Basic Pizza Sauce

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
about 3 cups, or enough for 2

Ingredients
  • 1 can (28-ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in juice
  • 1 small white or sweet onion, finely diced and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 to 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • Pinch sugar, optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, to saute
Directions

Empty the contents of the tomato can in a mixing bowl and coarsely crush the tomatoes with a fork or your hands, leaving them just a little chunky. In a heavy bottom 2-quart saucepot, add the olive oil, over a medium high flame and heat a little. Add the onions and saute until slightly translucent. Add the garlic and saute about a minute until golden. Quickly add the crushed tomatoes to the mix. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add the fresh basil and oregano. You can add a touch of sugar if desired or if tomatoes are tart. Simmer on a low flame, stirring often for at least 15 minutes. If not using right away, cool down and store in airtight container in the refrigerator, up to 1 week.


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I made this as written but found that it came out salty.  I added 3 T tomato paste... pureed the sauce with my stick blender, then cooked the sauce on low for 1-1/2 hours.  Very nice!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad, but more spices won't hurt. You definitely need to start of with really good canned tomatoes. The only canned tomatoes I ever use, are Centos San Marzano tomatoes. I thickened this sauce up with some Delallo brand hot pepper tomato paste in a tube. I couldn't resist adding a wee bit of sherry also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Authentic this is not. My dad and mom came from Italy in the 60's and opened 3 pizzerias in NYC. You never cook the pizza sauce, ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I started making my own pizza when a good pizza cost more than $20. This was my first try at sauce. Since it is a basic sauce it was a little bland which was alright because I like to add my own spices. Added a little more oregano, garlic and basil plus a little cayenne pepper and small can of tomato puree. My family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It tasted good, but it was waaaay too thin. I wouldn't make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, pizza sauce should be simple, like this. Let the toppings do the talking. It's not spaghetti sauce and should not be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this sauce. I do double the garlic, and am very generous with the salt and oregano. I also add chili flakes to give it a nice spice. I like the suggestion of adding a can of tomato paste to thicken it up- it is a little runny. I blend the sauce to make it a little less chunky. This is a great base sauce (as someone else said). Definitely feel free to add other ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and Easy! My family requested I blend it next time - they don't appreciate the chunks of tomatoes (which I love.) The only modification I added was a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat. Perfect sauce for a light, more authentic, Italian pizza sauce. (Not pasty and thick like canned sauces.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great basic sauce, but as other stated, it needs more flavor. The addition of some paste would thicken it a little...I'll try that next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I give this three stars because without modification the sauce is not tasty. The recipe is however a great stepping stone. You have to taste the sauce at all times you will find that it will likely need more spices. I used salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, and garlic. I was generous with the spices to taste. I also used a can of tomato paste to thicken to give the sauce more dept. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not tasty to me. Sorry. Nothing like good pizza sauce item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I do mine a little differently. It's less complex but still tastes great. http://goo.gl/O9r2EW item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad by any means. I strained excess juice out of the pot. I also found that until I mashed them, the tomatoes were too big. I ended up adding plenty of pepper and garlic. Good sauce overall! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! My changes were: used 3 - 4 cloves of garlic instead of just 1, and I also added half a small can of tomato paste to thicken it up. Peeled and put 7 or 8 fresh garden tomatoes in a food processor and used those too. Really good and quick to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My favorite pizza sauce recipe, I make it all the time. My family really likes it too. Simple and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good and so easy... Tasted much better then Jared pizza sauce... I do use my emulsion blender to make the sauce smooth.... This will be my go to pizza sauce! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. I added a little thyme too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today and it is delicious. I only used 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano because I don't like a strong oregano flavor, and it is excellent. I also passed the tomatoes through a food mill first. I can't wait to use this on my first ever homemade pizza tomorrow! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, much better than jarred sauce. I added sugar since I prefer that sweet flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Exactly the way my Italian mom used to make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Instead of juiced whole peeled tomatoes, I used tomato sauce; and rather than using fresh basil, I used fresh thyme; lastly, for those who can't have regular sugar, I used a packet of Splenda. This is a great recipe and much better for those who don't like Chef Boyardee or Prego.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty, but it was a little watery so next time I think I will strain it and keep cooking it down. