Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sugar Free Pizza Sauce

One of the items I was surprised to find sugar in, was our go to pizza sauce.  Thankfully, the web turned out this great recipe that was quick to make, and the kids loved too!
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional or sub more olive oil if you're being healthier)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, (i think the gourmet gardens tube from the produce department tastes better in this sauce) chopped *3/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped *1/2 dried
  • 2- 8oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. in a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter and heat until almost shimmering. add the garlic, stirring a few times around the pot and then quickly add the onion powder, red pepper flakes, basil and oregano. stir a few times and allow the herbs to bloom.
  2. add parmesan cheese, and brown sugar and then quickly dump in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and water. stir to combine and bring to a light boil. turn down to low, season to taste and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours for ultimate flavor or use immediately if needed.

The only changes I made to the recipe was substituting a carrot from our garden for the brown sugar.  I read on another pizza recipe site that carrots can help add sweetness (not to mention sneaking extra veggies into the kids).  All three of mine devoured the pizza, the littlest two knowing no difference, and the eldest who knew I had made the sauce and said it was even better than what we had had before!  Win!  Next time I may even add a red pepper.  Sneaky sneaky.

This recipe made up 3 portions worth of sauce.  I portioned out the remainder (we made one pizza to eat) and froze the extra in ziploc bags.  When I know we are having pizza night again, I'll just pull one out the night before to defrost.  (Hint - if you freeze it flat it will defrost quicker!).

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