Really Basic Pizza Sauce
by Cary & Lillian
(New Hyde Park, NY)
stirring in the basil
We thought we'd get the ball rolling here ourselves by sharing our recipe for basic pizza sauce - which is incredibly simple. Make the sauce the day before you make your pizza, if possible.
1 35 oz. can of whole peeled plum tomatoes.
1 bunch fresh basil
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 cloves garlic (not required)
Drain the water from the tomatoes. If your tomatoes come packed in puree, you can leave about half of the puree in. Pull the tops off of the tomatoes, and run the tomatoes through a food mill if you've got one. Otherwise crush the tomatoes by hand (fun and squishy!). Some people find the tomato seeds bitter in sauce, but they haven't really bothered us.
If you're going to use garlic, peel and crush both cloves, then stir the crushed garlic in with the tomatoes.
Wash the basil thoroughly. Tear the leaves (or cut with scissors) into small pieces and add to tomatoes.
Cover and refrigerate overnight to let the flavors blend. DO NOT COOK THE SAUCE. It will cook on the pizza, and you don't want to lose the 'brightness' of the tomato flavor.
About the tomatoes: There are many good brands of tomatoes - we're not going to give away our tomato secrets! Many people swear by the tomatoes grown in the San Marzano region of Italy, but there are some fine tomatoes grown in the U.S. too. Experiment and find the ones you like best.