Pizza sauce

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: pizza | Tags: , |

A classic Italian recipe. This is a blend of harmonious flavors of ripe tomatoes with onion, peppercorns and oregano.
I often make large quantities of this sauce when tomatoes are in season and freeze it in an air-tight container. That way I am always ready to serve pizza in a hurry.
You can use this recipe for a pasta sauce. Dilute the sauce using water and add 2 tablespoons fresh cream to mellow the sauce a little and toss cooked pasta in it. You can add your favourite herbs too, like a few leaves of basil.

Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes approx. 1 cup.

Ingredients
4 large tomatoes
2 bay leaves
4 to 6 peppercorns
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato purée (optional)
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil or oil
salt to taste
Method
1. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water.
2. Peel, cut into quarters and deseed the tomatoes.
3. Chop finely and keep the tomato pulp aside.
4. Heat the olive oil, add the bay leaves and peppercorns and sauté for a few seconds.
5. Add the onion, garlic and capsicum and sauté for a few minutes.
6. Add the tomato pulp and allow it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce reduces a little.
7. Add the tomato purée, ketchup, sugar and salt and simmer for some more time.
8. Finally, add the oregano and mix well. Remove the capsicum, bay leaves and peppercorns and discard.
9. Use as required.
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