Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipes

pizza with homemade pizza sauce


After I published my post on planning ahead for pizza night, it occurred to me that you all might want some ideas for making pizza sauce. So here are ones I regularly use, depending on what I have on hand.

The options are almost endless for a good tomato pizza sauce. Or you might prefer a “gourmet” white garlic sauce. But for a good red sauce, try this:

  • 1/2 an onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) small can of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs, a store blend
  • a pinch of salt

Saute the onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil until soft. Then add everything else. Cook at a low simmer for an hour, stirring and break up the tomatoes periodically.

Sometimes I do just aboutĀ  the same recipe but I use a can of tomato puree or tomato sauceĀ  instead. Just cook it down until it’s the thickness you like.

Canned tomato sauce

Take a can of tomato sauce, put some Italian herbs in and simmer for 10 minutes or to blend it. Suggested seasonings include an Italian blend, or oregano, garlic powder or chopped garlic, red wine…

Jarred sauce

Use your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce (bought on sale of course!).

Crushed tomatoes

A can of crushed tomatoes, seasoned as above.

Tomato paste

In a pinch, a can of tomato paste watered down, seasoned, and simmered a while.




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