Our Very Favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce
I have two pizza sauce recipe here on Kitchen Treaty: This one right here, Our Very Favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce, which takes a couple of hours (most of it is simmer-time) on the stove and results in an incredibly rich, hearty, flavor-bomb of a pizza sauce situation. SO GOOD.
But if you’re short on time, I have a pizza sauce recipe for that, too! Check out my 5-Minute No-Cook Pizza Sauce recipe. That one is delicious too!
I like to make a double batch of the longer-cooking version and freeze individual portions for many future Friday pizza nights. On the other hand, the super-quick version is perfect for more spur-of-the-moment situations. .
An amazing “pizza” isn’t just about the crust – it’s about the sauce, too.
In my opinion, a great classic pizza sauce has a pronounced tomato flavor (with a pinch of sugar to both highlight tomatoes’ sweetness and also balance the acidity), a good amount of garlic, a nice hit of earthy oregano, a slight bit of heat, and, well, not much else. Simple is better.
This homemade pizza sauce recipe, slightly adapted from Sunset magazine, calls for either fresh or diced tomatoes – fresh can be better, but diced are still absolutely terrific (and how I make it the majority of the time). Just start with good tomatoes and your sauce will be all the better for it. (And, of course, canned whole tomatoes will work too).
The key to the recipe, other than the simple list of meaningful ingredients, is the time it takes to simmer uncovered. It cooks for an hour and a half, allowing the flavors to mellow and meld and the sauce to thicken to the perfect consistency. And then I like to hit it with the immersion blender to make it nice and smooth.
Making it kid-friendly
Making this sauce for kids? Consider leaving out the red pepper flakes, or only adding a small pinch. I like to make two separate batches – one with more heat for the adults, and no heat for the kiddos. If you end up with leftover sauce, try freezing it for easy homemade pizza-makin’ later on.
Our Very Favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce
This easy classic homemade pizza sauce simmers for a good long time to allow the tomatoes, garlic, and oregano to mingle and meld. Freeze the leftovers so you have pizza sauce at hand whenever you have a hankering for good homemade pizza.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about two or three large cloves)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano (if using fresh, add at the end of the cooking time)
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes (undrained) or 2 pounds diced fresh tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, honey, or agave nectar
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this makes for a lot of heat, which we love, but I recommend you start out with 1/4 teaspoon or even just a generous pinch if you’re unsure)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Black pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the olive oil.
- Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute. If you’re using dried oregano, add that along with the garlic. If you’re using fresh, add it to the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
- Increase the heat to medium. Add the tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.
- Leave over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Reduce heat to low for a nice simmer.
- Gently simmer uncovered for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in fresh oregano, if using that instead of dried.
- Allow the sauce to cool to a safe temperature and then, using an immersion blender or working in batches with a blender, puree sauce.
- Assemble pizza using your delicious homemade sauce, or refrigerate until ready to use. Keeps well in the fridge for about 4 days. I love to freeze this sauce in individual-pizza portions, too.
Refined sugar-free option:
Replace the granulated sugar with honey (if not vegan) or agave syrup. Try not to leave this little bit of sweetener out entirely, though. It really helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
Adapted from Sunset Magazine// All images and text © for Kitchen Treaty.
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