By Lifestyle Contributor Jen Vertz
Not too long ago, I spent about a decade living in an artist studio with no yard or kitchen - so this cooking and gardening thing is still new and super exciting to me! And I'm not sure if any of you did this, but I grew way too many tomatoes. If so, then you need to do something with all of them! I'm usually strapped for time, so I came up with a fast, easy and delicious pizza sauce that can be thrown in the freezer in meal size portions and can also double for marinara sauce. It took about two hours total, including cleaning and was so, so good. The best part was that unlike the vast majority of tomato sauces, this contains absolutely no sugar. I added in the corn for a touch of sweetness and that was all it needed.
1 tablespoon avocado oil
5 large cloves of garlic
1/2 medium onion
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
20 fresh tomatoes
1 cup of sweet corn
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or less if you don't like it spicy)
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
First I peeled the tomatoes. My quick method is to drop them in boiling water for about 1 minute until the skin starts to crack, then put them into ice water to stop the cooking. This method allows for the skin to be easily peeled off.
I then used my food processor to blend the garlic and onion together, and threw them into a pot to brown. While they were browning, I threw the cup of frozen sweet corn into the food processor and blended, then added that to the garlic and onion mixture. Next I blended the tomatoes - I started with half because of lack of room in the food processor, then added the rest. After this I put the tomatoes into the pot, added the rest of the ingredients, simmered uncovered for 90 minutes. Once the sauce was done, I spread it on my pizza crust, added toppings, and baked.
SOME TIPS: If you are using fresh chopped oregano and basil, wait until the end to add them. Allow sauce to cool before jarring for the freezer or refrigerator. Double the recipe if you have a big enough pot and lots of extra tomatoes. I could have done a double recipe for sure and may make another batch tonight!
This quick, easy, nutritious recipe is absolutely delicious. I hope you try it out for yourself! - Jen
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