Pizza Sauce: Special Tomato Sauce

This is our favourite pizza sauce and the one we use most regularly. It tastes amazing and its worth the time to make it. We often make this recipe x4 and then freeze in single portions. It’s our go to pizza sauce and once you try it you’ll know why.

Special Tomato Sauce

Serves 1 pizza | Prep 20minutes | Cook 45 minutes | Perfect to Freeze

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1 average size red pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil/Rapeseed Oil
225g/8 oz canned chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp soft brown sugar
2 tsp fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

* Use the best ingredients you can get as it does make a difference to the over all taste e.g get the best quality canned chopped tomatoes.

** If you are making more than one of this recipe at the same time DO NOT add any more bay leaves, just the original one is fine as otherwise it can over power the sauce.

Want to use fresh tomatoes? The original recipe uses fresh tomatoes however we only tend to do this rarely which is why I mentioned the most common version we use. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, use the same amount as mentioned and to prepare them do the following; Cut a cross in the base of each tomato and place them in a bowl. Pour on boiling water and leave for about 45 seconds. Drain, and then plunge in cold water. The skins will slide off easily. Chop the tomatoes, discarding any hard cores.

Method

1.) Fry the onion, pepper and garlic gently in the oil for 5 minutes until softened, but not browned.

2.) Add the tomatoes to the onion mixture with the tomato purée, sugar, herbs and seasoning. Stir well. Bring to the boil, cover and leave to simmer gently for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until you have a thickish sauce.

3.) Remove the bay leaf and adjust the seasoning to taste. Leave to cool completely before using. This sauce will keep well in a sealed jar or container in the fridge for up to a week.

How to Freeze

We put them sauce in a zip lock bag, if we’ve made the recipe x4 for example then we portion into single portions before freezing. When you want the sauce remove from the freezer the morning of the day you want to use it, if short for time remove from freezer and put the bag you’ve frozen into a bowl of water. It should then be ready to use within a few hours.

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Nutritional Information – one amount of sauce recipe

Calories: 152  | Total Fat: 0.5 g  Saturated: 0.1 g | Sodium: 444.6 mg  | Potassium: 500.9 g  | Total Carbs: 34.0 g Dietary Fibres: 7.1 g  Sugars: 20.1 g  | Protein: 5.0 g

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