Can you make pizza night healthier? Yes! But I’ve learned this the hard way. It’s about portioning and the quality of ingredients. When the family craves pizza on a week day, we round up some whole grain pitas and our favourite toppings. No one ends up eating too much and we all get to customize our favourite combos. The trick is to keep things simple (like opting for pitas instead of pizza dough) and having a good tomato sauce ready in the fridge or pantry. Growing up in an Italian household, a day didn’t go by without us enjoying mamma’s homemade tomato sauce. Here’s our recipe for this Italian staple to be enjoyed on your next pizza (or pasta) night!
Classic Italian Tomato Sauce
- 6 cups pure tomato purée (canned or jarred)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup diced shallots or onions
- 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly torn basil leaves, optional
Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with the olive oil and heat on medium heat. Sauté the shallots (or onions) and garlic for a minute or two, careful not to brown them. Pour in the tomato purée, oregano and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. After a couple of minutes, once it begins to simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low or low and let it simmer, covered, for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste it and adjust for seasoning. Toss in freshly torn basil leaves if you have and enjoy!
Jar up any leftover sauce and store in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.