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If there’s one thing that intimidates me about making pizzas at home, it’s the homemade pizza sauce.
Yes, you can buy premade pizza sauce, but if we’re making the dough, we might as well finish the homemade job and feel good about ourselves for not eating extra preservatives while we’re enjoying our sinfully cheesy pizza.
I thought I was going to have to stand over the stove for hours, home grow some tomatoes out back…basically spend a lot of time in pursuit of pizza sauce from scratch.
Turns out, that is 100% not true and homemade pizza sauce with no added icky stuff takes about 10 minutes with basic ingredients and you really don’t even have to stand over the stove if you’ve got better things to go and do.
And nothing says party in my house like a pizza party, so let’s get started.
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The ingredients for this are pretty basic, starting with:
- chopped tomatoes in a can – if you don’t have chopped like these, plum tomatoes or another variation is fine
- extra virgin olive oil – for a smooth texture and some extra flavor (I prefer this brand)
- sugar – I love my pizza sauce just a little bit sweet
- italian seasoning – for flavor, can be premade italian seasoning like this or do your own mix of things like oregano and parsley
How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce
Pour the chopped tomatoes in a pot that gives you some extra room (not one that will only fit the amount of tomatoes you pour in). You are not on the heat at this point.
Use a masher or fork to mash up the tomatoes until it’s a smoother texture
Pour in the olive oil, sugar, and mixed herbs and stir.
Put the pot on medium to high heat until the sauce comes to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
The great thing about pizza sauce is that, to be honest, the only thing you absolutely must have is the can of chopped tomatoes.
Leave out the olive oil if you want your sauce to be thicker.
Leave out the sugar if you’re trying to save on sugar – your sauce will be a bit less sweet.
Leave out the herbs if you really don’t want extra flavoring.
You can also add ingredients depending on your taste buds, so if you prefer a saltier taste to sweet, add salt instead of sugar.
You can add in chopped vegetables for a heartier sauce. You can’t mess it up too much, so feel free to experiment.
Store this sauce in the fridge in an airtight container like these awesome glass ones for up to 5 days.
If you’re not going to use it in that time, it freezes well for up to 3 months.
- Pour the chopped tomatoes in a pot that gives you some extra room (not one that will only fit the amount of tomatoes you pour in). You are not on the heat at this point.
- Use a masher or fork to mash up the tomatoes until it's a smoother texture
- Pour in the olive oil, sugar, and mixed herbs and stir.
- Put the pot on medium to high heat until the sauce comes to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g