Friday, October 7, 2011

Pizza Sauce

Friday night is usually pizza night in our house, and we used to order out almost every week. That was until I found this super quick and easy pizza sauce. I've tried many pizza sauces, but this one is my favorite. I always felt the others were lacking in something but I didn't know what. That was until I tried this recipe and discovered that the secret ingredient is marjoram. This isn't something I normally add to tomato sauces, but it is fantastic in this pizza sauce. We've used this sauce on pizzas and as a dipping sauce for calzones. Now I know that after a long day at work, it is much easier to just order pizza, but you can keep both the sauce and dough in the freezer to have on hand when you need it, or you can make something simple like the english muffin pizzas below. My family goes crazy for these...

Pizza Sauce

1 - 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

In a medium saucepan, combine the tomatoes, oil, garlic, herbs, and salt. Add the crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste the sauce and add a pinch of sugar to balance out the acidity, if needed. 

Source: adapted from Annie's Eats

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