Friday, July 2, 2010

Pizza Sauce

Making pizza at home is a fun, healthy alternative to take out. I have gradually increased how "homemade" my homemade pizza is. It started with pre-made crusts, like Boboli or Pillsbury, and increased to homemade crusts. It was only fitting that I set aside my jarred pizza sauce and made that from scratch too. This recipe looked perfect so I whipped it up with really no effort at all. Just dump a few ingredients in a pot and let it go. The sauce was delicious! Just right for pizza. Once it cooled I froze ladles of the sauce in little cups and then popped the sauce out into a freezer bag. Next time I make pizza I just need to grab a frozen cube of sauce and ta-da, homemade pizza!

Note: My stores do NOT sell 15 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes so I just bought a 28 ounce can and doubled it. The sauce freezes well and we eat pizza a lot so it won't go to waste!

Source: Chef Mommy

Makes about 1 1/4 cups of sauce.

15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt or to taste

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat add the oil. Then add the garlic and cook till fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a gently boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15-18 minutes. Once finished cooking, remove from the heat and let cool.

Store extra sauce in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.


  1. This looks just perfect!

  2. This is a great pizza sauce recipe. I've been looking for a perfect (and simple to make) pizza sauce recipe for 2 or 3 years now. This one is a winner :) My husband loves marinara and pizza sauces, and he has told me several times that this is his favorite. Thanks for posting it :)

  3. I can't wait to try this. I am like you and started with homemade crust,but really like the convenience of prepared sauce. We are living in Ecuador and the store is not carrying North American products now so I need to make homemade.