Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Homemade Pizza Sauce (And Bagel Pizzas!)

Do you guys remember last week when I was up to my bountiful behind in tomatoes and I promised you a killer pizza sauce recipe if you'd bear with me? I've never lied to you before have I? In fact, the only two places I lie are at the Driver's License Bureau ("of course I still weigh what I weighed when I was 16, so move on to the next question you idiot") and at the doctor's office when he asks me how much wine I drink ("oh well, ya know, just a glass or two on the weekends, doc,") and to be completely honest with you, I'd lie about my weight there too if they didn't make me step on those flippin' scales every time I go!

Anyway, back to my original promise of not lying to you, my friends, my readers. This really is the best pizza sauce you'll ever taste. I'll admit it's rather time consuming, but the end result is a very bold and rich pizza sauce that makes its presence known. If you're a sauce lover, you'll love this, swears.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Approximately 10 pounds of Roma tomatoes (or enough to make 8 cups of tomato puree)
2 TBSP olive oil, divided
2 TBSP dried oregano leaves
2 tsp basil
1 TBSP kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP Splenda (or sugar)
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1- 6 oz can of tomato paste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.

Core tomatoes and cut in half. Remove seeds. Place tomatoes on baking sheets and sprinkle with one TBSP of the olive oil, 1 tsp of the kosher salt and the pepper.

Place baking sheets in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until tomatoes have softened and are just starting to break down. Remove from oven and run tomatoes through sieve or food mill to remove skins and any leftover seeds you may have missed.

You should end up with close to 8 cups of tomato puree. To the puree, add the remaining olive oil, oregano, basil, remaining salt, onion powder, garlic powder, Splenda (or sugar,) and the crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.

Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees. Place a 9X13 glass baking dish in the oven and pour the puree into the dish. Do not try to do this the opposite way unless you want to spill tomato puree all over your new kitchen rug.

Set oven timer for 1 hour. Stir puree. Set oven time for another hour. Stir puree. (do you see where this becomes time consuming?) This step is important however because it is the reduction that gives the sauce its richness. You're going to continue this step until your puree has reduced to about 1/3 the original volume.

Remove pan from oven and stir in the tomato paste. Stir well to combine. This recipe will yield about 3 cups of pizza sauce. I usually freeze this in 1/2 cup portions because that's how much sauce I typically use on one pizza for hubby and myself. It will also be enough sauce to make 8 bagel pizzas.

To make the bagel pizzas, cut four bagels in half. ( I used my homemade bagels, but feel free to use any bagel you like.) Lightly toast the bagels in the toaster then place on a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.

Return oven heat to 400 degrees.

Top bagels with pizza sauce.

Then finish topping with your favorite pizza toppings. I used some sauteed peppers and onions, diced turkey pepperoni, olives and mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and browned.


Lynda said...

The sauce sounds better than delicious! Can't wait to try it with my pizza dough. The bagel pizzas look super yummy and easy, which is a must right now with our steamy, hot weather.Thanks!

June (JBug) said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing Mags. Thanks or sharing it with us. Oh - I'm with ya' on the wine bit at the Doctor's office. Do you think they can tell we're fibbin?

stephchows said...

yikes this is time consuming! but it looks so good! so glad you liked the wedding photos!!!

Moogie said...

Okay... I'm phoning in my order for pizza. It'll be here in 30 minutes or less.... right?

By the way, a little present for ya.

Nights in white satin, never reaching the end,
Letters I've written, never meaning to send.
Beauty I'd always missed with these eyes before.
Just what the truth is, I can't say anymore.

'Cos I love you, yes I love you, oh how I love you.

Gazing at people, some hand in hand,
Just what I'm going through they can't understand.
Some try to tell me, thoughts they cannot defend,
Just what you want to be, you will be in the end.

Julie said...

Hi! I am so with you on the weight and the wine. At the dr's office last week and I think their scales need fixed, couldn't believe the # :(.

This looks great. You'd mentioned a roma tomato sauce recipe? I am looking for a good one. If you have one, can you email me?

Faith said...

This pizza suace looks amazing and put me in the mood for pizza now! Thanks for sharing.

Nanan said...

My number on my license hasn't changed either! Lovely looking sauce!!! Excellent use of those tomatoes!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Mags, you're brilliant! Tomatoes always taste better when roasted, and to take that idea a step further by also roasting the tomato sauce you make with roasted tomatoes is just, well, genius. This is my fallow time for garden tomatoes, but I'll definitely give your technique a go when I start harvesting again in Oct. Many thanks for sharing,

Megan said...

Your sauce looks perfect. I cant wait to get the oppertunity to try this. Thanks for a great recipe.

Amanda said...

Ooooo sounds fabulous! I have a homemade sauce recipe too, but I love that yours uses fresh tomatoes!

Barbara Bakes said...

It sounds time consuming, but amazing. Love the dark red color. Have you tried it without adding the tomato paste?

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh... That pizza sauce sounds wonderful! I'm all for time consuming (what does it say about me that I enjoy and sometimes prefer time consuming recipes? ... that's a rhetorical question!). Love it!

Karen said...

That looks like such a thick, rich sauce. I've made my own sauce, so I know how much work it is. I've got a roma plant in the garden and I'm not so patiently waiting for the tomatoes to get ripe! Lie about your age and how much wine you drink? I don't know how anybody could do that ;) Oh, and if you make the sauteed radishes, you might just become a fan - they're good!

Velva said...

I would have been making baked pasta galore with this fabulous sauce you made. My son would have gone nuts over the bagel pizzas.

As always, great post. Love the photos.

Leslie said...

This will sound stupid, but I always wondered how to make pizza sauce. It looks fabulous but not quite as good as those bagel pizzas. I think it's time to make bagels again, if just to have bagel pizza with your pizza sauce!

Laurie said...

Looks amazing, Mags! We're HUGE homemade pizza people in our house so I'll definitely be making this recipe. Plus, like you, I have a tonne of tomatoes from my garden. I've been giving the excess away to friends and family. Perhaps I'll be keeping them from now on!

As for the lying about weight and wine consumption? I think of it more as creative and inventive truth. ;)

On a different note, I was awarded the Versatile Blogger award and one of the stipulations was to forward it to my favourite blogs. You are at the top of that list, Mags. I adore your blog, your recipes and your sense of humour. Keep it comin'!!

A Year on the Grill said...

Thanks for this post.. I have on my list to start making my own sauce. Needed the kick in the head, and there are so many GREAT tomatoes out right now

Great post

From the Kitchen said...

I can imagine just how great the flavor becomes by roasting the tomatoes. Thanks for a recipe that will keep the "bears" happy this winter!!

Uh, I still weigh the same as when I was sixteen--and my hair is still the same color. Well, that's what my driver's license says and I'm sticking with it.


scrambledhenfruit said...

Love the roasted tomatoes in this sauce! I roasted tomatoes last week- why didn't I think of making sauce with them? I'm definitely going to get some more tomatoes and try this- we use a lot of pizza sauce. This is my first time visiting your blog- I love it!

nallabelle said...

I used this sauce tonight along with your whole wheat pizza crust. FANTASTIC!!!!!Will definitely use both of these recipes again and again. Thank you.

restaurant Fort Lauderdale said...

I am so excited to get a bite of these pizza bagels once I try making them tonight! For sure, my large family will ask for more. Being the only one-yeah, I said it- in the family who cooks, I sometimes get bugged by demands such as a new dish or new taste but I do love making my family smile. I can’t wait to see their smiles tonight. Thank you for sharing.

Rachel Page said...

Wow - is this legal?! It looks so naughtily good, and I am afraid I would have to eat it all sharing!