|It’s all about the sauce…It’s homemade 🙂|
Very recently I did something I’d never done…I made pizza sauce. I often make pizza at home. It usually entails, purchased pizza dough, some form of organic sauce that I “doctor” to my taste, and great toppings like Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, bacon, shrimp & sauteed onion.
Since I recently mastered pizza dough, and after hearing Caroline Manzo from The Real Housewives of New Jersey say that ‘people in the south probably don’t make their own sauce’, I felt challenged to make my own. In her defense, she was attempting to cook southern food and it seemed very unfamiliar to her and her comment was based on her ‘knowing’ Italian cookery, and southerners ‘knowing’ southern cookery. But still, a challenge is a challenge and southerners don’t back down 🙂
I love the way the sauce turned out…thick and flavorful, with a little kick from the red pepper flakes and mellowed sweetness from the brown sugar.
You could probably substitute canned tomato puree but, since I was going for all homemade, I wanted to try a sauce using fresh tomatoes. Since I have not tested this theory, it’s just me guessing 🙂
Makes about 4 cups
2 tablespoons bacon drippings* or 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lbs ripe roma tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeds removed, and finely chopped or pureed
1 cup grated carrots
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves chopped garlic, divided
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
*Yes, bacon drippings…I’m only using a small amount and it’s uncured organic bacon 🙂
In a heavy large sauce pan, heat bacon drippings and olive oil on medium heat until hot. Add grated carrots, celery, and onion, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until onions begin to soften. Add half of the garlic and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and water. When mixture begins to bubble, stir in tomatoes, remaining garlic, Parmesan, oregano, basil, onion powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper flakes. Cover and reduce heat to low, allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Cooking Creation says
You had me at your first ingredient — bacon drippings! lol I have a go-to pizza sauce that I love but it doesn’t involve carrots. I’ll have to give yours a try! Your pizza looks delicious!
Kitchen Belleicious says
Oh you had me at pizza. again a favorite of mine and I love hearing other peoples version of their favorite sauce. Mine has to have red pepper flakes in it and tons of basil but yours sound delicious and i hope to try it soon!
Sinful Sundays says
Bacon drippings! Love it. The pizza itself looks so good too! I’m going to have to make this the next time I decide to make homemade pizza.
In Katrina's Kitchen says
I love kitchen confessions…yes bacon drippings lol
@Celeste…Thank you, one day I’ll do a post about my bacon drippings.
@Jessica(KB)…Thanks, I could stand a few more pepper flakes in this recipe…I did end up sprinkling some on my finished piece.
@Jihane…Thanks, I’ve seen the stuffed crust pizza on your blog…Perfection!
@Katrina…Thanks. Girl, I would have more confessions but I self edit…a whole lot!
Sounds yummy! And what does someone from New Jersey know about Southern cooking anyway!