Pizza Sauce
Pizza Sauce
5 from 5 votes
Venture into a gastronomic journey with pizza sauce, a staple in every pizza-loving household. Discover how this rich, spicy, and aromatic sauce can transform any mundane dish into an Italian delicacy.
Pizza Sauce

Creating your own pizza sauce from scratch can elevate your homemade pizzas to a whole new level of deliciousness. With a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can whip up a batch of flavorful pizza sauce that will rival any store-bought version.

Originating from Italy, where pizza is practically a religion, this sauce is a key component of the beloved dish. Don’t let the idea of making your own sauce intimidate you – it’s actually quite simple and incredibly rewarding.

Plus, you can customize it to your own taste preferences, adjusting the seasonings to create the perfect balance of flavors. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to take your homemade pizza game to the next level with this easy-to-follow pizza sauce recipe.

Expert Tip: If you like a chunkier sauce, you can leave the tomatoes slightly less blended for some texture in your pizza sauce.

Ingredients

Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes provide a rich, tangy flavor and a vibrant red color that is characteristic of traditional pizza sauce. Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy addition to your pizza.

Oregano and Basil: These aromatic herbs add depth and complexity to the sauce, infusing it with a burst of fresh, herbal flavor. Oregano brings a slightly earthy, peppery note, while basil contributes a sweet, slightly minty flavor. Together, they create a harmonious blend of Italian-inspired taste.

Olive Oil: Olive oil not only adds richness and depth to the sauce but also helps to bind the flavors together. It provides a luscious mouthfeel and adds a hint of fruity, peppery flavor that complements the tomatoes beautifully.

Crushed Chillies: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, crushed chillies add a spicy kick to the sauce. They bring warmth and depth of flavor without overwhelming the other ingredients, allowing you to customize the level of heat to your liking.

Salt, Black Pepper, and Sugar: These simple seasonings help to balance and enhance the flavors of the sauce. Salt brings out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and herbs, while black pepper adds a subtle warmth and complexity. A touch of sugar helps to round out the acidity of the tomatoes, creating a well-rounded and flavorful sauce.

Italian Herb Seasoning: This blend of dried herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, and marjoram, adds an extra layer of flavor and complexity to the sauce. It imparts a savory, herbaceous taste that is reminiscent of classic Italian cuisine.

Garlic Paste: Garlic is a staple ingredient in many Italian dishes, and for good reason. It adds a pungent, savory flavor that complements the sweetness of the tomatoes and herbs. Garlic paste is used here for convenience, but you can also use fresh garlic if preferred.

Expert Tip: Feel free to customize the herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences. You can add other herbs like thyme or rosemary for extra flavor.

Serving Suggestions

  • Spread it on pizza dough: Of course, the most obvious way to enjoy this pizza sauce is by spreading it over your pizza dough. Whether you’re making a classic Margherita pizza or getting creative with your toppings, this sauce will provide a flavorful base for your pizza creations.
  • Use as a dipping sauce: This versatile sauce isn’t just limited to pizza. It also makes a delicious dipping sauce for breadsticks, garlic knots, or even mozzarella sticks. Simply heat it up and serve on the side for dipping.
  • Drizzle over other dishes: Get creative and use this pizza sauce to add a burst of flavor to other dishes. Try drizzling it over grilled chicken or fish, tossing it with pasta, or using it as a sauce for homemade meatball subs.
  • Customize your sandwiches: Take your sandwiches to the next level by slathering this sauce onto your favorite bread before adding your fillings. It adds a deliciously tangy and savory flavor that pairs perfectly with deli meats, cheeses, and veggies.
  • Use as a base for other sauces: This pizza sauce can also serve as a base for other sauces. Add a splash of cream to create a creamy tomato sauce for pasta, or stir in some extra herbs and spices to make a spicy marinara sauce for chicken or seafood.

Expert Tip: For a smoother sauce, you can strain the blended tomatoes before cooking to remove any seeds or skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes?

Yes, you can substitute canned tomatoes for fresh tomatoes if you prefer. Just make sure to use good-quality canned tomatoes with no added salt or seasonings.

How long does this pizza sauce keep in the refrigerator?

This pizza sauce will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Make sure to let it cool completely before storing it, and give it a stir before using it again.

Can I freeze this pizza sauce?

Yes, you can freeze this pizza sauce for longer storage. Transfer it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using, and give it a stir to recombine any separated liquids.

Can I adjust the seasonings to suit my taste preferences?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the seasonings in this pizza sauce to suit your taste preferences. You can add more or less of any of the herbs and spices listed in the recipe, or experiment with adding other seasonings to customize the flavor to your liking.

Can I make this pizza sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this pizza sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to use it. In fact, allowing the flavors to meld together for a day or two can actually enhance the taste of the sauce.

Is this pizza sauce spicy?

The level of spiciness in this pizza sauce can be adjusted to your preference by adding more or less crushed chillies. If you prefer a milder sauce, simply reduce the amount of crushed chillies or omit them altogether.

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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

by Nabeela Kauser
Venture into a gastronomic journey with pizza sauce, a staple in every pizza-loving household. Discover how this rich, spicy, and aromatic sauce can transform any mundane dish into an Italian delicacy.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 50 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the tomatoes and add into a food processer then blend tomatoes until a smooth paste is formed
  • In a pan heat up the oil over medium heat until hot
  • Add the garlic paste and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant
  • Add the crushed chillies, Italian herb seasoning, oregano and basil then sauté again for 1 minute
  • Pour in in the blended tomatoes paste then bring to a gentle bubble and allow to simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes on low heat
  • Add the salt, pepper and sugar then cook for a few minutes
  • Use on top of pizza dough for a delicious treat and enjoy!

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Notes

Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 595mgPotassium: 271mgFibre: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1002IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Homemade, Homemade Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Sauce, Recipe, Tomato
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