This whole month, I’ve been participating in “Frugal February”. It’s too easy to feel exhausted after work and go out for dinner or drop $100 at Target because I’m bored – so I decided that at least for a month of February, I would make changes to the way I spend money and what I spend money on. For a simple example, on days when I might have ordered a pizza I’ve been making a pizza from scratch. There aren’t any amazing pizza places where I live, so this hasn’t been much of a sacrifice. The pizza I make at home is way better than any pizza I could have delivered.
Hand shredding mozzarella is easy enough. For pizza dough, I’ve actually been using the same dough as for my apple pie cinnamon rolls. That sounds pretty strange, I know! But it’s whole wheat, comes together so quickly, and tastes amazing. A good pizza sauce was harder to come by. Sure, I could buy it in a jar but it tastes more or less the same as spaghetti sauce to me – not appealing. I like my sauce a little chunky, almost like a Chicago style (even if I don’t like my crust very thick). This sauce is full of tomatoes and a variety of seasonings, the way I think sauce should be. This recipe makes enough sauce for a thick layer on a large pizza (or a medium amount of sauce on 2 smaller pizzas).