If you’re a pizza lover, you know that the sauce is just as important as the dough. And what’s better than a homemade pizza sauce that is both tasty and healthy? This recipe requires minimal effort and doesn’t contain any added sugar or salt, making it perfect for kids and babies.
Why Make Homemade Pizza Sauce?
Unbeatable Taste: There’s something special about the taste of homemade sauce. It adds a unique flavor to your pizza that you simply can’t replicate with store-bought options.
Easy to Make: Don’t be fooled by the word “homemade.” This sauce is incredibly easy and quick to prepare. It’s definitely worth the extra little effort.
Basic Ingredients: You’ll likely find most of the ingredients in your pantry already, with the exception of fresh basil. So no need to make an extra trip to the grocery store.
Full Control: One of the best things about making your own sauce is that you have complete control over the ingredients. You can adjust the garlic and herbs to suit your taste buds, and you can skip the sugar and salt if you’re making it for a baby or young child.
Olive Oil: Used to sauté the garlic and add a rich flavor to the sauce.
Garlic: Freshly minced garlic brings a burst of flavor to the sauce. Feel free to add more or less depending on your preference. It’s also a great way to introduce different flavors to your little ones.
Passata: This smooth tomato sauce is perfect for making a quick pizza sauce. If you can’t find passata, you can use cans of crushed or chopped tomatoes instead. Just blend them with a stick blender to remove any lumps.
Tomato Paste: Tomato paste helps thicken the sauce, making it easier to spread on your pizza bases.
Oregano: Dried oregano is used in this recipe, but you can use fresh if you prefer. If using fresh oregano, add it at the end of the cooking time, along with the basil.
Basil: Fresh basil is the star of this sauce. It adds a delightful flavor that elevates the entire pizza. However, if you don’t have fresh basil, you can use dried basil as well.
(Salt): This recipe doesn’t include salt, as it was developed with babies and toddlers in mind. However, if you’re making it for older children or adults, feel free to add a pinch of salt to taste.
How to Make Pizza Sauce
There are countless pizza sauce recipes out there, each with its own variations. Some require no cooking, while others need to simmer for hours. This sauce falls somewhere in between.
Without some cooking, the sauce may not have the depth of flavor you desire. However, thanks to the combination of passata and tomato paste, you don’t need to simmer it for a long time. But if you have the time, simmering for longer can help develop the flavors even more.
Thickening Pizza Sauce
If you find the sauce too thin, you can either add a little more tomato paste or allow it to simmer longer, uncovered.
Combating an Acidic Taste
Using high-quality passata or crushed tomatoes will result in a better-tasting sauce. If you feel that the flavor is too acidic, try simmering the sauce for a bit longer, adding more herbs, or even a pinch of sugar.
This homemade pizza sauce is perfect for traditional pizzas and even some unique creations. Why not try it on:
- Pizza Toast
- Mini cauliflower pizzas
- Tortilla Pizza
- Rainbow pitta pizza
- Sweet potato pizzas
The possibilities are endless!
If you have any leftovers or want to make a larger batch for future use, here’s how to store the sauce:
Refrigerator: Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Freezer: To freeze the sauce, let it cool and then transfer it to freezable bags or containers. For smaller portions, ideal for baby food, use flexible ice-cube trays. Once frozen, remove the cubes and transfer them to a freezable bag or container. It will keep well in the freezer for future pizza nights.
So why settle for store-bought sauce when you can easily make your own? Give this homemade pizza sauce recipe a try, and you won’t be disappointed. Your taste buds will thank you, and your little ones will love it too.