As you may have already noticed, I did not post anything of the commercial holiday better known as Valentine’s Day. It’s hard for me to celebrate a holiday that was built around a Roman Catholic Saint and the commercial concept that love should be expressed on one day of the year. Traditionally in our household we try to ignore the holiday and just be together just as we prefer to do every other day of the year. This year, my husband asked for homemade pizza for the night’s main meal. So, here’s what I came up with for something a little different compared to our normal pizza recipe.
This is a roasted vegetable pizza sauce and “wow!” did it ever turn out delicious. Normally I take fresh organic tomatoes and simmer them for about 30 minutes or so to reduce the liquid, making it a nice thick sauce. For a change, I tossed all the tomatoes in the oven and let the oven do all the work. It was so simple but held a very nice hearty flavor unlike the lighter version from the stove-top. If you have the time, I highly suggest this pizza sauce, you won’t be sorry you passed on the glass jar version from the store.
7 roma tomatoes, quartered
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
1 garlic bulb, top chopped off and drizzled with olive oil
2 sprigs oregano
Oil spray for the pan
1. Toss all the ingredients on a roasting pan. Spray the roasting pan with the oil spray of your choice. You can also use olive oil if you would like but it’s really not necessary.
2. Cut the top of the whole garlic bulb so you can see the tops of the garlic cloves. Drizzle the top with a little olive oil and place on the roasting pan with the tomatoes.
3. Place the pan in the preheated oven at 350F for 25-30 minutes, be extra careful not to burn the tomatoes like I did. Oops!
4. Take out of the oven when the tomatoes are golden brown and starting to lose their liquid.
5. Toss all the vegetables in the food blender, except the garlic bulb. Take a toothpick and pick the creamy roasted garlic cloves out of the papery outer shell. Toss these in the blender too.
6. Give it a whirl until the thickness of your choice. You can season with salt and pepper if you would like but I try to not add any when I cook for health purposes.
7. Toss on your favorite homemade pizza crust, on top of pasta or dip some homemade bread in it. Yum!