Did I mention that I love pizza! I make many variations with many different toppings, I usually make three different pizzas, and I do stress this, I always make my own sauce, which is an easy and quick marinara sauce, there truly is no reason to buy jarred sauce.
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1 clove of garlic, one large can of sauce 28 oz (puree, crushed tomato) olive oil about 1 tablespoon, pinch of salt, pepper, and basil. Sautee the chopped garlic in the oil, don’t let that brown, let that cook for about 4 minutes add sauce, salt, pepper and basil bring to a boil stir often lower heat to a simmer, cook for about 30 minutes. That’s it, it’s done; so much tastier than jarred sauce….trust me on this! The amount of sauce is good for about two pizzas.
Marinara Sauce - is a typical sauce used on a pizza - its is a simple sauce with a hint of garlic and basil.
The white pizza needs to cook a little longer….in a bowl I combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella, a small sprinkle of salt, black pepper and one egg , while I am doing this I have the pizza dough in the oven preheating. Place the cheese mixture on the dough and back in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. To make the mushroom pizza with goat cheese and shallots, the mushrooms and shallots were sautéed prior in olive oil and at the end I added a splash of dry white wine. I add the mushroom mixture to the dough or pizza crusts which were also preheated in the oven; bake for about 5-10 minutes. The same for the salad and the Fat Tuesday pies the dough or pizza crusts needs to be preheated as well. All savory pizzas are topped with Oregano before they are cooked. Any cold toppings (salad, fruits) are added after the dough or crust is fully cooked.