8/9/15 Homemade 5 min Pizza Sauce

Yesterday I made homemade pizza again. My husband had bought me some awesome bread flour for feeding our sourdough starters so we had some, and since we got food stamps today, I decided to use some of it to make pizza dough. I also made some homemade 5 minute Pizza Sauce.  For full recipe scroll down.

Its been such a blessing lately to know how to make homemade pizza crust. EVERY SINGLE person on food stamps can afford water and flour and a little oil. Having that for a backup-dinner when we have nothing else is super easy and simple. I know cheese is a little expensive, but yesterday I managed to afford a bag of Italian pizza cheese for only 2.79$. That was the only thing I had to buy for the meal yesterday.

I had a 1$ and some change leftover and I bought a baking dish from a local garage sale with the 1$ bill and just now found a wooden spoon to cook with for my change at the health food store. Now we are broke, but at least we got food stamps this morning.

I relied heavily on the fresh produce that I received from the food bank on Friday. I had a whole bunch of fresh basil, a nice bag of fresh Roma tomatoes, some dried garlic to skin and some fresh onions, both the greens and the bulb.

I took a lot of glamour shots of the fresh produce, I even treated my son to the last of the watermelon from the food bank for part of lunch. I just ran out of my famous homemade pizza sauce, so I decided to make some more with all the fresh Roma’s and basil and produce I had.

Here are a few photos of the veggies I had;

food bank bounty
food bank bounty
what I used yesterday
what I used yesterday

I recruited Chef Elijah for helping me with the basil leaves, I had a fresh bag that was still all pretty on the stems and with the awesome spiral shaped flowers.

pretty basil
pretty basil

I managed to take a few shots of his help. As he did that I chopped up a handful of large mushrooms I got from the food bank and then cut up some Roma tomatoes and arranged them on a baking sheet to roast.

boys help
boys help

 

Here are a few shots of Chef Elijah and the tomatoes arranged how I roasted them. I added some cloves of garlic and a few leaves of basil. And seasoned them with Italian seasonings.

garlic I used
garlic I used
before roasting
before roasting

The basil burnt. Bad idea. But the tomatoes and garlic roasted perfectly. I was so happy with how It turned out.

Here is a picture of them roasted.

roasted tomatoes
roasted tomatoes

I also made a mix of stuff into my blender, waiting for the roasted tomatoes. I had the following in the blender; handful of chopped fresh mushrooms, a puck of different frozen mushrooms, a handful of spinach, a few basil leaves, some olive oil, a quarter of a fresh onion bulb, a pinch of onion greens and a large dash of Italian seasonings. I added the broiled tomatoes and garlic and pureed everything into awesome pizza sauce.

Here is a picture of the blender before I added the roasted ingredients.

blender min
blender min

After the dough was ready I spread my sauce on 2/3 of the dough’s.

Here are a few pictures of my beautiful homemade fresh and spread pizza sauce.

spreading sauce
spreading sauce
my beautiful sauce
my beautiful sauce
pizza sauce on dough
pizza sauce on dough

I made a all cheese pizza, a cheese and tomato pizza and for myself I broke out my jar of pesto and made a pesto-cheese pizza. Our last night before food stamps was saved by some cheese and flour, and I am very happy that we ate like kings just about each day of the month this last month.

pesto cheese pizza
pesto cheese pizza
half devoured cheese pizza
half devoured cheese pizza

Now I am off to go Food Stamp shopping. I have 4 stores to go and 130$ to save on my card for my Schwans delivery and a few other things I know we will need throughout the month. I am even trying to save a few food stamps so that we can go to the farmers market again as a family.

Here is a rough version of the recipe for sauce if you would like to see it better, then reading through my commentary.

Homemade Red Pizza Sauce

Cook Time: 5 minutes or less

Prep Time: 15 minutes or less, depending on how fast you chop veggies

Results: 12 ounce Jar of Pizza Sauce

Equipment you will need:

Glass blender (able to take hot things)

Sharp knife

Small Jar- to save it

Ingredients:

4-5 small tomatoes (I use Roma)

3-4 cloves of garlic

handful of fresh basil

handful of fresh spinach

¼ of an onion

Italian seasonings

Handful of Chopped Fresh Mushrooms (whichever kind you prefer)

Scallion greens about 2-3 teaspoons

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Steps:

Put all ingredients but the tomatoes and garlic into the blender.

Slice your Tomatoes and smash your garlic and place unto a baking sheet in an even layer.

Sprinkle some more Italian Seasonings on the tomatoes.

Roast in the broiler until bubbling. About 3-5 minutes.

Put the roasted tomatoes and garlic into the blender with everything else.

Puree your sauce until smooth.

Put into a jar.

Use as much as you want for pizza, Stromboli and Meatball sandwiches and such.

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