If you want to take your homemade pizza to the next level of deliciousness, look to the sauce. This sauce recipe is made with plenty of roasted garlic and onions, so it has many layers of enticing flavor. The recipe makes enough for about 6 pizzas, so feel free to freeze when you don't initially use, so you can make delicious homemade pizzas time and time again.
- 2 medium yellow onions, diced
- 2 heads of garlic
- 8 – 10 large, red, ripe tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 small can tomato paste
- ½ cup water
Place the whole heads of garlic on a baking sheet. Roast them at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Remove the garlic from the oven, and let it cool. Then, cut the top of each head off, and use your hands to squeeze the roasted garlic out of the peels and into a small bowl. Set the garlic aside for later use.
In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Then, add the onions, and sauté until tender and lightly browned. While the onions are browning, cut the tomatoes in half, and scoop out the seeds. Also, cut away the stem segment before chopping the tomatoes roughly.
Place the tomatoes, garlic, and remaining ingredients in the pan with the onion. If you like your sauce extra spicy, try adding an additional ¼ - ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Place a lid on the pot, and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the lid, and simmer for an additional hour.
At this point, the sauce will have a chunky consistency. You can leave it like this if you prefer, or you can remove the pan from the heat and use an immersion blender to puree it to a finer consistency. After blending, you may find that the sauce is a bit watery. If this is the case, you can let it simmer for an additional 20 – 30 minutes to thicken up.
It's best to let this sauce cool before using it on your pizzas, so plan ahead. Use about ¾ cup of sauce for the average 12-inch pizza. Leftovers should be stored in glass containers, since the sauce is likely to stain and leave a garlic scent in plastic containers. You can refrigerate it for up to a week, or freeze it for a whole year. Bon apetit!
If you're not in the mood for a homemade meal and would rather eat out, check out a local restaurant like Columbus Pizza & Donair.