Easy Pizza Sauce

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
10 min

Yield:
1 pint
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (4-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Directions

Mix together the tomato paste, water, and olive oil. Mix well. Add garlic, salt and pepper, to taste, oregano, basil, and rosemary. Mix well and let stand several hours to let flavors blend. No cooking necessary, just spread on dough.

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This recipe helped me to come up with a good and easy pizza sauce. I ended up using slightly more than a can (from tomato paste) of water, much less olive oil and the amount of other ingredients to my liking. Once tweaked, it's perfect to your own liking. Definitely needs to be updated as most people would follow a recipe as it is and they'll be disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can't believe this recipe is still up the way it's written. Then there's a warning that this hasn't been tested in the proportions given....well...then test it. Anyone would then find out the hard way that the proportions are wrong. I'm wondering if it's the amount of paste as many have mentioned. For that amount of water you need much more tomato something.....the misleading part is many people gave four stars even though proportions are off. I'd also add crushed red peppercorns to oil....MUCH LESS OIL....and add garlic cloves to oil...then, remove the cloves turn down heat add your tomato paste (MORE) a little water and whatever spices you like....unless you're tripling the tomato paste... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Your a pain to log in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After having read all the reviews saying that the water content was far too much, I reduced it a quarter of a pint. I kept the other ingredients the same, and the result was absolutely gorgeous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too much oil. Tastes Great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very easy and basic sauce recipe for anyone. I added only a cup of water to thin out the thickness of the tomato paste, I used all the ingredients but added as much as I wanted, I also added some italian premixed spices. Pizza came out excellent. Def a good start to a pizza sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Of all the dumb recipes on FN, this has to be the dumbest. 1 1/2 cups of water? Really? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Of all the dumb recipes on FN, this has to be the dumbest. 1 1/2 cups of water? Really? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not that much taste. Way too much water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yucky!! no taste, alot of oil, i ended up having to put two 6 oz cans of italian paste in, added garlic powder instead, sugar, used an italian seasoning and heated on stove for alittle bit...food network def. needs to take this off,lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was simple and tasty. I used a 6 oz can of paste and simmered it for a few minutes and didn't have a problem with it being too thin. They do need to alter this recipe. It does seem like too much water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe if you recognize the recipe errors. Change 1/3 cup of olive oil to 1/3 tbl spoon, and only 1 tomatoe can of water, not 1 1/2 cups, which would make tomatoe soup. I browned the garlic and slowly cooked the ingredients to meld flavors. 4 stars due to typing the recipe incorrectly on the website, unless I'm wrong. In that case, 1 star. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it adds flavour to the pizza item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wish I could give it zero stars... And wish I'd read the reviews. Watery, tasteless, oily and just plain poor recipe writing. Please remove this recipe Food Network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too bad I didn't read the reviews. Bad sauce. Watery and tasteless. A typo in the measurements. Threw it out. Will start again and follow other suggestions. Let you know. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Short and easy - perfect. Good idea to have the olive oil preventing the sauce and ingredients from penetrating the dough / crust. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe if you're looking for something with the consistency tomato soup. I used a 6oz can of paste with a little more than a cup of water and it was still ridiculously watery. If I could somehow force Cat Cora to buy me a pizza I would. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A fantastic, quick and easy pizza sauce. I have made it twice now and find that the water proportions are off. For a tweleve ounce can of paste I used about a can and a half of water. A little less oil as well to insure emulsification. You can always add more of anything to adjust to your taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good base. However, you will need to add to it to complete it. For instance, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder each. You also need to put it on a very low flame for at least a half hour (don't boilto get the tomato paste taste and the spices infuse into the paste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oily! Do NOT use that much oil if you make this sauce. This sauce ruined what would have otherwise been a great pizza. Why in the world would you put so much olive oil in a tomato sauce? The cheese on the pizza already adds the element of oil. This sauce is oil overload. 1/3rd a cup of oil is insane! It was barely even blendable. The sad thing is, had it not been for the overwhelming amount of oil, this sauce might have been a decent pizza sauce. Curse you, Cat Cora. Curse you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did like the herb mixture, but with all recipes when it comes to adding liquids play it by ear. I added 4oz of water to 4oz of paste as I do in any recipe that calls for paste 1 to 1 and then adjust as needed. If I would have followed the recipe as writen I would have had a spicy tomatoe juice, not a pizza sauce For this reason low star count. Mine came out great with adjustments to liquid adjustments, plus I did cook it a bit in my Micro to help meld flavors a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the measurements are questionable...which is fine, it's an easy pizza sauce, and people should really be thinking ingredients and what a pizza sauce is ( a thick tomatoey sauce ....i suppose the measurements would mis-lead a beginner and therefore should get a bad rating....but i LIKE it, the fresh rosemary, oregano, and basil sold this one on me, i can measure it myself....check out "jamie's america" pizza sauce, very similar, but uses diced or crushed tomatoes item not reviewed by moderator and published
