Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homemade Pizza Sauce (SCD Friendly)

I make pizza every week for my family.  My kids love it – especially my son who’s never had “real” pizza, so it’s such a treat for him.  I make an allergy friendly crust (that I will be sharing with you on Friday) which he loves.  For a long time I purchased a popular canned organic pizza sauce, but then one day it dawned on me that I could make the sauce, and another added bonus, I can have an SCD pizza sauce on hand.  It’s so easy to double this batch and freeze for the following week.  Many store bought brands add sugars or thickeners (boo).  You can control every ingreidnet in homemade (yay).  And making your own pizza sauce is yet another way to decrease waste in your kitchen, thus one more step toward a greener kitchen (double yay).  There are only a few ingredients (and summer garden ingredients too).  So give it a try and have fun adding your own twist and flavors.    

Ingredients 
-1 pound of small slicer tomatoes, chopped 
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped 
-1 ounce fresh basil (about 1 1/2 cups)
-1/2 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
-1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
-1/2 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
-1 tablespoon oil
-1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional) 

How To:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.  In a large roasting dish, combine above ingredients (except honey) and toss to incorporate.
2.  Roast veggies for 25 minutes. 
3.  Remove from oven and cool.
4.  Blend in food processor or blender of choice, add in honey at this time if desired.  I add in about 1/4 teaspoon, just to offset the acidic tomatoes – add more if using very acidic tomatoes. 

Notes:
*Using the right tomatoes is important, as some tomatoes have much more juice.  The key to a successful pizza sauce is minimal liquid.  So, I add just a bit of oil for roasting, use meaty tomatoes, and squeeze out any juice (I like smaller slicers or big meaty heirlooms).  Romas are very watery, but if this is all you have, try and squeeze out all the liquid before roasting.  
(free of: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, yeast, nuts, and sugar) 

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