I love homemade pizza, and I like to serve it at parties because it's something that everybody will eat.
I'm really happy with the dough--I use Nick Malgieri's recipe from "How to Bake."
The problem is the sauce. I'm looking for a sauce that is smooth and full of flavor. It also needs to be completely vegetarian because many of my guests don't eat meat. It also needs to be not-too-spicy, otherwise, children won't eat it.
I make spaghetti sauce all the time for my family, and my preference is for a long-cooked, rich sauce made with beef short ribs (which is then de-greased after it has cooled). Obviously, if I weren't worried about the vegetarian aspect, I'd simply use my homemade spaghetti sauce.
I've thought about doing a pizza sauce using roasted garlic, or carmelized onions, and using some butter to smooth it out and cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I've also thought about using some sort of a mushroom-base to give it flavor. But I'm driving myself crazy because there are a thousand variables, and I don't want to spend years experimenting to find the perfect pizza sauce.
Yes, I know there are jar sauces I could use, and I have done that, but I'd really like to master the pizza sauce once and for all.
Any help or suggestions would be so appreciated :)!