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Monday, April 15, 2013

Simple Pizza Sauce

Lately my most recent "health kick" has been trying to get my family out of the habit of purchasing ingredients from the store (with all their mystery additives)that we could just as easily make at home. For instance, as previously posted, switching from instant oatmeal to the real deal (check out Pumpkin-Blueberry Chia Oatmeal). While I have yet to stumble across a go-to spaghetti sauce recipe, I have finally come across a pizza sauce recipe that is to our liking. It is simple in the sense that a young child will have no complaints, and ridiculously easy to prepare that it could be done in the amount of time for you to be ready to use it. In addition, you probably have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry!

 This batch makes about 26oz of sauce. Much more then what you will need for a pizza pie. I divide the leftovers to freeze, and after about 20 minutes of the tupperware used for the sauce thawing in warm water, it's ready to use. Another idea we most recently decided to use the extra sauce for, was to make homemade "pizza lunchables". My son loves the lunchables from the store, but I loathe the ingredients. So we store the sauce in these little containers to freeze, have some sandwich thins on hand, some pepperoni and cheese, and he has himself a "lunchable pizza". Mother kid approved!

 Simple Pizza Sauce
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2 6oz cans tomato paste
2 tbsp fresh parsley 
1 tsp basil 
1 tsp oregano 
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp fresh pepper 
1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves) 
3 C water 

Whisk all ingredients together, put over stove on medium heat. Once simmering, lower heat to med-low and simmer 20 minutes. 

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