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Old 01-14-2016, 05:39 AM   #1
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Pizza Sauce?

I would like to make KL's pizza caserole..

It calls for Pizza Sauce of your choice..

I looked in the grocer last night, they have like 100 bottles of pasta sauce, and then this sad little section of pizza stuff with a few tiny bottles of pizza sauce..

They even had Chef Boyar Dee! I haven't had that since Spaghetti O's!

What makes pizza sauce? Should I just add a Handful of Italian season to a regular bottle of pasta sauce? or buy the pizza sauce?

Confused as always, Eric, Austin Tx.


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Old 01-14-2016, 05:49 AM   #2
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I prefer making my own sauce. It can be a cooked or raw sauce, but for me it needs to be a little sweet and spicy. Even if we do buy jarred sauce for anything (pizza or pasta), it always gets doctored.

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Old 01-14-2016, 05:56 AM   #3
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IMO I don't think there is a difference.
Both are tomato based.
Often the pasta sauces you buy will sometimes have other things added ( like mushrooms, onions...) , or a chunkier consistency.
Pizza sauces may be a little simpler as to what is added in.
The spices will vary on the brand or who is making the sauce, but I would assume both would have Oregano and Basil ( and probably garlic).
Anything added to a pasta sauce would taste just fine in that casserole anyway.

Therefore, choose whatever pizza or pasta sauce that appeals to you. I don't thing you can go wrong.

***That being said, I'd personally stay away from the Chef Boy ar Dee, unless you're looking for that Nostalgic, taste from your childhood ***

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Old 01-14-2016, 06:59 AM   #4
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I think pizza sauce is thicker than pasta sauce. However for pizza sauce I use jarred pasta sauce. Cook part of it down at a very slow simmer so as to not burn the sauce since they tend to put some kind of sugar in it usually. Add some more herbs especially oregano and a healthy pinch of pizza pepper flakes.

I looked my recipes. Of all the recipes on the internet, I have one homemade pizza sauce. Don't recall ever making it. But you can have at it.
Kittencals Pizza Sauce Recipe - Food.com

I too copied KL' s recipe. Mostly because I thought it was a good cross between a quiche and a casserole and Pizza.
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:38 AM   #5
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If you're in a hurry mix a 6 oz. can of tomato paste with a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce. It doesn't need to be cooked (as anything you buy in a can already is). It works.

If you have more time add some seasonings (oregano, basil, garlic, a Tbsp. of olive oil, etc.) and simmer for an hour or two.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #6
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This is the simple inexpensive pizza sauce recipe that I use.

It is very, very thick and helps to prevent a soggy pizza. If I was using it in Kayelle's casserole I would probably thin it a little with some wine, water or both.

Pizza Sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
¼ - ½ cup water
2 cloves minced garlic
1T Oregano
1T Basil
Mix well. This makes enough for 2 sheet pizzas. I make one and freeze the remainder for the next pizza. This is also good to use in making “snails”. Roll out dough, top with sauce and grated cheese, roll up and slice. Place rounds on baking sheet and let rise, brush with EVOO, dust with grated cheese, bake as for pizza.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:35 AM   #7
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1 large bottle of Original V8 juice.
Into pot. Medium heat. 1 large T of dried oregano. 1/2 t of fish sauce or anchovy paste.
1T sugar. 1T dried basil. 2 cloves crushed garlic. 1 fine chopped small sweet onion. Simmer for an hour over very low heat to reduce.
Personally I never used pizza sauce on any pizza.
The above recipe is my 'base' for anything calling for a 'tomato sauce' so it will work as a pizza topping.
How many posters here have bought/made a pizza and all the topping want to slide off the crust. Everyone.
This is how I build every pizza no matter what the ingredients because I prefer to keep the toppings from sliding off:
I bake the shells on the pizza stone in the medium hot, that's right not screaming hot oven, I bake one side. The top forms large air pockets which I push down using an oven mitt. Then I flip the shell over and bake the other side. When the shell is just turning brown at the edges I remove the shell and put it on a cutting board to cool. Sometimes I'll prebake a dozen regular size shells this way depending on how many are invited for my famous pizza-party.
Now the 'build'. I have maybe two dozen toppings in bowls for the guests to custom build their own pizzas.
The first part is CRITICAL! #1 Take a shell and brush a liberal coating of olive oil on it. #2 Sprinkle on a thin layer of fine grafted fresh mozza. cheese. #3 From this point on it doesn't matter what toppings you put on....except pizza sauce. I like to put caramelized onions on the mozza cheese and then pretty much anything goes.
If you want to put pizza sauce on just put it on last. I use thin sliced tomatoes and a sprinkle of fresh fine chopped basil as a topping if I want that flavor.
Believe me. Follow this method and you'll never end up with a sloppy mass of pizza toppings on your lap again.
When the pizzas are built and ready for the oven I turn up the heat to about 400F. I want all the ingredients to get bubbly hot. If I have the heat up too high the top toppings will get hot too fast before the topping closer to the shell get bubbly hot. And the bottom of the shell may burn.
Years ago I started leaving the pizza stone in the oven on the bottom rack. When I use it I put it on the middle rack. The stone now looks like shiny black glass.
Years ago I got a piece of heavy stiff cardboard from a packing box. I cut a circle a little bigger than a regular pizza. When a pizza is built and ready for the oven I carefully slide it onto the cardboard the carefully slide the built pizza off the cardboard onto the pizza stone.
I'd be happy to hear from anyone who gives this method a try.
I learned this method from Italian resturant in San Remo.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:23 AM   #8
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I use my marinara sauce for pizza. The same sauce i use for everything else. I have several small containers in the freezer at any given time.
BTW, I need to make more. I'm running low.
Since I found out how good flat bread makes pizza's, I have been making them a lot lately. No dough to make. And very good.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:58 AM   #9
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I like Don Pepino pizza sauce.
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:14 AM   #10
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I just use spaghetti sauce. As mentioned, if you want it thicker you can simmer it for awhile.

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