Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tomato Basil Pizza Sauce

This pizza sauce is absolutely amazing! It is so flavorful and delicious! It is not a salty sauce (I usually think of salt as flavor), but very flavorful. The garlic smells amazing while it is sauteing in the oil. Mmmmmm I don't care for the taste of wine in my food, but used wine in this pizza sauce and actually enjoyed it. You could use chicken broth, apple or grape juice in place of the wine if you prefer.

1 (28 oz) can tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Coarsely chop or crush the tomatoes or push them through a food mill (you want a slightly chunky texture). In a large skillet or saute pan, saute the garlic briefly in the oil. Add the tomatoes and wine. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Add the herbs and pepper and cook 5 minutes longer.

The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days and in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe adapted from The Bread Bible.

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