perfect pizza sauce
Without a doubt, people are opinionated about their pizza sauce!
Some like it smooth. Some like it chunky. Some like it simple and tomato-flavored. Some like it packed with herbs. Some like it sweet. Some like it unsweetened. But without a doubt…good pizza sauce can definitely “make” a pizza!!!
So for what it’s worth, here’s my favorite version of a “smooth” pizza sauce. (I’ll save my chunky version for another time!) I happen to like mine packed with herbs (especially fresh basil), with no added sugar, accented with a splash of red wine and just a touch of cayenne for a little “kick”. It only takes a minute to stir the ingredients together, but then I love to let it simmer on the stove fr 15 or 20 minutes, so that all of the flavors can meld perfectly together….mmmm….
Regardless of your pizza sauce preferences, if you’ve never tried making the sauce from scratch, you must! Definitely a delicious, fresh “step up” from the jar.
Happy Pizza-Making! :)
Perfect Pizza Sauce
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried basil)
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- pinch of cayenne
- splash of red wine (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until bubbles begin to rise (and pop) at the surface. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
Serve warm. Or you can also freeze this to use later. (I love freezing it in ice cube trays so that you can choose how much you want to thaw and use later!)
If you like your pizza sauce on the “sweeter” side, feel free to add in extra sugar or honey to taste!