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Simple Oregano Pizza Sauce

Oregano as a spice came into its own in the United States after World War II when soldiers came home with a craving for a dish they had discovered in Italy called pizza! Here is a recipe that is very adjustable. The first time you make it follow the recipe, the next time adjust it to your taste. You will soon be making the perfect pizza sauce.


1 can tomato puree (14 or 16 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
2 cloves garlic
dash black pepper
dash red pepper


Mix ingredients in a bowl Then spread evenly and thinly over your favorite pizza crust - too much sauce can make your pizza soggy. (I like to bake my crust - if made from dough - for about 10 minutes before putting on sauce.) Add your favorite toppings and cheese and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 400° Fahrenheit (204° Celsius). Pizza is done when cheese begins to brown.

Store extra sauce in refrigerator for next pizza night. This should be good for about two weeks, but check for mold before second use.

Basil is another herb commonly thought of as Italian.
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