Basic Italian Tomato Sauce over Mac & Bleu Cheese Deep Dish Pizza

Everybody loves Pizza, right?  Pizza is one of the foods that each individual has an opinion on which kind of crust, sauce, cheese and toppings to put together.  When I was little, pizza was just starting to be introduced to my home town in Japan.  (There was a bigger delay for small towns like mine before new things came finally reach from big towns at that time.)   My mom put tomato sauce out of a jar and shredded cheese onto sliced French bread then toasted it.  That’s it, really.  I thought it was the best food that exists on earth 🙂  Thankfully, my choices of food have tremendously broadened since then, but Pizza still ranks as one of my favorites.

I can proudly say that I’m the least pickiest eater.  I would be happy to eat just about anything I am served with a couple little exceptions (reptiles, bugs, etc.), but you can easily pursue everyday life without worrying about having those on your plate.  As to pizza crust, I enjoy all types of style and flavor.  However, the crust my family eats at home most often is deep dish crust which is adapted from Gino’s East Pizza Crust Recipe.  I sometimes have the temptation to give it a twist here and there to make it something we can call our own, but we are very satisfied with this original recipe and afraid of messing it up with our “creativity”.  Maybe after a little more adaptation and some practice, we will be ready to try our version of crust… just maybe…




Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce
Recipe Type: Main
Author: NorikoBurky
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 3 cups
This tomato sauce can be used for pizza, pasta and many other dishes.
  • 10 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/3 white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/4tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • 1tsp basil
  • 1tsp oregano
  • 3Tbsp tomato paste
  • 4Tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2tsp sugar
  • 1Tbsp vinegar
  1. Make a small cross cut on each end of the tomatoes. In a 5 qt. pan, bring water to a boil. Put in tomatoes and bring the water back to a boil. Wait for another 10 secs then immerse the tomatoes in to a bowl of ice cold water. Peel the skin.
  2. Using pulse button on food processor, puree the tomatoes to chunky/saucy consistency.
  3. Mince onion and garlic. Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium low heat, cook onion and garlic for about 8 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the pureed tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. Turn the heat up to high. Once it starts to get bubbly turn the heat to medium-low and put the lid on. Cook for about 20 mins, stirring occasionally, until it reduced to half amount. Add salt if necessary.
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Fresh tomatoes waiting to be flavorful……mmm, yum.



Deep Dish Pizza Crust

We got this crust recipe from another food blog Damn Good Food.
We’ve been spoiled by this delicious recipe for so long and cooked it a countless number of times.  I wonder if it’s from the cornmeal, because the dough is far less sticky and very easy to handle.  I love how Chicago style pizza puts cheese before the sauce instead of sprinkling on the top.  This way I don’t have to battle with the crusty cheese peeling off from the slice after a bite.
Go check it out for his fabulous Gino’s East Pizza Crust!


Mac & Bleu Cheese Filling/Topping


… to be continued …


About noriko

Hi all! My name is Noriko. I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to East Tennessee 10 yrs ago after marrying my husband. I always enjoyed a wide variety of international foods and living in the U.S. made it possible to explore even bigger variety. I would love to share my everyday, healthy, tasty, visually appealing yet cost conscious meals with you.
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