Friday nights, to me, are pizza nights.  Invariably, we end up ordering Pasquale’s and staying in with a movie on the couch, or enjoying our slices with my in-laws at their house as part of a family dinner.  I decided to change it up last week and made my own pizza at home.  I whipped up this SUPER EASY sauce a couple days prior and used it on the pizza–yummy!  I ended up adding about 1-2 T sugar to the recipe, so taste first and see what you think.  Or add chile flakes to take it up a notch.  Either way, this is an excellent, easy and healthy sauce for your next pizza, pasta dish or even just to keep in the freezer!


Easy Tomato Sauce

1 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, drained, tomatoes chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add the remaining ingredients and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 6
Per serving: Calories 94; Total Fat 3 grams; Saturated Fat 0.3 grams; Protein 3 grams; Total Carbohydrate 14 grams; Fiber 3 grams; Cholesterol 0 milligrams; Sodium 476 milligrams



Holly R. Layer

Holly R. Layer

Holly is a registered dietician and a freelance writer. She works as a clinical dietitian at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, teaches fitness classes at the Southtowns Family Branch YMCA and shares her love of food through her blog (new website coming soon), as well as Buffalo News (Refresh), and the East Aurora Co-op Market (the "Eat This" blog series you see here). She lives in East Aurora with her husband Andrew, an East Aurora native and East Aurora Co-op Market board member.