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very good. After I added 2 tablespoons of sugar, and threw it in the blender for a few it was great! Can't wait until this evening to make pizza with the girls. They might not reach the sink to help with dishes yet but they like to cook more than most women I know! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty but not too overwhelming! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a real good basic sauce. the only thing is I didn't have fresh basil but fresh oregano so I switched! It still was delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will never buy pizza sauce ever again. This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make! My kids love it! If I can ever master the perfect pizza dough, I may never go out for pizza again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great basic sauce. We use on pizzas, pastas, even sandwiches. I also added tomato paste (3 tablespoons and use crushed tomatoes instead of crushing whole tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at homemade sauce. I didn't have whole tomatoes, so I used tomato puree. Accordingly, I added a can of paste to thicken it some. It was very good. Definately wil be adding to my recipe box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY! - Made this today for grilled pizza. Used tomatoes, basil and oregano from my garden and a nice sweet onion. Loved it so much I made some grilled pizza dough with italian seasoning, garlic salt, olive oil and parmesean cheese just so I could dip it! So easy to make I will never buy pizza sauce again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! Super tasty pizza sauce. For those who like a smooth sauce I recommend blending at the end. I vote on no sugar, a few extra basil leaves, and a little red pepper flake action. Otherwise it is perfect! I make this ~once a week and use it as a general sauce (pasta, pizza, whatever). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I added tomato paste to thicken it up a bit. It was definitely good 'ol pizza sauce! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It sounded good so I made it exactly as called for. After I had it prepared it just seemed like it needed something. So heres what I did. Did'nt have any onions left after the holidays but I did have some leeks left so I just used them. The sauce seemed a bit to chunky for my family so I blended the tomatoes along with the onion and garlic mixture. Then I added it back to saucepot and added about a tablespoon of brown sugar, a bit more oregano, a splash of onion powder, (Leeks a bit week compared to onions. 3 ounces of tomato paste and another pinch of finely ground pepper. Then I let it simmer for about an hour to condense. This is really an awesome sauce and still easy to prepare. Its our family go-to pizza sauce. You can't buy pizza sauce this good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, basic sauce. I added 1T Amore Tomato Paste (in a tube) to deepen the flavor. I also used a well-known brand of canned tomatoes and wished I had used a better quality...had to spend time picking out skin and green tomatoes. With a bit more oregano and the tomatoe paste and a bit more basil; it was perfect and the house smells wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad but could have done with some more spicing up and compexity. But then again, that's why they call it basic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the sauce in advance making it easier when it came time to make the pizza. The family loved it!! I had enough left over to use as a dip for deep fried ravioli. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best sauce ever! Not only can this sauce be used on pizzas, but it is great in spaghetti and italian sausage sandwiches. When I do use it as a pizza sauce I like to pair it with Paula Dean's recipe for Basic Pizza Dough. Those two recipes combined make the best pizza ever. No need to ever go out for pizza again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made some pizzas from scratch this evening using this recipe for the sauce. It was so good, and I'm surprised at how easy it was to make. I think I will use this recipe for every time I make pizza from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Classic, go to pizza sauce. To "kick it up a notch" add more garlic and pepper flakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
besides being easy to make, Its great too. When I eat pizza I will later take anti-acid pills. With this sauce I never get indigestion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is so easy to make and absolutely wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce comes out perfect every time, once in awhile I will play around with it and add a little red wine to it for a little extra kick. It is a great starting point and perfect all by itself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No need to try any different! It is simply the best!!!! Enjoy- I may have to review this on my site. www.wealthinhomebusiness.com item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made and compared several pizza sauce recipes and this is my favorite one. It is flavorful without being overly spicy. Just a warning, however: Be careful when you squish the tomatoes - they really explode! I recommend putting the bowl in the sink in order to contain the mess. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe. However, just for some sweetness, I added about a 1/4 cup of sugar. Def. a keeper. Very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My friends and I love this receipe, it is so easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe your parents don't but mine do! Why are you even looking up pizza sauce recipes? Joke! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mr. Rabor, bad day? Food is art. Cooking is by taste, preference. Ever growing, changing, fusioning :) Nobody here cares about you, you're mom, dad , where they came from or what they do. Who are you to tell anyone that something should be cooked or not. Where is there any claim that this is an authentic Rabor recipe? Title is basic pizza sauce. If it tastes good, great. If it doesn't, provide some suggestions. Otherwise...yes, why are you here? item not reviewed by moderator and published
What happens when the pizza goes in the oven? Does that not cook the sauce? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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