Confession: I eat pizza at least once a week. I have been known to eat it two nights in a row for dinner. And to get it cold from the refrigerator the next morning as soon as I wake up. I had buffalo mushroom naan pizza last night, and went out to Flying Saucer Pizza Company in Salem tonight.
In summary: I LOVE PIZZA.
And to me, what makes a pizza is its sauce. I prefer a pizza with red sauce (as opposed to a white pizza), and love when the sauce is rich and tomatoey, slightly sweet, and full of garlic and herb flavor. Lucky for me, I have the perfect recipe for this! And best of all, you only need is 15 minutes to make it.
Sure, you can buy pizza sauce at the store. But making it is so much better. Here’s why:
- It’s cheaper. This recipe makes enough sauce for 3-4 full size pizzas (freeze the rest of it!) and costs only about $3 to make the whole thing!
- It’s healthier. You control the ingredients going in, so there’s no risk of the addition of processed ingredients or preservatives.
- It’s yummier. Everything made from scratch is.
Usually, an excellent homemade tomato sauce (like this marinara recipe) simmers for a good, long while, which allows the flavors to develop more intensely. Slow cooking tomato sauce enhances the sweetness and makes it taste richer, while at the same time thickening the sauce due to reduction.
If you have time to make a slow cooked pizza sauce, be my guest! But sometimes, you just need things quick and easy. Here are three tricks to creating a deep depth of flavor and reaching the perfect thickness for your sauce when you only have 15 minutes.
- Add sugar. I added honey to my sauce, but you can use regular ol’ sugar if you want. This helps balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and enriches the flavor.
- Add tomato paste. The concentrated flavor of tomato paste goes a long way in this sauce, and it helps thicken the whole thing up to be the perfect consistency for a pizza (spreadable, but not too liquidy).
- Use good quality tomatoes. When using canned tomatoes, always go for the imported from Italy San Marzano kind. They are more naturally sweet than others. I always buy the Tuttorosso brand of crushed tomatoes (but you can buy whole tomatoes and mash them with a potato masher). They are a little more expensive, but worth it.
So, without further ado, here it is! The ultimate quick and easy homemade pizza sauce recipe.
Go forth and eat pizza.
Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 28- oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
- 1 teaspoon each of oregano basil, and thyme (or 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium high heat and saute the garlic for one minute.
- Add wine and simmer for 2 minutes, or until wine has reduced by half.
- Add remaining ingredients and heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.