Perfect Pizza Tips

What makes a great pizza. A main ingredient is the sauce. After trying several bought sauces with little success, I decided to  make my own. Usingin San Marzano canned tomatoes made a huge difference. This sauce takes only 10 minutes.  Make extra. It freezes well.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer (all rights reserved ©)

1, 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup grated onion

4 crushed garlic cloves

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Crush whole tomatoes with their juice in the food processor. Heat olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Add oregano and saute another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes and sugar. Stir to combine ingredients. Cook until a thick sauce, about 5 minutes. It may need a few more minutes to cook down.  Remove from heat and stir in fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Here are more pizza tips from James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz.

Chef Michael Schwartz is the owner of many restauarnt concepts including his very popular pizzarias in South Florida.  He gives tips on making pizza dough and why its important. How to bake a pizza at home without a wood burning oven or pizza stone. What are the best toppings. Listen to his tips on my Food News and Views radio show and podcast. Google Linda Gassenheimer podcasts to listen to his great advice. Or click on this link.