How To Make A Perfect Pizza (The Missing Ingredient)
When it comes to homemade pizza, the secret ingredient that many busy cooks turn to is a sauce that comes from a jar or a can. But, here’s the thing if you’ll be going to all the trouble of making pizza at home instead of ordering out we think you can do better than just sauce from a jar. In fact, we know you can. Homemade pizza sauce is no trouble at all to make from scratch, and you can find numerous recipes for sauces both cooked and uncooked that will make your pizza taste way better than it would if you just resorted to store-bought sauce.
No matter what your go-to recipe is, though or even if you absolutely must use the pre-made kind of pizza sauce there is one secret ingredient guaranteed to make it even better: Parmesan cheese.
Surprised? You’ll be even more surprised when you try it! Parmesan cheese may be better known as something you sprinkle on top of your sauce (particularly when it’s topping a plate of pasta), but it actually complements the tomato sweetness by adding an extra hit of umami. Adding it to pasta sauce adds a complex and savory flavor, and it’s the same principle that’s at work on your pizza, too.
As a bonus, Parmesan also helps to thicken the sauce up a bit, which, with pizza, is always a good thing. Pizza sauce goes directly on top of a bread-type crust, and thin sauce plus bread dough equals a soggy crust. Whether you like your pizza crust thick, thin, hand-tossed, stuffed, or any of its other numerous variants, soggy crust is never anyone’s choice.