Simple Tomato Pizza Sauce Recipe

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This simple recipe allows you to create a basic, homemade sauce with pizzeria quality flavor in less than 30 minutes. For this recipe, we use canned tomatoes as this is the easiest way to get consistent results every time. Fresh tomatoes are great but finding truly ripe tomatoes year-round can be difficult. Also, the moisture content of fresh tomatoes can vary greatly, leaving some sauces made with fresh tomatoes thin regardless of how much you reduce it. Adding tomato paste is the only option to thicken the sauce and this will often cause the sauce to have an overcooked tomato flavor. We recommend using Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes for this recipe to achieve the best and most consistent flavor every time.

Ingredients

Yield: Approximately 15 ounces of sauce. Enough for one 10″ deep dish or 2-3 thin crust pizzas.

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Olive Oil 28 grams 2 tablespoons
Sweet or Vidalia Onion 125 g 1/2 onion
Tomatoes, canned, diced 28oz can
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Tomatoes, fresh roma, diced 30oz/840g 10 tomatoes
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Oregano 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh Black Pepper 1/4 teaspoon

 

Directions

  1. Add olive oil to medium-sized pan.
  2. Dice half of onion (either Sweet or Vidalia). Add to pan with a pinch of salt. Saute over medium-high heat, with constant agitation until lightly browned (see below).
  3. Drain excess liquid from canned tomatoes into separate container.
  4. Add tomatoes, salt, black pepper and oregano.
  5. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring every minute for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Puree cooled sauce with a stick mixer, food processor or blender. Leave just a little texture to the sauce if you like. Also don’t blend more than necessary as it breaks the seeds releasing a bitter flavor, just a few quick pulses.

Tip

If the sauce is a bit to thick use some of the extra tomato liquid saved from step 3 to thin the sauce. If the sauce is too thin then cook for a bit longer over medium heat to reduce.

 

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Drizzle olive oil in pan.

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Add diced sweet onions and a pinch of salt. Saute over medium-high heat until cooked with bits of browning.

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Sautéed sweet onions.

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Add tomatoes, salt, black pepper and oregano.

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Cook on medium-high heat, stirring every minute for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

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Puree with a stick mixer, food processor or blender. Leave just a little texture to the sauce.

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Your sauce is ready for applying to your pie. This recipe works great on any pizza using a tomato sauce; Chicago deep dish, New York style, neapolitan or a flat bread and can be made in less than 30 minutes for a quick and healthy homemade pizza sauce!

 


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  • Dayton L. Crouch

    This is similar to the one I make. I use a can (28oz), peeled whole roma tomatoes, as I’ve heard that diced tomatoes use a coating to keep them diced. I mash mine in the pan with a potato masher, and cook it on simmer for about 2 hours to reduce the volume of liquid. I start it when I start my dough, although This might change as I’m learning new ways to do the dough. (I’m a newbie pizza maker). I add about one teaspoon each of oregano and basil and sugar (just a kiss to sweeten it a bit). This makes enough for about 5 pizzas (12″ or so). I freeze the sauce in an ice cube tray and find 3-4 cubes enough for one pie.

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