It’s extremely rare for me to buy any pre-made sauces: not only are they packed with filler ingredients, but tend to also contain a lot of sugar, and I don’t particular find that sweetness necessary, or even nice in any way shape or form.
Of course, I will buy Thai curry pastes in a jar, cause ain’t nobody (i.e. me) got time for that (or pocket money to buy all the ingredients. Seriously, props to those who do take the time and effort to make these pastes from scratch – you’re the real MVP), but a simple pasta or pizza sauce? Nuh-uh, they’re too easy to make myself, and a lot nicer too, than to buy premade and preservative packed.
Anyway, as this weekend recognised my one-year anniversary with Ben, we celebrated with homemade pizza. Now, because I am gluten intolerant, and Ben not so much, we did take the easy way out and buy premade bases cause otherwise I would’ve been having to make two lots of dough and, uh, ain’t nobody got time for that? 😕
But the pizza sauce? Oh hell no! There is never an excuse to use pizza sauce from a jar or *shudder* a sachet!
However, as I didn’t have the time to make my own passata I did buy a jar of that, but hey, this is a cheats recipe so shortcuts are allowed, but still whipped this amazing sauce up in less than five minutes.
Now, just quickly, let’s discuss our toppings:
Ben (image below) had pepperoni and chorizo with rocket, mature cheddar and buffalo mozzarella.
I had (main image) pepperoni with roast red peppers, Kalamata olives, chili flakes, rocket, feta and buffalo mozzarella.
I yearn for the simple life, but my taste-buds yearn for a pizza packed full of drama and flavour, it seems.
Anyway, recipe time:
What Will I Need?
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
¼ tsp dried basil
¼ tsp dried sage
½ tsp dried parsley
1 pinch chili flakes
1 tbsp olive oil
½ – 1 tsp coarse sea salt (to taste)
- Saute garlic and tomato paste in olive oil over medium heat for about five minutes, until fragrant.
- Stir through passata, herbs, chili flakes and salt.
- Bring to a gentle simmer, before removing from heat, and storing in a prepared jar or spreading over pizza bases.