OUR VERY FAVORITE HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE
This easy classic homemade pizza sauce simmers for a good long time to allow the tomatoes, garlic, and oregano to mingle and meld. Freeze the leftovers so you have pizza sauce at hand whenever you have a hankering for good homemade pizza.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about two or three large cloves)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano (if using fresh, add at the end of the cooking time)
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes (undrained) or 2 pounds diced fresh tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this makes for a lot of heat, which we love, but I recommend you start out with 1/4 teaspoon or even just a generous pinch if you’re unsure)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Black pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the olive oil.
- Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute. If you’re using dried oregano, add that along with the garlic. If you’re using fresh, add it to the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
- Increase the heat to medium. Add the tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.
- Leave over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Reduce heat to low for a nice simmer.
- Simmer uncovered for 90 minutes. Stir in fresh oregano, if using.
- Allow the sauce to cool to a safe temperature and then, using an immersion blender or working in batches with a blender.
- If using fresh oregano, stir that in after the hour and a half cooking time.