Great Tasting Organic Pizza Sauce
With the move towards organic foods and a greater focus on thinking about where what we eat comes from, more and more of us are paying attention to how our foods are made. For many of us, that means cooking at home a lot more and concentrating on using only organic ingredients or buying only organic products. However, how do you know whether a store bought organic pizza sauce is really organic?
After all, the regulations surrounding organic labeling can be pretty fuzzy. Here is an organic pizza sauce recipe that allows you to control the ingredients and know whether or not your food really is from a sustainable, healthy source. Just make sure you buy raw ingredients you trust, down to the herbs and spices.
Organic Pizza Sauce Made at Home
2 pounds whole organic tomatoes (local if possible)
3 ounces certified organic tomato paste
1 bunch organic green onions (local if possible)
4 cloves organic garlic
2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
fresh ground organic black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh organic basil leaves, chopped
1 ½ cups water
Begin by blanching the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water. Once the pot is boiling, cut a cross in the bottom of each tomato and boil all of them for twenty seconds.
Remove to ice water immediately.
Once tomatoes have cooled slightly, remove skins carefully.
Cut into quarters and remove pulp and seeds.
Skins, seeds, and pulp can be composted or saved for stews, soups, and broths.
Boil quartered tomatoes in a separate pot for five to ten minutes.
Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan and add tomato quarters. Mash using a potato masher, and then reduce heat to low and simmer.
Chop green onions and garlic finely.
Sautee separately, then add to simmering sauce.
Add one cup of water, then cook for an hour.
Add ½ cup of water and a splash of red wine (optional).
Simmer until desired consistency has been reached.
Do not add herbs until the last half hour of cooking.
(Tops approximately 2 pizzas)