*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                             BASIC PIZZA SAUCE
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Sauces                           Pizza
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1                    2 lb,3 oz. can whole
                         Tomatoes, packed in tomato
                         Puree or juice
    2                    Fresh basil leaves or 1
                         Teaspoon dried basil, dried
                         Oregano or dried marjoram
    1                    Clove of garlic, crushed
    2       tb           Tomato paste (optional)
                         Freshly ground black pepper
                         Pinch of salt (optional)
   1.  Pour the contents of the tomato can into a 2
   quart, heavy non-aluminum
       saucepan and coarsely crush the tomatoes with a
   fork or your hands. 2.  Add the herbs, garlic, tomato
   paste, pepper, and salt. 3.  Bring to a bubble over
   medium heat, stirring to mix the seasonings. 4.  As
   soon as the sauce begins to bubble, turn the heat to
   low and
       maintain the sauce at a gentle simmer.
   5.  Cook, uncovered, stirring from time to time, for a
   minimum of 15
       minutes and a maximum of 1 hour.
   This sauce will keep for about a week in an airtight
   container in the refrigerator.  It can also be frozen
   for up to 4 months. Variation: For onion sauce, saute
   1 small, finely chopped sweet onion
   :          in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until the
   onion is just
   :          translucent.  Follow instructions for basic
   :          For meat flavored sauce, saute the meat of
   two Italian sweet
   :          sausages (removed from their casings and
   roughly crumbled)
   :          in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook the
   sausage meat for 1 to
   :          2 minutes over medium heat until it is no
   longer pink.  Follow
   :          instructions for basic sauce.
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