I’ve had quite a few devotee-made pizzas. Some are pretty good, some are … interesting. See, the “problem” lies in the garlic issue. Devotees don’t cook with garlic or onions. But most pizza sauces contain garlic and/or onions. That means that we have to make out own. This is where it gets interesting.
Many devotees make pizzas with a lot of toppings. Personally, I’m a traditionalist. I like a plain old cheese pizza (vegan cheese, in my case). No fake meat, no cauliflower, no eggplant or bittermellon (seriously, I’ve seen a few pizzas with bittermellon as a topping).
But that’s not the point of this. The point here is pizza sauce. And pizza sauce is not pasta sauce. There’s a difference. At least, there should be. With me there is. Pasta sauce should be an outspoken flavor. Pizza sauce should be noticeable, but only in a “hey! this pizza sauce doesn’t make me barf!” sort of way.
And here’s how I make mine…
- 1 14ish ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- little olive oil for frying
- 1/4 t hing
- 1/2 t basil
- 1/4 t oregano
- 1/8 t marjoram
- 1/8 t thyme
- 1/4 t black pepper
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 t sugar
1) oil in pan, medium heat – wait till hot, add hing and fry
2) add can of crushed tomatoes
3) add spices
4) let simmer for about 20 or so minutes.
This should make enough for two pies.
I make the sauce and Smartz makes the dough. I don’t know what she does to that though. It’s always really good though. For cheese, we use Follow Your Heart.
So whatever you like to put on your pizza… even if it’s bittermellon, give this pasta sauce a try. The folks who have had it seem to really like it.