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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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
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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