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Food - Drink
The Boozy Ingredient To Add Depth To Store-Bought Pizza Sauce
While it's a myth that alcohol "burns off" when cooked, we know for sure that booze can make your food smell and taste better by enhancing its aroma and adding depth to its flavor. You can even add it to food that isn't made from scratch to make it taste less flat, and this type of alcohol is fantastic when added to pizza sauce.
Red wine gives jarred pizza sauce a greater depth of flavor, and the wine works even better in conjunction with other quick, easy flavor additions. Try cooking onions, garlic, and/or herbs in a skillet and then deglaze the pan with the wine, cook it down a bit, then pour in your store-bought sauce and let it simmer until combined.
If you're wondering which red wines work best, Sangiovese and Barbera pair well with tomato-based sauces, while a full-bodied red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon will bring a bolder flavor overall and a Pinot Noir will taste more fruity. Whichever red wine you choose, you'll end up with a deliciously robust pizza sauce.