One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how to make pizza sauce from scratch. You may be surprised when you find out how easy it really is. I’m fairly certain you will be equally surprised by how good it tastes!

A good sauce requires quality ingredients. Do your best to get the freshest ingredients and the flavor that results will reflect your efforts.

You will need the following:

A large sauce pan
1 15oz can of Tomato Sauce – (preferably Roma tomatoes)
1 6 ounce can of Tomato Paste
1/4 cup White Onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons Garlic, minced
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Fresh Oregano
2 tablespoon Fresh Basil
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon Hot Dried Red Pepper Flakes.
1 tablespoon Sea or Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper

How to make pizza sauce:

In a large deep skillet, add your olive oil and bring up to medium heat.

Saute your white onion until it starts to get semi-translucent.

Now add your garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes (careful not to burn it – garlic gets very bitter).

At this point add all of the herbs except the basil and gently mix for about 30 seconds to a minute.

Now add the remaining ingredients starting with the tomatoes gently stiring them together.

Bring your sauce to a low simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes making sure not to burn the bottom as this will ruin the sauce!

Turn the heat off and cover allowing the flavors to merge together.

You can now use your sauce right away or freeze it for later. Frozen sauce keeps well for a long time if kept in sealed freezed bags.

If you plan on jarring your sauce for later use and wish to double the recipe you will need a larger sauce pan. Please make sure to follow safe canning procedures to avoid food poisoning!

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking and if you don’t like any heat at all, omit the hot peppers.

As you can see, making your own pizza sauce is inexpensive, fun and easy – not to mention very rewarding!

Bon Appetit!

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