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Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

My friend recently told me to try the herb pizza dough at Trader Joe’s because she really loves it, so I grabbed one and planned to make a homemade pizza for dinner. I decided to roast some of the tomatoes I got from my mom for homemade pizza sauce.  It was pretty easy to make and tasted SO MUCH BETTER than any store bought sauce I have used. I will never buy pizza sauce again.

Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

How to Make Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat with cooking spray.

Place the tomato halves on the baking sheet then slide slivers of garlic stuck into each tomato half. Season the tomatoes with onion powder, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, along with a drizzle of olive oil.

Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

Place into the oven and roast for 35-45 minutes, or until soft and juicy. Remove from the oven and pour the tomatoes and juices into a saucepan over low heat. Simmer until tomatoes reduce, about 10 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Add the tomato paste and stir well. Place the lid halfway on the pan and continue to cook until reduced enough for the sauce to coat the spoon, about 5-7 minutes. Taste and re-season, if needed. Add the fresh chopped basil to the sauce and stir to combine. Let cool. Spread sauce on pizza dough as needed then store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

 

 

Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Sauce

Servings: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 8 miscellaneous tomatoes cored & halved
  • 1 large clove of garlic cut into slivers
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Oregano to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil chopped finely

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat with cooking spray.
  • Place the tomato halves on the baking sheet then slide slivers of garlic stuck into each tomato half. Season the tomatoes with onion powder, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, along with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Place into the oven and roast for 35-45 minutes, or until soft and juicy. Remove from the oven and pour the tomatoes and juices into a saucepan over low heat. Simmer until tomatoes reduce, about 10 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Add the tomato paste and stir well. Place the lid halfway on the pan and continue to cook until reduced enough for the sauce to coat the spoon, about 5-7 minutes. Taste and re-season, if needed. Add the fresh chopped basil to the sauce and stir to combine. Let cool. Spread sauce on pizza dough as needed then store in the refrigerator or freezer.
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  1. Kim in MD says:

    I’ve had that TJ’s herb pizza dough and it’s delicious. This pizza sauce with that dough would be amazing!

  2. I’ve not really tried making pizza sauce; I just take my basic marinara, add more tomatoes, and chop with the immersion blender. Your sauce looks wonderful; you know I’m still jealous of your tomato bounty. It’s too bad you can’t get home grown tomatoes all year! But now you’ve planted an idea in my head: I’ll bet Mark would like pizza for dinner on Friday night!

  3. I love this pizza sauce Pam!!

  4. This post makes me sad…….only because we left our basil out one night too long and a freeze killed it 🙁 I guess I can go buy some fresh basil but that forces me to admit that summer is over!

  5. Roasted tomatoes add so much great flavor to any sauce! Definitely better than anything you can get in a jar.