Pizza is one of those foods that I just can’t live without. I realize it isn’t the healthiest, but nothing beats the smile on my kids’ faces on pizza night. Something about getting to take their ball of dough, form whatever shape they want, and then fill it with whatever yummy toppings they feel like that day just gets them. When my mom’s allergy results included tomato; however, it felt like she had to miss all of the fun. While this sauce most assuredly won’t taste like tomato based sauces, it is a great alternative if you are looking for something just a little bit different. We simply use it as we would any other pizza sauce, but it is also a great utility base- working in everything from pasta dishes to enchilada topping. My favorite part of this sauce would have to be how completely customizable it is – changing the spices can easily change it from pasta to pizza and back. Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients; this sauce truly is one of the easiest that I make.
What you’ll need:
- 16 oz roasted red peppers (homemade or store bought both work equally well)
- 1 onion finely diced
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1.5 tbs peanut/olive/vegetable/coconut oil
- 4 oz stock (can be anything from chicken to vegetable, just whatever you have leftover from the week)
- 1 tbs sugar (honey can be substituted if desired)
- 3 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup white cheese substitute (parmesan, mozzarella, provolone all work well)
- 2 tsp chipotle chili pepper (optional)
- 2 tsp chili powder (optional)
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
(1) combine roasted red peppers (don’t forget the juice!), onions, and garlic into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
(2) In a hot pan, combine oil and red pepper mix. Simmer on medium heat until it begins to bubble.
(3) Whisk in your stock and let it get back to bubbling.
(4) Add in remaining spices.
(5) Let simmer for about 10 minutes or until you are ready to use the sauce.
(6) If using as pasta sauce, combine sauce with pasta, if using as a pizza sauce pour on your crust and top as normal, if using as a utility base- substitute for tomato sauce.