tomato sauce [for the pizza enthusiast]

While I should just be thanking the good Lord that there are companies like Barbri that can teach me how to pass the Bar, I choose to complain about it, instead [and quite endlessly]. Also, this little gem of an article is so on point it that it makes me sad. If you have any loved ones who are studying for the Bar this summer, do yourself a favor and read it. It may or may not make said loved one not seem so crazy/annoying/depressing.

Anywho, I made pizza last week [so shocking!] But this time, I had my friend teach me how to make homemade pizza sauce! Now my pizza-making-arsenal is complete. It’s slightly spicy, majorly delicious, and stupidly easy. Find the original recipe here! Per usual, we modified it a little based on what we/I had in the kitchen.


  • 1 can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 Tbs EVO
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (should yield about 2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 decently-sized sprigs of fresh basil (leaves still attached)
  • ~1 tsp sugar


Throw all of the canned tomatoes and their juices into a blender or food processor and pulse for a bit until all chunked up. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over low heat, then add your garlic, oregano, cayenne, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 – 4 minutes. Then pour in your tomato pieces-parts, onion halves, basil sprigs, and sugar.

ImageBring it all to a simmer, reduce the heat to its lowest possible setting, and let it cook! Stir it occasionally until the sauce is reduced by about one-half (it should take about an hour).


So enjoy a bottle of wine, some good company, and get the rest of your pizza fixins ready! By the time [both] are done, your sauce will just about be complete.

Action shot:


We made two pizzas: one potato+rosemary+caramelized onion, and one prosciutto+pecorino+arugula salad. The homemade sauce definitely added so much to the flavor, especially compared to the canned stuff I used to [unfortunately] rely on.



Can’t beat those babies with a stick. Don’t forget to make your own dough, too!

Eat up, y’all.

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