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Homemade Chili from Scratch (No Seasoning Packet!)

Homemade Chili from Scratch (No Seasoning Packet!)

Happy January! Todays high was 15 degrees, the low this evening will be -4 degrees and my yard is pleasantly covered with a good 5ish inches of fresh snow. This is the bitter winter weather that calls for an evening cuddling in front of a […]

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes

I seem to have found myself on a bit of a tomato kick these past few weeks! I can explain! The tomatoes I have been growing all summer didn’t start producing ripe tomatoes until halfway thru August and have been going strong since! With the […]

30 Second Pizza Sauce

30 Second Pizza Sauce

My husband and I both work full time jobs, so sometimes (always) by the end of the week we decisioned out. More than once we have argued about Friday night dinner. Sometime in the past year or so we have started having “Pizza Fridays” to make a Friday night dinner both simple and something we can agree on. Sometimes we go out, sometimes we order in, but more often than not we make out own!

I am a big fan of working smarter and making the pizza as easy as possible. For this reason, I love that this recipe makes more than enough sauce for this weeks dinner. I always freeze my leftover sauce in my favorite silicone ice cream trays. I can easily pull out four or five cubes, thaw them in the microwave, and have my homemade sauce ready for pizza faster than it takes for my husband to roll out the dough 🙂

Canned tomatoes are this recipes secret to speed. They really are a great value at the grocery store too, considering the cost of fresh as well as the time to prep and cook the tomatoes. I like to use one can of regular diced tomatoes and one can of ‘fire roasted’ diced tomatoes. I think the fire roasted goodness gives this sauce (and everything else) that little something extra. The fire roasted bit is really just a bit of char on the tomato skin. The fire roasted tomatoes should be easy to find at your grocery store, but they are of course completely optional.

The amount of garlic you will want to use needs to be determined by how big your cloves are. Today’s garlic cloves were extra big, so I only needed two, but I would consider them the same size as four normal cloves.

Also I measured the basil very loosely as I gathered it fresh from my summer garden. For comparison, the container is a one cup pyrex bowl. I would also compare this to using the .5 ounce storebought package (stems removed) found at most major grocery stores.

Seriously, this is such an easy recipe! If you have a blender and the ingredients, you too can make your own pizza sauce! Plus, it freezes and stores easily in ice cube trays waiting for your next pizza night!

 

30 Second Pizza Sauce

  • 2 cans tomatoes (14.5 ounce each, see notes below)
  • 2-4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper-5 turns
  • Fresh basil, (0.5 ounce package stems removed, or 1 cup freshly harvested very loosely packed)
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender-I use the large smoothie cup that came with my Ninja Blender
  2. Blend to desired smoothness-I like 30 seconds for a very smooth sauce
  3. Add to pizza then bake/warm for Stromboli or breadstick dipping/freeze for future use

 

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Sometimes you need a few slurps of a comfort food worthy hot soup. Sometimes you need to find something to do with five pounds of tomatoes that have ripened all at once! For years upon years growing up, I was convinced that tomatoes were yucky […]