Homemade pizza sauce is a tomato and Italian herb-based sauce that is perfect for a pizza. You make this basic recipe with a few basic ingredients.
The sauce is just as important for a good pizza as the dough. No one wants bland, watery sauce on their pizza!
The biggest difference between pizza sauce and pasta sauce is the amount of water it contains.
Spaghetti sauce has a lot of water because you add diced tomatoes as the main ingredient.
But that doesn't mean you can only use this recipe for pizza! This recipe is also amazing for meatballs in tomato sauce or over a plate of pasta with some Parmesan cheese!
For me, the perfect sauce consists of just a few basic ingredients. Simple flavors make your toppings stand out much more, and that's what a pizza is all about, right?
You can use this sauce right away, but did you know that the flavor gets even better if you make it a day in advance?
For the best homemade pizza, you should really make some homemade pizza dough!
Tomatoes - I usually use strained or canned tomatoes when I make this recipe, but you can also substitute with 400 grams of diced fresh (peeled) tomatoes.
Herbs - herbs like thyme, oregano, and basil are perfect for this pizza sauce. You can also use Italian seasoning.
Sugar - tomatoes can sometimes be very sour. A little sugar can then help make the sauce a little milder.
Slowly caramelizing the onions makes them sweeter, and you will need to add less sugar than if you skip this step.
You can find the complete ingredient list and instructions on the recipe card below!
You make this sauce by gently simmering strained tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Italian herbs.
I always use dried herbs. These are just a little stronger in flavor and can withstand longer cooking.
How much sauce do you make with this recipe?
You make about two cups or 500 ml of sauce with this recipe. This is enough for 3-4 pizzas. If you need less, you can halve the recipe, or you can freeze the leftover pizza sauce.
Tip: divide the sauce into portions after it cools down before you freeze it! That way, you always have the perfect amount of sauce when you crave homemade pizza.
- I can't imagine this ever happening, but if you don't use up all your pizza sauce, you need to have a large glass jar to store the sauce.
- A large pan to make the sauce.
Refrigerator: you can keep this sauce in the fridge for about three days.
Freezer: it also freezes very well. Let the sauce cool completely before freezing it. This way, the sauce will keep for about three months.
Thaw: take the frozen sauce out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw slowly in the fridge. No need to reheat it before using the sauce.
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- 1 pack sieved tomatoes, 500 ml
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes *optional
- Finely chop
the onion and garlic cloves.
- Heat the
olive oil in a pan and fry the onions on low heat until soft and slightly
caramelized. This will take about 7-10 minutes.
- Add the garlic, spices, and sugar and fry briefly until the garlic is also soft.
- Add the strained tomatoes and simmer gently for a few minutes until the sauce is well
heated and all ingredients are mixed.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add a little sugar if necessary
The sugar is optional. Especially if you let the onions caramelize slowly, it is not
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g