This Pizza Sauce is a quick and easy recipe that is a delicious alternative to store-bought pizza sauce. Using fresh ingredients and some basic steps, you will be able to make an awesome homemade sauce for your next pizza night. And if you are looking to make a dairy-free pizza, this recipe is perfect, as it is vegan!
Why this recipe works
This pizza sauce is made from simple, fresh ingredients. Using fresh ingredients improves the sauce’s taste and flavor, making it easily beat any store-bought sauce hands down.
You can easily adjust the chunkiness or smoothness of the sauce according to your taste.
For a chunkier version, I stop pureeing the tomatoes sooner, when there are still some bits of tomato left. For a smooth version, I chop the tomatoes finely first and then puree them very well.
Since the method and recipe is easy, you can also feel free to adjust the quantity of herbs as per your choice.
This pizza sauce works well for 8 medium-sized pizzas. If you are making more pizzas, the recipe can easily be doubled.
If you do not use all of the sauce right away, simply store it in a bowl or a jar in the refrigerator and use within the next 10 to 15 days.
Ingredients you need
- Tomatoes: Freshly crushed or pureed. When choosing which tomato to use, most varieties will work. Just be sure they are fresh, red and ripe. Roma is a typical variety used for pizza sauce and work well. Indian tomatoes also work well for this recipe.
- Fresh Garlic: Finely chopped
- Fresh Basil: Chopped
- Dry Oregano
- Black Pepper: Freshly ground
More Ways to use Pizza Sauce
In addition to pizza, the sauce also works well with pasta. Just toss some cooked pasta, along with some steamed or sautéed veggies, in the sauce. Then top with some cheese and bake or grill the pasta till until the cheese melts.
How to make Pizza Sauce
1. Rinse and chop 5 to 6 medium to large tomatoes (500 grams). Take the chopped tomatoes in a blender jar.
2. Crush tomatoes. Pulse or grind in batches for some seconds. You can make a smooth purée if you want. You do not need to blanch tomatoes before crushing.
3. The photo below shows the consistency of the crushed tomatoes. If using canned tomatoes, then add 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes.
Making pizza sauce
4. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a pan. Add 2 teaspoons minced garlic.
5. Sauté garlic for 10 to 12 seconds on a low heat. You do not need to brown the garlic.
6. Add the crushed tomatoes.
7. Mix well.
8. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes on low or medium-low heat.
9. Season with salt as per taste and mix very well.
10. Cover the pan with lid and simmer for 25 minutes on low heat.
11. Do check and stir at intervals.
12. Simmer till the sauce has thickened and the tomatoes have softened completely.
13. When the tomatoes are cooked well, add ¼ cup chopped fresh basil.
14. Add 2 teaspoons dried oregano.
15. Season with ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper powder or as required.
16. Mix very well and cook for a minute.
17. Let the sauce cool at room temperature.
18. When the pizza sauce is cooled, you can use it right away as a pizza topping. Or else store the pizza sauce in clean or sterilized small to medium jar in the refrigerator or the freezer.
20. The pizza sauce stays good for about 10 to 15 days in the refrigerator and a couple of months in the freezer.
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Quick and easy pizza sauce made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine Italian, World
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level: Easy
Making tomato puree
Rinse and then chop the tomatoes.
Crush the tomatoes in a blender or with a hand blender.
You can even make a smooth puree of the tomatoes.
Making pizza sauce
Heat olive oil in a small pan.
Then add the minced garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 seconds on a low heat.
Add the crushed tomatoes and sauté for 4 to 5 mins on a low to medium-low heat.
Add the chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and pepper.
Cover and cook till the pizza sauce has thickened and the tomatoes are cooked. Simmer on low heat for about 25 minutes.
Check the seasonings add more salt or pepper if required.
Cool the pizza sauce at room temperature.
When use the pizza sauce as a topping on pizzas or store in a bowl or a small to medium jar.
- For a smooth version, puree the tomatoes very well.
Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 782mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1230IUVitamin C: 19.6mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.7mg
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This recipe post from the archives (December 2013) has been republished and updated on 25 September 2020.