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Plain and Sweet Pizza Sauce

Plain and Sweet Pizza Sauce

Makes about 7 cups.


  • 7 lbs fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp Mirin or other sweet wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Mediterranean oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground fennel seed


  1. Blanch and peel tomatoes.
  2. Cut tomatoes into wedges and toss in a bowl. Strain tomatoes, reserving juice for later.
  3. Place tomatoes in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with olive oil over medium high heat.
  4. Once simmering, reduce heat to medium low; add cracked pepper.
  5. Simmer until liquid evaporates and tomatoes begin to caramelize, adding more pepper if desired.
  6. Turn off heat and place tomatoes back in their juice to cool them a bit.
  7. Deglaze Dutch oven with Mirin wine.
  8. Using blender or food processor, puree tomatoes in their juice. Return them to the Dutch oven over low heat.
  9. Add bay leaves and fennel. Partially cover; simmer 30 minutes, or until thickened.
  10. Remove from heat. Discard bay leaves, and stir in oregano. Add salt and more pepper to taste.

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