Homemade pizzas are popular around these parts, and when I go to the effort of making homemade crust it pains me to have to throw on some bottled pasta sauce. The other day we made up a big batch of pizza dough and I wanted to create a go-to pizza sauce recipe that was easier to make than my homemade marinara, but still had depth of flavor and would freeze well. I was successful! This sauce is amazing on pizza, as a dip with cheese bread (hold me back!) and we even had it on pasta noodles later in the week. With this recipe I was able to freeze several quart sizes bags for the next time we have the urge to make pizzas. This recipe is so simple and practically perfect you will want to bookmark it for sure!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
In a large soup pot, heat to medium heat the olive oil. Add the diced onions and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add the following and continue to saute:
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. black pepper
3 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 tsp. salt
4 tsp. sugar
Once spices are fragrant add the following ingredients and continue to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes to several hours, depending how
thick you want your sauce. Sauce freezes great in freezer bags or containers for up to one year.
7 (15 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
12-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or use 1-2 Tbls. of dried basil)
Dash cayenne pepper (if you like a little kick)
Serve pizza sauce on homemade pizzas, as a dip, over pasta or whatever suits your fancy ;)