Who doesn’t love pizza? Well, it’s even better when homemade because you get exactly what you want on top. However, it does take some time if you want to do it right. The only way is by making your very own pizza sauce. Plus it comes extremely handy if you have tomatoes that need to get used!
Ingredients: For Pizza Sauce
- 6 med-large tomatoes or if you want to the easy way out 1 can (28-ounce) whole peeled tomatoes in juice
- 1 small white or sweet onion finely diced and minced
- 1 clove of garlic peeled and minced
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- pinch of salt
- pinch of fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil to sauté the onion and garlic
Ingredients: For Pizza Dough
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup of warm water (105°F to 115°F)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoon of olive oil
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of cornmeal
Start with making your pizza dough first and pizza sauce second.
Steps: For Pizza Dough (From Kitchen Aid: Crusty Pizza Dough)
- Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water. Make sure your mixing bowl is warm as well. Don’t use hot water because you’ll kill the yeast and the dough won’t rise.
- Add salt, olive oil and 2 1/2 cups of flour. Make sure your dough hook is attached and turn to Speed 2.
- Continue on Speed 2 and add remaining flower 1/2 a cup at a time. Mix until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl. It should take 2 minutes. Knead at Speed 2 for 2 minutes longer.
- Place dough in greased bowl and cover with a dish towel. Place in a warm place, free from a draft for an hour. The dough should double in size after an hours time.
(Start your sauce while your pizza dough is rising)
- The dough should have doubled in size after an hours time. Punch dough down.
- Brush 14-inch pizza pan with oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Press dough across the bottom of pan, foaming a collar around edge to hold toppings.
Steps: For Sauce
1. Blanch tomatoes if your using fresh tomatoes
2. Place tomatoes in a mixing bowl and coarsely crush the tomatoes with a fork or hands. (I found using my hands was much simpler)
3. Mince your onion
4. In a heavy bottom 2-quart saucepot, add your olive over medium high flame and heat. Add onions and sauté until slightly translucent. Add garlic and sauté until golden brown.
5. Add the crushed tomatoes to the mix.
6. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
7. Season with salt, pepper. basil and oregano.
8. Blend everything with a hand mixer and simmer on a low flame, stirring often for at least 15 minutes.
9. Your pizza dough should be ready so start preparing your pizza!