Now as a girl from NJ, I can promise you I know a good pizza. Nothing beats the fun of making your own at home. I’ll admit to not always making my own pizza dough but never have I ever nor will I ever use a marinara sauce from a jar.
While I personally tend to like more cheese in proportion to the sauce, the sauce is what can really make or break your pizza. In a sauce pan, I like to start off with a tablespoon of olive oil and let at least two pieces of cracked garlic infuse its way in on medium heat. Once browning begins, turn the heat to a low simmer and add a 6oz can of tomato paste. Fill the can with warm water and add about half of it to the sauce pan. Stir until consistency is smooth and repeat. You’ll need to fill the can once more. Also, add in some basil, oregano, minced garlic if you need more, salt, pepper, and don’t forget to sneak a taste occasionally. If you want a little brightness, add a teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice. MUST BE FRESH. No excuses-I mean it. I have tried from concentrate in there and trust me, ew.
This whole process takes about 7-10 minutes. You want a smooth and shiny consistency of sauce, easy to spread and not too liquid state. I can guarantee you this will make your pizza excellent. I’m also now going to kill two birds with one stone-if you’d like to know what to use for pasta, I recommend a can of crushed tomatoes instead of the paste. Also, up the garlic and olive oil measurements depending on the amount of people you are serving.
So go ahead, try it out and take a bite. Let me know what you think :)