Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

I don’t know what is worse, canned pasta sauce or a frozen pizza.

Never mind, both are equally horrible.

To anyone that loves frozen pizzas, I apologize, but I don’t care what DiGiorno advertises, it still tastes like a frozen pizza!

I know, I know, you can always order delivery.

But, NO! Don’t fall into that trap! You can make your own pizza and have it taste a lot better than some pizza joint, unless you are in Italy. Then by all means go ahead.

Trust me when I say you can make your own pizzas taste better, it feels more sentimental that way 😉

While I’ve always liked pizza, I didn’t become a pizza lover until I started making my own. It’s just so much better than delivery, as well as a lot of fancy pizzerias.

An essential item to any cook’s repertoire would be a go-to tomato sauce. Whether you call this tomato sauce, marinara, or gravy, as it is religiously referred to in my home, it is the foundations to a great deal of my favorite meal, pizza!

The secret? I have many!
Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Secret #1

Homemade marinara.

Believe it or not, homemade marinara is not a 4-hour long mission. If you follow my easy steps, it takes only about an hour.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

First, cut an X on the bottom of the Roma tomatoes.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Bring water to a boil and drop the tomatoes in. Let the tomatoes boil for about 3-5 minutes if ripe. If the tomatoes are not ripe, you will have to boil the tomatoes for 5-10 minutes.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Take the tomatoes out when you see the skin starting to peel off by itself and drop in an ice bath.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

The skin should fall off by itself. You should not have to work to peel the skin off. If you do, then drop back in the boiling water.

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After skin is peeled off, deseed, chop and drain the tomatoes.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Sauté the onions, garlic and seasonings. Then add ¼ cup of red wine and let the alcohol boil off. Add the tomatoes and ¼ cup chicken stock, basil, oregano and let simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Season with sugar and lemon to your hearts desire.

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Secret #2

A good pizza dough recipe uses honey. Honey is in the form of syrup and can be easily distributed throughout the mixing process, therefore giving the pizza dough that deliciously sweet yet crispy flavor. You can make simple syrup if you don’t have honey (1 part sugar, 1 part water), but the flavor of the honey is more distinct and pairs very well with cheeses and meats, such as sausage or pepperoni.

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Currently, pizza is a regular fixture in our house and so is this basic pizza dough recipe that gets used, a lot.

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Secret #3

Use a pizza stone with the temperature of the oven at 500 °F. The pizza stone evenly bakes the bottom of the dough, without having a soggy bottom. Therefore, leading to a delicious and crispy crust. *Make sure the pizza stone is in the oven while preheating.

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Secret #4

Dust the wooden pizza paddle with corn meal. This will help the pizza smoothly peel off the paddle and onto the pizza stone in the oven. You can use flour instead of corn meal, but corn meal adds a nice texture and flavor to the crust.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

Secret #5

Use fresh ingredients!

Making a pizza is really simple and sometimes your own homemade pizza may be better than some pizzerias! It’s just a matter of having the right ingredients and materials.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

I like being adventurous with my pizzas and like to add whatever I have available.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce
Mozzarella and Sweet Sopressa Salami

You can put the standard ingredients on the pizza, such as mozzarella and pepperoni.

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce
Goat cheese, Prosciutto and Sweet Sopressa Salami

Or you can be more gourmet and add ingredients, such as, goat cheese and prosciutto.

Your options are endless!

Homemade Pizza and Marinera Sauce

My homemade pizza with my marinara sauce is my culinary version of the little black dress, and can be reliably dressed up or down with delicious ease.

Bon appétit

Recipes

Homemade Marinera Sauce

Yields: 2 cups

Ingredients

4 very ripe Roma tomatoes
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 onion, diced
Lemon to taste

Directions

Cut an X on the bottom of the Roma tomatoes. Bring water to a boil and drop the tomatoes in. Let the tomatoes boil for about 3-5 minutes if ripe. If the tomatoes are not ripe, you will have to boil the tomatoes for 5-10 minutes. Take the tomatoes out when the skin starting to peel off by itself and drop in an ice bath. The skin should fall off by itself. You should not have to work to peel the skin off. If you do, then drop back in the boiling water. After skin is peeled off, deseed chop and drain the tomatoes. Sauté the onions, garlic and seasonings. Then add ¼ cup of red wine and let the alcohol boil off. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and ¼ cup chicken broth and let simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Season with sugar and lemon to your hearts desire. Add chopped basil and oregano before serving.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Yields: 2-12″ pizzas

3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water, 105-115 °F
1 1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4 cup warm water. In a mixing machine fitted with a dough hook, combine flour, yeast and salt. Add the oil and remaining 3/4 cup of water and mix until the mixture forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead by hand for 2 or 3 minutes until smooth and form. Cover the dough with a clean, damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot for 2 hours. The dough should double in size.

Divide dough into 2 balls and work eash ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 3-4 times. Then roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm. Cover the dough again with a clean damp towel and let rest again for another hour.

Mozzarella and Sweet Sopressa Salami Pizza

Preheat oven 500 °F

Toppings:

Marinera
Sweet Sopressa Salami (or whichever salami you prefer)
Mozzarella Cheese
Red onions, thinly sliced
Green peppers, thinly sliced
Basil, chopped
Parmesan Cheese

Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Sweet Sopressa Salami Pizza

Toppings:

Marinera
Prosciutto
Sweet Sopressa Salami
Mozzarella Cheese
Goat cheese
Red onions, thinly sliced
Basil, chopped
Truffle oil
Parmesan cheese

After an hour, roll out the dough ball on a smooth floured surface into a 12″ circle. Lightly sprinkle corn meal onto the pizza paddle. Transfer the pizza dough onto the pizza paddle and add the marinera sauce and toppings onto the dough.

Gently shake the pizza paddle and lift up the edges of the pizza and slide onto the pizza stone. Bake the pizza one at a time until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sandra says:

    I’ve had this yummy pizza made by Julie and it’s the best!!!! It’s literally like fine dining!!! Thanks for placing the recipe on your blog!!! 🙂

    1. juliewold says:

      Thank you Sandra! I enjoyed making it for everyone. Really happy you liked it 🙂

  2. kerbey says:

    That looks delicious but it also looks waaaaaay to hard for me. I’d make the X on the roma tomatoes and be in over my head.

    1. juliewold says:

      Oh no 😦 But you should definitely try! I am definitely in over my head with half the things I make but it’s all about venturing out of my comfort zone and the end result being something I couldn’t have imagined. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you get to try some of the recipes!

  3. kunibeard says:

    Could I knead the dough by hand instead of by hook? Or is the hook necessary?

    The pics look delicious.

    1. juliewold says:

      You can knead by hand. I just use the machine to save myself the 10 or 20 minutes it takes to knead the dough. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Sophiajd says:

    Reblogged this on Extraordinary & Dynamic Lifestyles and commented:
    Great homemade recipes that are easy to make!!!

  5. Melissa says:

    I make pizza on a regular basis and I’ve never thought of putting honey in the dough. I will definitely be trying that next time I make pizza!

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