Thursday, September 9, 2010

When the Moon Hits Your Eye, Like a Big Pizza Pie...

That's Amore...

Once upon a time, I used to make pizza. Thin crust, spicy oil, zesty pizza sauce, loads of mozzarella cheese and heaps of pepperoni. I loved my crust. It was thin and crispy yet enough dough to support everything.

I have a great recipe that I use for pizza dough that I use from one of Carol Fenster's cookbook. One time I forgot which recipe I used and ended up using Annalise Robert's recipe which was also pretty good.

One thing hasn't changed though. The pizza sauce.

I've never really been a fan of the ones you can buy in the store and they can't really be stored properly for long periods after they have been opened.

For tonight's sauce, I kept the sauce really simple. I could have added many more flavours but I was going for a certain style. Classic pizza shop with properly positioned pepperoni!

Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 6 oz can water
  • 1 tsp agave (can use honey or sugar if you like)
  • 1 TBSP each dried basil and parsley
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt
Empty the tomato paste in a bowl. Fill empty can with water and add to tomato paste. Mix slowly to incorporate. Add agave, basil, parsley, salt and pepper and stir to combine. 

On other occasions, I will add rosemary, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and/or red chile pepper flakes. Whatever you like, add. It's just the simplest, easiest sauce recipe you'll find!

Check out my Gluten Free tomato paste!

Mixing in the water

Add your spices

GF Patisserie Pizza Crust

Check out all the herbs!

GF Cheese!
 I used to buy this cheese and it didn't have the GF symbol on it like over 800 Wegman's products. The ingredients list looked fine but there was no disclosure on the package. I was happy to see the GF Wegman's mark on the packages I bought today. 

Oven - 450F for about 10-15 minutes until nicely browned, bubbly and crispy.

I spread on wax paper and freeze, then break into smaller pieces and place in a freezer bag

How good does that look?
 By the way, at Wegman's today, they had a display of Italian sauces and pastas out in the front hallway and That's Amore was on a constant loop. It's still in my head!


  1. I like your recipe for pizza sauce. The agave will give it just a hint of sweetness. I always keep tomato paste in my cupboard so this will be handy! Thanks!

  2. It's so much easier to make it if you've already got the ingredients in the pantry. Canned pizza sauce is just not something I would buy frequently enough to know that it's always around if I have a pizza craving. The best part is that you can put whatever you want in it.

  3. You are so lucky you can buy GF Patisserie Pizza Crust!

  4. I used to live about an hour from the bakery and would make special trips in. I moved back to Ontario last fall and I went back out west for a vacation in July and brought back a ton of their products in my carry-on bag!