Monday, June 2, 2014

Perfect Pizza Sauce

2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBS minced Sun-dried Tomatoes, dried, not packed in olive oil

1/4 cup red wine

1 - 6 ounce can of tomato paste

1 cup water

1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

3 TBS fresh basil leaves, chiffonade cut

Heat small (1.5 qt) heavy sauce pan over moderate heat. Add olive oil; when heated, add onion and garlic. Saute until onion begins to look transparent. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes; saute 3 minutes.

Pour in the wine, stir well to combine; simmer until reduced by half, stirring frequently.

Add tomato paste and whisk until well blended. Add 1/2 cup of water, whisking thoroughly. Continue to add the water until sauce reaches your desired thickness. Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Add fresh basil & stir until incorporated. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before using, or refrigerate until later.

Makes 1 cup of sauce, enough for the entire recipe of Perfect Pizza Dough.