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We all know that true Chicago pizza features a deep, buttery crust, lots of cheese, and a chunky tomato sauce. Without any of those elements, the pizza just would not be the same. However, many restaurants claiming to offer Chicago pizza do not use the right sauce! That makes their offerings pretty disappointing.
Without a good Chicago pizza sauce recipe, you are just not going to be able to capture that classic flavor. Relatively simple, this distinctive type of pizza is one that just says Chicago. Many pizzerias in the Windy City do not make the sauce before assembling the pizza - instead, they just layer these ingredients together. However, making the sauce in advance allows you to store some for later, making pizza baking much easier in a hurry.
1 twenty-eight ounce can tomatoes
1 sixteen ounce can tomato sauce
1 six ounce can tomato paste
¾ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons mixed Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons fennel seed
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon white sugar
Combine all ingredients, crushing tomatoes with a potato masher, fork, or the back of a wooden spoon.
Allow to rest half an hour or more to develop flavor.
Spread on pizza and bake according to your favorite recipe.
Freeze remaining sauce.
(Makes about 6 cups, or enough for 6 to 12 pizzas)