Continuing with the components for a great homemade pizza after a brief absence due to technical difficulty...
To achieve that pizza parlor taste (and smell), it is important to have a sauce that really delivers the flavor. The keys to this homemade sauce are in the fresh garlic and the red wine vinegar. The garlic delivers that parlor punch while the vinegar brightens up the somewhat flat and dull taste that can be found in canned tomatoes. And speaking of canned tomatoes-- they all have different levels of saltiness, so adjust the flavor according to your own taste. This sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for up to one week and it can be frozen for several months. Plan ahead and stock your freezer with some homemade dough and sauce for a great tasting, crowd pleasing meal perfect for a busy weeknight.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
makes about 2 cups
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 medium cloves garlic grated on a microplane
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients. Taste for seasoning. Store in an airtight conatiner in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Source: Adapted from American Pie by Peter Reinhart