Pizza is a favorite food for everyone, and while the toppings are important, the sauce is what makes a great pizza.
If you’re tired of buying pizza sauce from the store, which often has added sugar and preservatives, this guide is for you.
Making your own pizza sauce is easy and can add a lot to the taste of your pies.
Why Make Your Own Pizza Sauce?
- Control over ingredients: When you make your own sauce, you know exactly what’s in it. This means there are no extras or chemicals that aren’t needed.
- Freshness: Store-bought products can’t match the smell of fresh ones.
- Customizable: You can change the taste to your liking. Like it more spicy? Add more hot sauce. Want something sweeter? A little honey or sugar can do the trick.
- 1 can of whole tomatoes (28 ounces), especially San Marzano
- 2 spoonfuls of olive oil
- 2 to 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 milligram of dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, if you want a little heat.
- To taste, salt and pepper
- A little sugar or honey, if you want.
- (For an extra touch) fresh basil leaves.
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- Prep the Tomatoes: To prepare the tomatoes, empty the whole can into a bowl. Crush the tomatoes with your hands or a potato masher until they are the consistency you want. Some people like their sauce to be chunky, while others like it to be smoother.
- Sauté the Garlic: To sauté the garlic, heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and cook it for about a minute, or until it smells good but hasn’t turned brown.
- Add Tomatoes and Herbs: Pour the tomato pieces into the pot. Mix in the dried oregano, basil, and chili flakes, if you are using them.
- Simmer: Let the sauce come to a slow boil. Turn down the heat and let it cook for 20 to 30 minutes. This will make it possible for the flavors to blend nicely.
- Season: Add salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar or honey, if you like a hint of sweetness, near the end of the cooking time.
- Finish with Fresh Basil: Once the sauce is off the heat, tear up some fresh basil leaves and stir them into the sauce for a burst of freshness.
- Cool and Store: Let the sauce cool down before putting it in a jar with a tight lid. It can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, or it can be frozen for longer keeping.
The process of making your own pizza sauce is easy and fun. Not only do you get a fresh, tasty sauce that fits your tastes, but you also don’t have to buy store-bought sauces that are full of extra ingredients. So, the next time you’re getting ready for pizza night, take a few extra minutes to make this sauce.