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How to Make Pizza Sauce: A Complete Guide

This is the complete guide to how to make pizza sauce. Pizza is nothing without the perfect sauce and I've got the recipe for how to make pizza sauce which has amazing flavour and keeps your pizza base perfectly crisp. #pizza #pizzasauce #pizzasaucerecipe #thecookreport

This is the complete guide to how to make pizza sauce. Pizza is nothing without the perfect sauce and I’ve got the recipe for how to make pizza sauce which has amazing flavour and keeps your pizza base perfectly crisp.

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We love making homemade pizza. It’s one of our favourite treat dinners and it’s something we cook several times a month.

Since we started making pizza from scratch a few years ago I’ve worked on a pizza sauce recipe which always turns out perfectly. It’s cooked down until it’s nice and jammy so that the pizza base doesn’t get soggy and all that tomato flavour gets so rich and intense.

How to make pizza sauce. Blue bowl of pizza sauce on a blue background

How do you make pizza sauce from scratch?

It’s actually loads easier than you think. You start off the way all good things start off. By frying chopped onion and garlic in olive oil. Add a little water and wait until it’s all evaporated before adding the chopped tomatoes and then cook until it’s getting pretty dry.

Then add in your tomato puree and herbs and stir it all together. Cook a little longer until it’s starting to look a little jam-like then tip out on to a plate and allow it to cool.

How to make pizza sauce. Onion and garlic frying   How to make pizza sauce. Pouring chopped tomatoes into a frying pan with onions

Can you use spaghetti sauce for pizza sauce?

Please don’t! I promise it won’t be as good and I also promise that this pizza sauce recipe is so easy that you have no need to use pasta sauce when you could throw together this recipe in less than half an hour.

The great thing about this pizza sauce is that it’s much drier than a pasta or spaghetti sauce so it won’t make your pizza base soggy.

How to make pizza sauce. Pizza sauce in a frying pan . How to make pizza sauce. Pizza sauce in a frying pan

What are the main ingredients in pizza sauce?

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tomato Puree

What can you add to pizza sauce?

If I’m making a simple pizza sauce I normally add some dried herbs when the sauce is nearly finished cooking. I like thyme or oregano for that classic Italian flavour. I often add a pinch of chilli flakes too to give a little kick.

The great thing is that once you’ve got this pizza sauce base down then you can add in whatever flavourings you like to make it work with the pizza you want to make. For example, I stirred chipotle paste through the sauce when I made this stuffed crust with chipotle chicken.

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for how to make pizza sauce…

How to make pizza sauce. Pizza sauce being spread on a pizza base

Can you store this pizza sauce?

I often make a double batch of this and keep one lot in the freezer so that we can have pizza on a whim some weeknights and I highly recommend you doing the same. It’s easy to think that making pizza from scratch is not a weeknight dinner activity but in reality, once you’ve got a grip on the basic ingredients, it’s such a simple thing to put together.

Alternatively, this pizza sauce would keep absolutely fine in the fridge for a few days so feel free to make ahead, it would be a great one for meal prep.

A good sauce is key to a good pizza and now you’ve got this pizza sauce recipe you’ll have a delicious pizza for dinner every time!

How to make pizza sauce. Homemade pizza sauce on a pizza base on a blue background

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How to make pizza sauce:

How to make pizza sauce. Blue bowl of pizza sauce on a blue background
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How to Make Pizza Sauce

This is the complete guide to how to make pizza sauce. Pizza is nothing without the perfect sauce and I've got the recipe for how to make pizza sauce which has amazing flavour and keeps your pizza base perfectly crisp.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 226 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, plenty of salt and 40ml of water. Once the water has evaporated pour in the tin of tomatoes and cook down until it's almost dry.

  2. Mix in the tomato puree, chilli powder and oregano and leave to cook a little more until it has a thick consistency. Tip out onto a plate and allow to cool.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Pizza Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 203mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Vitamin C 9.7%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to make pizza sauce. Blue bowl of homemade pizza sauce on a blue background next to pizza bases

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Janette | Culinary Ginger
    12/04/2018 at 1:06 PM

    I agree that for a pizza to be good, the sauce has to be great and this is a great pizza sauce.

  • Reply
    Marisa Moore
    12/04/2018 at 2:02 PM

    I love this rustic take on pizza sauce. The sauce is critical to the flavor for sure!

  • Reply
    cindy
    12/04/2018 at 2:09 PM

    I am so hungry now. I feel equipped to make my own sauce. I think I’ll give it a try this weekend!

  • Reply
    Pam
    12/04/2018 at 2:09 PM

    What a delicious looking, chunky pizza sauce! And I love all the variations. The possibilities are really endless.

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    Alida | Simply Delicious
    12/04/2018 at 2:44 PM

    Making your own pizza is always great and this sauce sounds like the perfect start!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/04/2018 at 4:31 PM

      Thanks Alida!

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