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Pizza Sauce Recipe

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This flavorful pizza sauce recipe will take your homemade pizza to the next level of taste.
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  1. Pizza Sauce Recipe Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pizza Sauce Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This easy homemade pizza sauce recipe will take your pizza to the next level. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how rich the tomato flavor is once you spread it on the pizza crust; your taste buds will be thanking you for days after!

Pizza in whatever form is a winner in my books. Our pizza pockets and pizza casserole are two more unconventional ways to enjoy the great pizza flavor. 

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Pizza Sauce Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato purée
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole bay leaves

PRO TIP:

Make sure you are buying tomato purée rather than tomato sauce for this recipe. The tomato purée will give you a more flavorful pizza sauce.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

OLIVE OIL: You can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to this delicious pizza sauce to add even more flavor to your pizza.

HEAT: If you want a milder sauce, you can eliminate the red pepper flakes in this recipe.

How to Make This Pizza Sauce Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This perfect sauce freezes really well, so you could make a big batch and freeze the extras for later.

STEP ONE: In a 3 to 4 quart saucepan over medium heat, whisk the tomato purée and tomato paste until smooth.

tomato paste and tomato purée whisked together in a saucepan

STEP TWO: Add the minced garlic, sugar, onion powder, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and whole bay leaves. Stir well to combine. 

PRO TIP:

You can add up to 2 extra tablespoons of fresh minced garlic for a stronger garlic flavor.

herbs and seasonings added to the saucepan

STEP THREE: Allow the pizza sauce to come to a very low boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

pizza sauce cooked in a saucepan

STEP FOUR: Remove from the heat. Remove the bay leaves.

STEP FIVE: Spoon the pizza sauce into 2-pint size canning jars. Allow the sauce to cool slightly without lids. Once cooled, place lids onto the jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How To Serve

Slather a generous portion of this easy pizza sauce recipe on homemade pizza dough, add your favorite toppings, pile on the cheese and bake. You’ll have the best homemade pizza around.

This sauce is also perfect for dipping sauce when you are enjoying our cauliflower breadsticks.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store unopened pizza sauce in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. Opened pizza sauce will last in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This perfect pizza sauce freezes well. Store in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to three months. 

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Skip the pizza delivery or the grocery store and include this great pizza sauce as part of your homemade pizza night. All you need are a few pantry staples including canned tomatoes and dried herbs and very little effort to make this flavorful pizza sauce.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many pizzas will this recipe for pizza sauce make?

One jar of this delicious recipe makes three large pizzas.

Can I use crushed tomatoes in this recipe?

If you only have crushed tomatoes on hand, you could use those in this pizza sauce recipe from scratch, but you may want to use an immersion blender or food processor to get rid of any chunks in the sauce so it is easily spreadable on the pizza crust.

Is pizza sauce the same as spaghetti sauce?

Spaghetti sauce is more watery and therefore it is not advisable to use it for pizza as it may make your crust soggy. Pizza sauce tends to be thicker and more flavorful than spaghetti sauce.

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Pizza Sauce Recipe

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This flavorful pizza sauce recipe will take your homemade pizza to the next level of taste.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 pints

Ingredients
  

  • 29 ounces tomato purée
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole bay leaves

Instructions
 

  • In a 3 to 4 quart saucepan over medium heat, whisk the tomato puree and tomato paste until smooth.
  • Add the minced garlic, sugar, onion powder, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and whole bay leaves. Stir well to combine.
  • Allow the pizza sauce to come to a very low boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat. Remove the bay leaves.
  • Spoon the pizza sauce into 2-pint size canning jars. Allow the sauce to cool slightly without lids.
  • Once cooled, place lids onto the jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

  • Make sure you are buying tomato purée rather than tomato sauce for this recipe. The tomato purée will give you a more flavorful pizza sauce.
  • This perfect sauce freezes really well, so you could make a big batch and freeze the extras for later.
  • You can add up to 2 extra tablespoons of fresh minced garlic for a stronger garlic flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 132g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5080mg | Potassium: 5575mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 7069IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 383mg | Iron: 24mg
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