This is my easy, homemade pizza sauce recipe. It is quite a versatile sauce, spread a generous helping over the pizza base, pour over the pasta, or dunk meatballs in it. This simple, one-pot tomato sauce is always a hero in my kitchen.
Is this an authentic pizza sauce recipe?
The first question that comes to the mind of many recipe readers – is this an authentic pizza sauce recipe?
Honestly, I am not even claiming that my recipe is an authentic one. BUT it is a tried and tested, guaranteed delicious tomato sauce that you will absolutely love.
This one is more like an Italian marinara sauce. And I use it for both – pizza and pasta.
Reasons To LOVE This Sauce Recipe:
- takes less than 20 minutes
- requires basic pantry staples
- easy to store for 1 – 2 weeks
- gluten-free and vegan recipe
- one-pot recipe
- perfect for beginners
You only 7 ingredients (including salt) for my pizza sauce recipe. They are:
Crushed Tomatoes: Tomato is the soul of any type of pizza sauce. I highly recommend using canned crushed tomatoes for making this sauce.
Tomato Paste: The sweetness and the rich tomato taste in the sauce come from the tomato paste. It does something magical to the sauce. You can substitute tomato paste with tomato ketchup as well.
Garlic: The fresh garlic cloves add so much flavor to the sauce. Plus, tomato and garlic are a match made in food heaven. Adjust the quantity of garlic as per your taste preference.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: It has much more flavor and lusciousness then the ordinary olive oil.
Seasoning: Dried Oregano, Salt
Optional Ingredients: Butter, Chopped Onion, Black Pepper, Fresh Basil
How To Make
This is a very easy to follow pizza sauce recipe. All you need to do is:
- Heat butter and olive oil
- Saute garlic and onion
- Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and cook
- Season the sauce, add fresh basil, and cool
How To Store
Usually, I make a large batch of this multi-purpose Italian sauce and store it.
To store this tomato sauce you need a clean and dry glass bottle/jar with a tight-fitting lid. Once the sauce cools down to room temperature, transfer it to the bottle with a clean spoon.
Drizzle olive oil over the sauce before closing the lid (this is my secret trick). Tightly seal the jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator for 1 – 2 weeks.
Make sure to use a dry spoon each time to scoop the sauce.
You can also freeze pizza sauce by storing in freezer-safe zip bags, remove extra air and seal. Lay flat in the freezer and thaw before use.
How To Use
Here are a few delicious ways to use pizza sauce:
Recipe Variation: No Cook Pizza Sauce
There is another method to make the basic Italian sauce. To make no-cook pizza sauce ingredients required are the same as mentioned in the recipe below.
Blend ingredients in a food processor to get a thick and luscious tomato sauce. The food processor gives a coarse and rustic texture to the sauce rather than a smooth puree.
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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
- 1 Can crushed tomato (1 Cup crushed tomato)
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
- 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt to taste
- ¼ Cup fresh basil leaves
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan.
- Add chopped garlic. Saute for 10 – 20 seconds to release the aroma and infuse the flavor in the oil. Add chopped onion at this stage and saute.
- Add crushed tomato, tomato paste, salt, seasoning, and cook the sauce for 5 – 10 minutes or till thick with a spreading consistency. Turn off the heat.
- Add fresh basil. Allow the sauce to cool down completely.
- Store pizza sauce in a clean, dry container or use immediately.
- I highly recommend using canned crushed tomatoes for making this sauce.
- You can substitute tomato paste with tomato ketchup as well.
- Adjust the quantity of garlic and other seasonings as per your taste preference.
- Optional Ingredients: Butter, Chopped Onion, Black Pepper, Fresh Basil. Many of these ingredients are not added to an authentic pizza sauce. hence, you can happily skip them.
- Store pizza sauce for a week in the refrigerator or freeze it.
- To make vegan pizza sauce, do not add butter.