Who the heck doesn’t love pizza? There must be some of you out there, but I’m pretty sure that pizza is one of the most versatile, universally-loved food out there. You can get the down-home, crowd-pleasing Chicago deep dish supreme or a fancy-schmancy thin-crusted Italian Margherita.
About a year ago, I finally got it right. The sauce, too. This week, we’ll be doing the first of two homemade pizza cooking classes. Think of this as Pizza 101–the basics; versatile sauce, versatile crust, baked in an oven. In a few weeks, we’ll follow up with something a little more advanced.
There are lots of recipes for pizza sauce out there, but most of them are pretty work intensive. Quite honestly, if I’m going through the trouble to make homemade pizza, I don’t want to have to cook the sauce, too. Also, a lot of them are chunky and I don’t like chunky pizza sauce. And a lot of them are cooked with quite a bit of oil, so when you add the cheese, the pizza is all heavy and greasy.
I like this recipe because in addition to being super-yummy, it comes together in just a few minutes and uses ingredients you’ll probably have in your cupboard, anyway. Also, it’s a great dipping sauce for breadsticks! Ready, Freddy?
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
6 oz. water (just use the empty tomato paste can)
3 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning
1 Tbsp. sugar or honey (I usually use sugar because it’s easier and hey, I think we’ve established here that if there’s an easy road or a hard road, I usually take the easy road…)
3/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
Empty tomato paste into a bowl and add water a few tablespoons at a time, stirring constantly until combined. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and allow to stand until ready to use. Covers two average-sized pizza; freezes extremely well.