After doubling the herbs and cooking the sauce for about 20 minutes to get the excess water out, I ended up with what that tasted like oil with a hint of sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect! This was absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The 1 1/2 cups water is obviously too much. I started with1/2 cup water and 6 oz tomato paste and consistency was perfect. The flavor is more intense than name brand canned sauces. Excellent cheap and easy recipe that can be adjusted to your own taste. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! I used 6 oz tomato paste and it worked out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe 1/2 cup water , play w/ the texture , i added more garlic!,put it on tandoori bread, MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM item not reviewed by moderator and published
Demand heirloom tomatoes and you may experience a laps of time while engulfed in flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was easy, fast and good. However, I think the 4 oz. can of tomato paste is a typo...I ended up putting a whole 14.5 oz. can in and it was perfect. With just the 4 oz. it was tomato water. Other than that, it was good, but it was a lot of sauce in the end! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tripled the recipe to make 3 pizzas, I was glad I had 3 -4oz cans of paste in the bowl when I added the 1 1/2 cups of water. It has to be a typo to add that much water. I found the consistency perfect when I added the olive oil. If I was making one pizza I think I would start with a third cup of water then add as desired. As far as taste I added the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper to taste, which meant more than the recipe called for. It was the perfect base for our favorite toppings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is in LOVE with this recipe!! He rather have this over a plate of spaghetti than traditional spaghetti sauce. Mix it with Italian sausage and he's in love! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is HORRIBLE. Unusable. DO NOT MAKE. WAY too much water, as others have stated. Plus, the oil amount is wrong as well; the oil just holds the herbs in a forcefield that never really combines with the other ingredient. BTW, the recipe states, "Mix well and let stand several hours to let flavors blend. No cooking necessary, just spread on dough." Yeah, on a 10 MINUTE RECIPE, as it's stated, the recipe says, "...let stand several hours...". ugh. totally misleading. And this is from Cat Cora? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry, but you get 1 star.....basil and rosemary add a strangely over powering taste when made to specs. Hereis the meager cooks recipe......half the paste, replace the water with hand crushed can whole tomatoes, cut back the spices to half actutally leave out the basil. Crushed red flakes salt and black pepper to taste...Coat your flatten dough with more olive oil...Now you gotta spici..spicy great sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Isn't Cat Cora an Iron Chef? Must have been a typo on the amount of water... which was obvious before I even started making this...I put in enough water for the right consistency and taste. Also too much basil, oregano and rosemary...I added slightly less on those. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why is it sooo runny?? Please alter water content or remove as before mentioned by others!! Wish I read this before adding all that water! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not too bad. It was our first attempt at making homemade from scratch pizza. This sauce tasted like "Cher Boyardee". needs a little tweaking to taste I guess. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I registered just to write this review. Hey Iron Chef, this recipe is an epic FAIL. If you made this sauce on that TV show you would have been thrown off the show. PACK UP YOUR KNIVES. Either fix the recipe or take it down. Way to ruin a pizza. Wish I could give you zero stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm giving this 4 stars based on the changes I made to the recipe. I haven't actually tried it the way the recipe is written, but from all the reviews I've read on here I wasn't about to try it that way. I used a 6 oz. can of tomato paste, 2/3 cup of water, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 tb. each fresh oregano and basil, 2 cloves chopped garlic, salt & pepper to taste, and omitted the rosemary. I let it sit out at room temperature for a few hours and it turned out great! The sauce was the perfect consistency and my husband and I thought it tasted great on our pizza. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like the taste. I used all dry ingredients, including the garlic. It came out tasty, but WAY TOO WATERY. I think this must be a typo and someone should fix it to 1/3 cup of water instead of 1 cup and 1/3 water. Anyway I made little home made pizzas on Francisco International sliced sourdough bread for my 3 year old and it didn't really matter to him that the sauce was watered down...i covered it with cheese and pepporonnis. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm SO GLAD I read the reviews before I made this sauce!! I only used about 1/4 c of olive oil and 1/3 c of water to make the perfect pizza sauce consistency, if I would have followed this recipe the sauce would have been way too runny! So if you do make this I suggest adding a little olive oil & water until it gets to the consistency you like. I also used a 6oz can of tomato paste so if you do use a 4 oz can you would need even less...I followed the rest of the recipe exact and the seasonings were perfect, it had a great taste! I will be making this sauce again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly, it was extremely watered down with the 1.5 cups of water. I would say it is unusable in its current state. Not recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like my sauce a little on the water-y side but I still found this recipe waaaaayyyyy to thin. Next time I'll use less H20 for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Taste really good and super easy to make, my 3yr old loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As Paula says, this was "stupid simple"! And my husband said it was the best pizza sauce ever. I made it early in the day & later brought to room temp then adjusted the seasonings. Not a big fan of garlic so just used a little garlic salt, cut back the water to about 1/3 cup, & added a little white wine. Used fresh rosemary & dried basil & oregano. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I may have ended up changing quite a bit from what is listed, but with the water controversy, I wanted to state what worked for me. I used a 6oz can of tomato paste b/c that's what I had in the pantry. I added water slowly since it seemed to be a concern. 3/4 of a cup gave me a terrific consistency. Some may consider it a tad on the thick side, in which case 1 cup would be perfect. 1/2 cup was not nearly enough. I used 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil- simply b/c that was what was left in my jar. I tasted before opening another and found it was perfect. With the water/paste ratio I used, I think more oil would be way too much. The olive oil flavor was already in full effect. I used 2 garlic cloves as suggested, but only dried oregano when it came to the herbs. I didn't have any fresh, and oregano is my favorite, so I stopped there. I also added some crushed red pepper flake and fennel to meet my personal tastes along with salt and pepper. It's sooo good! I can't wait to use it on the roasted veggie pizza I am making for game night! