Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homemade Pizza Sauce (SCD Friendly)

I make pizza every week for my family.  My kids love it - especially my son who's never had "real" pizza, so it's such a treat for him.  I make an allergy friendly crust (that I will be sharing with you on Friday) which he loves.  For a long time I purchased a popular canned organic pizza sauce, but then one day it dawned on me that I could make the sauce, and another added bonus, I can have an SCD pizza sauce on hand.  It's so easy to double this batch and freeze for the following week.  Many store bought brands add sugars or thickeners (boo).  You can control every ingreidnet in homemade (yay).  And making your own pizza sauce is yet another way to decrease waste in your kitchen, thus one more step toward a greener kitchen (double yay).  There are only a few ingredients (and summer garden ingredients too).  So give it a try and have fun adding your own twist and flavors.    

Ingredients 
-1 pound of small slicer tomatoes, chopped 
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped 
-1 ounce fresh basil (about 1 1/2 cups)
-1/2 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
-1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
-1/2 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
-1 tablespoon oil
-1/2 teaspoon honey (vegans use coconut sugar) 

How To:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.  In a large roasting dish, combine above ingredients (except honey) and toss to incorporate.
2.  Roast veggies for 25 minutes. 
3.  Remove from oven and cool.
4.  Blend in food processor or blender of choice, add in honey at this time if desired.  I add in about 1/4 teaspoon, just to offset the acidic tomatoes - add more if using very acidic tomatoes. 

Notes:
*Using the right tomatoes is important, as some tomatoes have much more juice.  The key to a successful pizza sauce is minimal liquid.  So, I add just a bit of oil for roasting, use meaty tomatoes, and squeeze out any juice (I like smaller slicers or big meaty heirlooms).  Romas are very watery, but if this is all you have, try and squeeze out all the liquid before roasting.  
(free of: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, yeast, nuts, and sugar) 
Shared on:  Melt in your Mouth MondaysKeep It Simple Mondays, Monday Mania, Mealtime Monday My Meatless MondayJust Another Meatless MondayMade from Scratch MondayFat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent TuesdaysRecipe Box Tuesday 

8 comments:

  1. AMBER! I just came to your site to do a search for pizza crust and low and behold, I see this beautiful sauce recipe! I've got a cauliflower crust in the oven right now, but it doesn't look nearly as beautiful as the blogger's whose recipe I'm trying. We'll see how it turns out. I'm dying for Friday's recipe! I'll have to try it. Is it an SCD crust? It looks beautiful in the pics - makes me want to bite right in.

    I'm waiting...
    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen,

      How funny! We are long lost sisters.

      Okay, so, the pizza crust is not SCD, it's the allergy-friendly crust I make for my sweet-pea son (free of: dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, yeast, and cane-sugar). See below for two SCD pizza crust! :-)

      Hugs,
      --Amber

      #1: http://urbanposer.blogspot.com/2012/07/herbed-crispy-flat-bread-w-chicken.html

      #2: http://blog.grasslandbeef.com/healthy-summer-eats/#pizza
      (I followed this recipe - exactly, but had to add in 6 extra tablespoons of coconut flour. Just FYI)

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    2. Thanks Amber! I'm shocked, but the cauliflower crust turned out amazing. Even hubby and son said, "Wow! This is good!" I topped it with some pesto, ground up roasted tomatoes, arugula and parmesan.

      Both of the crusts you linked to look great. I'll have to try them out.

      Love your posts!
      Jen

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  2. I love adding honey to kick the acidity of the tomatoes!! I'll have to try this with my marinara!

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  3. I love the idea of roasted the veggies--that would give so much depth to the sauce! I really miss tomato sauce right now, and this is making my mouth water. I am giving up nightshades for a while, after reading about their connection to inflammation. I will give this recipe a try when I am eating tomatoes again!

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    1. Hi Lauren,

      You're so right - there is a definite connection. There are a few I don't eat including potatoes, peppers, and eggplant. But I have a hard time giving up my tomato sauce. Arg. So many things to consider. Instead of using tomatoes, a fun (and tasty) alternative for a pizza sauce is soaked cashews, lemon juice, water, and roasted beets. I just posted a pic on FB of this gorgeous pink sauce. It's super yum on SCD pizza crust. :-)

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tasty-Alternative/288512964505836

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  4. We love pizza here but I don't make it all the time. The idea of roasting the veggies for this recipe sounds scrumptious! If you get a chance, stop by my recipe page and check out the polish pizza. We have found that other pizza variations are great. Using mashed potatoes or fried cabbage as the pizza sauce can turn out an incredibly tasty pizza! Thanks for sharing this week in our linky ☺

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  5. I love the addition of honey to your pizza sauce. I am looking forward to giving this recipe a whirl alongside your pizza this weekend.

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