthy source. Just make sure you buy raw ingredients you trust, down to the herbs and spices.
Not only is organic food healthier for you because it is free from pesticides, herbicides and other undesirable chemicals, but it is also tastier. You will be able to smell the rich aroma of an organic tomato through the skin and organic herbs also smell especially good. Combine these ingredients and you will be making a sauce for your pizza which will complement the flavor and also be good for you.
This recipe includes tomatoes, green onion, garlic, and basil among other ingredients, which blend together to produce the tasty sauce. The tomatoes are cooked and then you need to get the skins off. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for longer, then add the herbs at the end. This rich-tasting sauce is great for any kind of pizza crust and will complement any toppings.
- 2 pounds whole organic tomatoes (local if possible)
- 3 ounces certified organic tomato paste
- 1 bunch organic green onions (local if possible)
- 4 cloves organic garlic
- 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- fresh ground organic black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh organic basil leaves, chopped
- 1 ½ cups water
- Begin by blanching the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water. Once the pot is boiling, cut a cross in the bottom of each tomato and boil all of them for twenty seconds.
- Remove to ice water immediately.
- Once tomatoes have cooled slightly, remove skins carefully.
- Cut into quarters and remove pulp and seeds.
- Skins, seeds, and pulp can be composted or saved for stews, soups, and broths.
- Boil quartered tomatoes in a separate pot for five to ten minutes.
- Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan and add tomato quarters. Mash using a potato masher, and then reduce heat to low and simmer.
- Chop green onions and garlic finely.
- Sautee separately, then add to simmering sauce.
- Add one cup of water, then cook for an hour.
- Add ½ cup of water and a splash of red wine (optional).
- Simmer until desired consistency has been reached.
- Do not add herbs until the last half hour of cooking.
Organic is the way to go if you want not only better-tasting food but healthier food too. If you think about it, our ancestors used to only eat organic food because they did not have all the chemical additives and pesticides we use today. Head to the grocery store and you might only find non-organic food, or you might have the choice. Farmers’ markets are also a nice place to shop for organic vegetables. Give your body a treat and enjoy some lovely organic vegetables. The photo shows the tomatoes being pureed but you can just use a sharp knife unless you have such a device.
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