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe but used the 6 oz can of tomato paste instead of 4 oz. The sauce was thin and watery... I used it anyway... it made my pizza soggy. It was a big disappointment ... 1.5 c of water was way too much water. I'm finding out it pays to read the reviews before attempting these recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did they change this recipe? I made it once last year and it came out great, but I just tried it again, and it was soooooo thin and watery I had to throw it out. (And that was with a 6 oz. can of tomato paste, not the 4 oz. specified in the recipe!) I seem to recall it was maybe 1/2 cup of water, not 1-1/2 cups....? With the right consistency, this sauce is terrific. The rosemary really gives it a nice flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce was terrific. I used a 6 oz. can of tomato paste, and added a little garlic salt and a teaspoon of sugar. I also used dried herbs (about a tsp. each) since I didn't have the fresh. Tasted great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also added Italian spices, chili powder and Garam masala to this recipe to make it extra spicy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only use 2/3 cup of water and add a teaspoon of sugar. Great taste, the family loves it. Thanks Cat!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was really quick and easy to make. i can never finsih up a can of tomato paste, so i made this sauce to freeze. i unthawed it and used it on a camping trip with my hobo pie makers. delicious little pizzas. perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect basic pizza sauce. Like another reviewer, I pair it with Alton Brown's pizza dough. Such a perfect combination. You can tweak it if you like, but it really is just perfectly balance. Also, I use Muir Glen tomato paste - it has the very best flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a great basic recipe. It is good as is but could be tweaked a thousand different ways. I will definitely use this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The ease of making this sauce is unbeatable and, along with Alton Brown's pizza crust recipe, is a great addition to the kitchen. However, as others have mentioned, the amount of water to tomato paste is off. I reduce it to 3/4 cup of water and worked up from there to get to the consistance I was looking for. Great sauce, great taste. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recepie exact and after setting it was like rubber I had to throw the dough away couldnt use! also took alot of time to prepare item not reviewed by moderator and published
Full of flavor! The more it sits, the better it gets :) Thoroughly enjoyed it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like some of the other cooks on here I reduced the water & oil a bit and did add a dash of sugar. But other then that this is so simple and quick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took the suggestion and added less water (1/2 cup) and oil (didn't measure). It was quick and easy to make and the fresh seasonings were yummy. This is the first pizza sauce I've ever made, but I think I'll make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 8 oz. of tomato paste for a thicker consistency. Also added more garlic and spices and a few dashes of Frank's Red Hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pizza sauce tastes great... it's also a good recipe to get children involved to help you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce is so easy to make. It really is good, much better than store bought. It's fresh tasting. The only change I made was added about a teaspoon of sugar, just because I like a sweeter sauce. Thanks Cat item not reviewed by moderator and published
very flavorful traditional style pizza sauce item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought there may be too much water so I treaded slowly. (About 1 cup) I also used more dry goods and added a tablespoon of parmasean cheese. For readers in Michigan, you would recognize the flavor as Busciemis Pizza Sauce item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've used this a couple of times. It was good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
VERY easy to make and very good. I've added it to my permanent recipe file. item not reviewed by moderator and published
love this recipe, got a bunch of little pizza crusts and can make pizzas anytime, the kids make them themselfs. thank you Cat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made pizza the other night and this has to be the best and easiest sauce we have ever used. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce had a very nice flavor from the fresh herbs, and it was so simple to make. I made the sauce with one 1/2 cup of water rather than 1-1/2 half cups of water after reading several reviews of this recipe. This amount of water seemed just right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was EZ EZ and the tast was the best.. great to have your kids make item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very fresh tasting and easy idea, but found myself having to do damage control adjustments after adding only 1 &1/4 C. of liquid. More paste, more herbs, a pinch of raw sugar...It was Delicious though, when i finally obtained the right portion and consistency. (also i used a little Merlot wine in place of some of the water.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you want to make a pizza sauce that is FAST and EASY try this one. And try any topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just the right amount of spicyness. My only suggestions would be to use a little less oil as it was a little greasy. It also made quite a lot--enough for several pizzas!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce was quick, easy, and delicious but I needed 2 6oz cans tomato paste with the 1 1/2 c of water. I then added a bit more of the other dry ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is easy to make and it has a good flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce was, as the name suggests, easy. I followed the recipe exactly and was pleased. It is not as tangy as I usually like, but it is a good base sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make - I put it all in a blender to mix really well. Tastes like the real thing from a pizza parlor! And the best is that it is ready when you are to make pizza using english muffins, boboli's or dough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's obviously a typo, don't blame Cat Cora. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought same thing I started with her measurements and had to adjust. Did 12 oz also of paste and going to add spices to taste item not reviewed by moderator and published

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