I can't remember what TV show I was watching but I saw a pizzaiolo making his homemade pizza sauce and he was giving out some tips. One of the tips was to sauté diced garlic and onions in olive oil and then add your dry spices to the oil as well. Then build the pizza sauce. The idea was that the oil gets flavored by the garlic, onions, and herbs, which helps spread the flavor throughout the sauce. I figured why not try it!?
Dice the garlic and chop the onions.
Preheat a pot to about medium heat with 2 T of olive oil. Once the oil is hot add the onions.
After the onions start to soften a bit add the dry herbs and garlic to the mix and stir around often. Don't leave them to cook for too long or they can burn. I'd say this whole sauté process should only take you about 5-6 minutes but keep an eye on the dry herbs so they don't burn.
Add the tomato sauce, the tomato paste and the honey. The honey isn't very strong in this recipe but it provides just a nice hint of sweetness.
Use an immersion blender to blend everything together. If you don't have an immersion blender you could transfer the sauce to a blender.
Notice how the color is a little light? I love it. This is from the onions. They tend to lighten the color of a sauce after they are puréed. This is a really nice flavorful pizza sauce.
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