Friday, November 8, 2013

Homemade Pizza Sauce

This recipe uses fresh tomato sauce you cook from garden fresh tomatoes.  It's a wonderful pizza sauce, with a ton of flavor only achieved from fresh "home grown" or farmer's market tomatoes.  Nothing beats it for taste!

5 cups fresh tomato sauce (see here on how to cook your own)
1 small onion, minced
3-4 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. course-ground black pepper
1/2 tbls. sugar
1/2 tbls. parsley
1 tbls. oregano
1/2 tbls. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
2 tbls. lemon juice, divided

Mix all ingredients, except lemon juice, in a large sauce pan and cook over medium to medium-low heat until sauce reduces by half and thickens (this will take 1 hour or so).

Once thickened to your liking, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour into blender, or use immersion blender, and blend mixture until smooth. 

Pour or ladle pizza sauce into 4 half-pint (8 oz) canning jars, adding 1/2 tbls. lemon juice to each jar, leaving 1/2" head space. 

Process jars in boiling water for 35 minutes. Remove from heat, remove jars and allow to cool on a kitchen towel on your counter-top.

Jars are sealed when button in the middle of the lid depresses completely.

Yield:  4 half-pint (8 oz) jars

*Cook's note - use when you make Pizza at Home, or as a dip with fried mozzarella cheese sticks, garlic-cheese bread bread and more.


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