I love these nights, although, being the only girl, I get outvoted on movies a lot. Tonight's choice? Cowboys & Aliens.
After many cans of pizza sauce, it occurred to me that I could make my own (I'm slow sometimes), and it might even be better.
Good & Garlicky Pizza Sauce
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
pinch (or two) crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 glug red wine (yes, glug...or 2-3 TBSP)
freshly ground black pepper
Alrighty...heat some olive oil over medium heat.
Add the garlic, stir and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute. You really don't want it browned, just softened a bit and flavoring the oil.
Next, add the tomatoes and stir. Add the spices (I normally eyeball the amounts, so feel free to do the same. If I were making it just for me, I would add more red pepper).
While that's cooking, look for an open bottle of wine. You have one, right? Feel free to open one...or totally omit this part...it's fine. Add a glug of wine to the sauce. (Be sure to use a wine that you would drink. Obviously, we go for the expensive stuff around here...see pic above.)
Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until combined and thickened. Add a few turns of freshly ground black pepper and about 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. If the sauce starts bubbling, lower the heat.
That's it! Slather on your pizza crust. If you're near an HEB grocery, we love this frozen crust...
What are YOU watching for movie night?