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Easy Pizza Sauce (With Fresh Tomatoes!)

This is a delicious and easy sauce that comes together in a flash and takes homemade pizzas to the next level!

Ingredients

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  • 1 dry pint of grape or cherry tomatoes, cleaned and dried
  • 1.5 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/41/2 tsp crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425°F.  An oven thermometer is helpful to ensure that you get to the correct temperature.
  2. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  
  3. Place tomatoes onto the baking sheet.  Pour oil evenly over the tomatoes.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  4. Bake in 425°F oven for 11-16 minutes, depending on desired level of caramelization.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes.
  6. Smash tomatoes with a fork for a chunky tomato sauce, or pulse in a blender or food processor for a more smooth sauce.
  7. Use immediately.  A little goes a long way with this sauce, so spread it as thinly as possible.  Too much sauce will prevent the bottom of the pizza crust from cooking fully.

Notes

  • I use avocado oil for this recipe, but any high-heat oil will do.  
  • The recipe, as written, is fairly spicy.  Feel free to reduce or omit the crushed red pepper to cut the spice.
  • This sauce should be spread very thin on a pizza dough.  Too much sauce will prevent the bottom crust from browning.
  • Use immediately.
  • Author: Shani