Way back when, my family had a pizza shop. Our pizza was to die for! (Apparently our sandwiches were good as well, because my father in law keeps hounding me for the stromboli recipe, hahahaha!) Sadly, the shop is no more, but my love of pizza will never end! Needless to say, I’m pretty picky about it.
While there are a few places that make some really great pizza (I have a favorite in Portland, as well as a favorite back in Indianapolis), in my house we make pizza more often than we order it. I’d like to say that’s because I slave over my own dough, pull my own mozzarella, bake it in a backyard wood oven, etc. but mostly it’s because I discovered Trader Joe’s refrigerated pizza dough. While the dough is easy to use and up to my high-faluting standards, I’ve yet to find a jarred pizza sauce that is up to par. So I make my own. It requires no cooking and literally takes 5 minutes. 5 MINUTES!!! Do not buy pizza sauce every again. EVER.
Start with a can of REAL Italian San Marzano tomatoes. Almost every grocery store carries them nowadays. They are a little more expensive than traditional, but well worth it, especially for the amount of pizza sauce you’ll get from one can. Generally speaking, I prefer fresh to canned veggies, but this Italian girl makes an exception in this case.
Dump the entire can, juice and all, into your food processor or blender and add your spices. I prefer a very plain, slightly sweet sauce that doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the rest of the pizza. See the printable recipe below for my combo, but as always feel free to use what you like. :)
Blend just until the sauce starts to smooth out but still a little chunky. The end! Now go make pizza!!!! Or, warm it and use as pasta sauce, or as a dipper for your favorite garlic bread :)