Iron Mike's Sweet Tomato Pizza Sauce - the Spirit of Cincinnati
photo by Mr-Mom
- Ready In:
4-6 pizza saucings
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon dried onion, minced or chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cloves fresh minced garlic
- 1⁄2 tablespoon minced carrot
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add the Tomato Puree; watch out for splatterage!
- Add everything else and simmer uncovered on low, stirring frequently, for 30-60 minutes, until desired consistency.
- Freeze leftover sauce until ready to use; When using on pizza dough, thaw to room temperature; Thaws nicely in the microwave.
- Don't use too much pepper.
- You can mince a baby carrot in the garlic press after microwaving it for 5-10 seconds- just cut it in half before putting it through the press- and that equals about 1/2 Tablespoon.
- Either Light or Dark Brown Sugar is fine, but the dark brown sugar makes the sauce DEEP red- almost maroon.
- If you want the sauce even sweeter, just add more Honey next time.
Questions & Replies
This is pretty close to Buddy's. I worked for LaRosa's for 7 years and this is on the money. I will know for sure once it cools down and I put it on a Pie :-)! After cooling it was a little weak compared to the real thing so, I "kicked it up a notch". I almost doubled the sugar and honey (3 TBS each) but I also doubled all of the spices. Simmered it a while longer and this time when it cooled it was dead on. I had some thin crusts bought from either Sam's or GFS in the freezer so I pulled one out and made a 12" 4 item pie. I havenâ€™t eaten an entire 12" 4 item pie since I quit LaRosa's 14 years ago but I swear I couldn't stop till it was all gone!!!!! I grow and can my own tomatoes every year so instead of the puree I used 2 pints of Roma's drained and ran through a blender. I was out of fresh garlic so I used 3 tsp. dried garlic powder. For the carrots...I used Gerber baby food :-0.
Hats off to Iron Mike! I made this and this is the best tasting pizza/pasta sauce I have tasted in so very long. I know make it in big batches and freeze the extra. I use it for both pizza & pasta. I get rave reviews every time. I made a egg plant parm with this. And it was the best egg plant parm I've tasted in my life. So again thank you so very much Mike. I'll be making this for many many years to come.
I found this recipe a few years ago looking for either a Papa John's reproduction or just a general sweet pizza sauce. Most of the recipes I've found online have been a huge disappointment, aside from anything from Alton Brown. This, on the other hand, is the only sauce recipe I ever bother with. I've actually come back to this website at least 3 times to recopy it. I think one of the things that was intriguing was the minced carrot. I don't know if this is based on a particular restaurant's sauce, I only know it's great.
This is my go-to sauce..but I like a bit of spice. So Bobby Flay recently put piquillo peppers in his sauce for a eggplant Parmesan for a bit of spice..so I added a fairly large slice (think about 2 tablespoons to a 1.5 amount version of this recipe) to my sauce. It's AWESOME. Tip: piquillo peppers are usually in the Latino section of your market, Walmart carries them.
Made this the other night for dinner. I know we found a new pizza sauce. It was fantastic, quick and easy. I subbed 1T of light corn syrup for the honey as I had none on hand. These are the things that I refuse to buy at the store as they are so easy to make at home and this recipe is a great example!
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