Friday nights are sacred in our house. We very rarely make plans….and since we’re literally in lockdown (thank you, COVID-19), we really don’t make plans. As part of our family rhythm, every Friday is Feddema Family Fun Night (we don’t like alliteration at all…), where all four of us hunker down with homemade pizza and our favourite kid-friendly movie.
Prior to our 100-Mile Local Food Journey, it wasn’t uncommon for us to order pizza in for movie night. Unfortunately, Domino’s Pizza doesn’t specialize in sourcing local ingredients. So homemade pizza was the answer to our predicament. Over the past number of months, I have had many Friday nights to perfect my homemade, local-ingredient based pizza.
As a teenager, I worked most of my highschool years (and even some of my college ones) in our small town pizza joint. (Cheers to you, Bell’s Pizza in downtown Wingham! I hope that you’re holding up in these crazy times!) Bell’s Pizza was known for their amazing bacon subs, secret sub sauce and obviously, their pizzas. It was there that I learnt that pizza sauce can make or break your pizza. And so, before I dive in on how to prepare delicious homemade pizza, I’m going to start from the bottom up and provide you with my favourite pizza sauce recipe.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
- measuring spoons
- 1 quart mason jar homemade tomato sauce (alternatively, you could use approximately 4 cups of your favourite store-bought tomato sauce)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dehydrated onion powder
- ¼-½ tsp hot chili flakes
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (honey or brown sugar work well, too)
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 2 tbsp water
- Dump jar of tomato sauce into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer on medium-high.
- Once the sauce is simmering, add oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, hot chili flakes, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup (or sweetener of choice).
- Turn the heat down to medium-low, allowing the spices to infuse the sauce. Let it simmer for about twenty minutes.
- If the sauce has not started to reduce by twenty minutes, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water. Blend the cornstarch and water together until smooth . Then slowly add it to the pizza sauce while continually stirring the sauce.
- Continue to allow the sauce to simmer for approximately 20 minutes or so on low until it has reduced to a desirable pizza sauce thickness. You don't want it to be too runny as this will create soggy pizza.
- Let it cool (it will thicken a bit as it cools) and refrigerate it until ready to use! This also makes a great base for pasta sauce.
And there you have it, folks! Homemade pizza sauce taken to the next level, just in time for family movie night.