This is a good light base sauce for pizza because it is just the right thickness, and its flavorings will not overwhelm other toppings.
- 1 can (28 ounces) Italian-style tomato puree
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano or marjoram
- 4 fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1 bay leaf
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place all the ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, lower the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.