The Best Pizza Sauce

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A few years ago I decided I was sick of getting sub par Italian food at some of the big generic chain restaurants. I would take left overs home and end up having to spice them up and literally took paper towels to pasta and pizza to soak up all that added oil and grease.  To this day if I do go out to eat Italian I ask for extra minced garlic on the side. I find myself thinking, and my husband saying, “you can make way better food at home.” And I think you can too!

Don’t get me wrong I cheat from time to time, scratch made does not always equal the best and it’s not fast. I’m still trying to perfect my fresh pasta making skills, but I do think simple and fresh ingredients can make some amazing sauces. This is one of my favorites and most simple recipes with only 6 ingredients. Yes it does take some time to cook down, but that’s it! You can even make it a couple of days in advance if you’re short on time. I will throw it together Sunday afternoon use it for pizza that night, then make another pasta and a pizza dish for 2 more dinners that week.

The Best Pizza Sauce

Beyond throwing all the ingredients into a pan to simmer, there is minimal work involved in peeling your fresh tomatoes. And I mean a very tiny amount of effort. Start with very ripe vine ripened tomatoes from your garden, farmer’s market, or local grocer. Then simply take the green stems off and then throw your whole tomatoes into a pot of boiling water. As soon as the peel begins to split, with a slotted spoon or spider, scoop out the tomato and place it in an ice water bath to cool (takes 2-5 minutes). Once your tomatoes are cool enough to touch (5-10 minutes), simply pick then up in one hand, and gently pull off the peel in the other. I then chop them in half or in quarters and throw them into my pan to make the sauce and discard the peels. Honestly this takes maybe 10 minutes with cooling time, and the peel comes right off.

If you really want to skip this step, you can use roma tomatoes and just leave the peel on, or you can used canned tomatoes. But I’m telling you fresh is the way to go.

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The Best Pizza Sauce
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Fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil create the perfect tomato sauce for pizza and pasta dishes.
Serves/Makes: 6

  • 20 Very Ripe Medium-Sized Tomatoes (baseball size)
  • 3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 3-4 Tbs. Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil

  1. First, prepare your tomatoes.
  2. Throw your halved, peeled tomatoes into a large skillet over medium heat and allow to rapid simmer for 20 minutes to reduce.
  3. Then add garlic and salt. Allow this to simmer for an hour or so until it has reduced by half, stirring occasionally.
  4. Then add your remaining ingredients of crushed red pepper, basil, and olive oil. Allow for the sauce to reduce until your desired consistency. I always let mine reduce to a pizza sauce thickness, so I let it reduce by half again, before it is done (about another 30 minutes).

If you let your sauce reduce too much for a pasta sauce, simply add some of the starchy pasta water back to the sauce to loosen it up. When you serve your meal consider topping it with some fresh basil, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper, and a dash of parmesan cheese. If you want your sauce to have more garlic flavor, add another clove or 2 of minced garlic in the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Ps… I’m finding it really hard to to take pictures of tomatoes, cooking tomatoes, tomato sauce..etc any suggestions for this novice photographer?

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  1. Yes!!! I’ve been looking for a easy recipe for pizza sause. I’m very excited to try this out now!!
    The picture looks deliciously delightful. Pizza Wensday here we come:)

    • Mmmm… I’m so craving pizza right now. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  2. Yummy! And so much better than canned! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon!

  3. Well you are cooking up good times, cause this sounds really good. Hmmm, pizza sounds so good right now. I make all my pasta sauces from scratch so this fits right in. Looks delish! My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration tonight with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing!

    • Thanks so much Cathy!!!

  4. Just pinned this. Thanks! I’ve had fun looking around your blog. I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ and share ‘Your Great Idea’ in the weekly link-up. Each week the two favorite links get shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and again on the blog…reaching over 13,000 readers, daily. I hope to see you there!

  5. Beautiful color!! The tomatoes are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

    • Thanks for hosting!

  6. I have to try this. We love making our own pizza! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

    • Thanks! Making your own pizza is the best. What kinds do you like to make?

  7. Sounds super tasty and I think your tomato photos look great!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Thanks Jill, and thanks for hosting!… Those were the only photos that turned out, white balancing and exposure is super tuff with these super red tomatoes. I’m having fun figuring it out though :)

  8. I don’t blame your Hubby, I would rather have your food than the restaurant also! This recipe looks so great. Thank you so much for sharing it on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

    • Thank you so much Michelle! Let me know if you try it out :)

  9. Made from scratch is almost always better. I Always liked to cook from scratch but I didn’t do pizza sauce. I would like to try this recipe and freeze some. Thank you.

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