About a week ago I published an article about how to save money by making your own pizza. In it, I mentioned that there are several quick and cheap recipes for sauce. I thought I would share my own impromptu recipe that I created while trying to make sauce without going out of the house.
a tablespoon of olive oil
a tablespoon of pre-minced garlic (the jar kind–but about 2 cloves)
a half an onion, diced (optional)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
a half a can of tomato paste
a tomato, diced (also optional)
2/3 cup water
cayenne pepper (optional)
chili powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Notice: There is a large amount of optional ingredients. This is because I have played around with it a lot, and it can be made without all the optional stuff, and probably even without some of the stuff that I think is necessary. But if you’re not a cook and that amount of optional stuff scares you, don’t worry. Since the whole point is saving money, think about what you have on hand, and google substitutions if you need to.
Step one: In a small saucepan put olive oil and garlic. Cook for about two min over medium heat, and then, if you want chunky, add the onion. Keep heat on medium for about two more minutes.
Step two: Add the balsamic and stir, making sure to coat everything. Cook for one minute.
Step three: Add half a can of tomato paste, and stir until everything is a big red blob. If you want chunky then add your tomato. Then add your water. Stir. Save the other half a can of tomato paste for another recipe. It should last about a week.
Step four: Add salt, pepper, and if you want them, cayenne and a little chili powder. I like the cayenne because I put it in everything to make it hot. The chili powder is there because I think it’s a good counterpoint to the sweetness of the tomato paste and balsamic. Stir and bring to a boil.
Step five: let it boil for about 15-20 min, stirring occasionally (make sure it doesn’t stick), until it thickens and reduces by half. This will depend on the water and how big the tomato you used was. Taste it with the tip of your tongue. If it is too tangy, then add 1/2 a teaspoon or so of honey.
Step six: Pour on your pizza crust with a ladle and enjoy!