Pizza Sauce from Canned Tomatoes


  • 1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • a few fresh basil leaves chopped or torn


  • Heat the olive oil and saute the garlic a few minutes, just until softened. Keep the heat low so it doesn't brown at all. 
  • Add the tomatoes. (If you use tomato puree you can probably skip the paste.) Add the paste if needed. Stir and cook 15-20 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. 
  • Once it thickens, salt to taste and add the basil leaves. Stir and let cool while you make the pizzas.