A Homemade Kitchen: Pizza Sauce

Tessa Arias A Homemade Kitchen series includes recipes that feature homemade versions of your favorite store-bought meals, snacks, treats, condiments and more. Homemade is better for your budget, body, and taste buds....
A Homemade Kitchen series includes recipes that feature homemade versions of your favorite store-bought meals, snacks, treats, condiments and more. Homemade is better for your budget, body, and taste buds.

Today’s post and recipe is short and sweet. Well, savory actually.

I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy pizza. What could be better than bread, sauce, cheese, and any toppings of your choosing? Well, except when that pizza is homemade. Then it’s about a thousand times better. There’s something charmingly rustic about homemade pizza. Not to mention it’s much more flavorful and impressive than whatever might show up at your door. Make this sauce and keep it in your fridge or freezer for the next time you want to make pizza (or even breadsticks).

Recipe Rundown
Taste: A balance of acidic, sweet, spicy, and warm flavors. Makes store-bought sauce taste like dirt!
Texture: Thick, smooth, rich.  
Ease: Really couldn’t be easier. Just throw the ingredients in one pot and let simmer.  
Pros: Full of complex flavor, amplifies any pizza, can be made throughout the year.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes! This will be my go-to sauce recipe. 

Pizza Sauce
From Life’s Ambrosia
Makes 1 cup

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

About Tessa...

Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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8 Responses to “A Homemade Kitchen: Pizza Sauce”

  1. #
    maris — July 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    So simple! Can't wait to try this

  2. #
    Nelly Rodriguez — July 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    love the addition of fennel seed in this!

  3. #
    JenSchall — July 21, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Love the simplicity of this pizza sauce. Perfect for some homemade pizza… I'm suddenly getting a late night craving!

  4. #
    Liv — August 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    No onion?

  5. #
    Marcy — March 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    This is a really delicious and simple sauce. I also love the addition of the fennel! SO good! Will be making it for the 2nd time tonight along with some homemade pizza crust 🙂

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