Basic Pizza Sauce

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

about 3 cups, or enough for 2

  • 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

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 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.
    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.
    Not tasty to me. Sorry. Nothing like good pizza sauce
    Great recipe. I do mine a little differently. It's less complex but still tastes great.
    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!
    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!
    My favorite pizza sauce recipe, I make it all the time. My family really likes it too. Simple and delicious.
    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!
    Excellent. I added a little thyme too.
    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!
    Very good, much better than jarred sauce. I added sugar since I prefer that sweet flavor.
    Great recipe. Exactly the way my Italian mom used to make it.
    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....
    Very tasty, but it was a little watery so next time I think I will strain it and keep cooking it down.
    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!
    Very tasty but not too overwhelming!
    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!
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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).
    Delicious! I added tomato paste to thicken it up a bit. It was definitely good 'ol pizza sauce!
    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.
    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!
    Not bad but could have done with some more spicing up and compexity. But then again, that's why they call it basic.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    Classic, go to pizza sauce. To "kick it up a notch" add more garlic and pepper flakes.
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