Favorite Homemade Sauce Recipe

Every cook needs a classic pizza sauce recipe in their repertoire.

Favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce (Source)


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 or 3 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 lbs diced fresh tomatoes

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (this adds a lot of heat, start with ¼ teaspoon or a pinch if you’re unsure)

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Black pepper to taste

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the olive oil.
  2. Add garlic, 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.
  3. Increase the heat to medium. Add the tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.
  4. Leave over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Reduce heat to low for a nice simmer.
  5. Simmer uncovered for 90 minutes.
  6. Stir in fresh oregano, if using.
  7. Allow the sauce to cool to a safe temperature then in batches, run through a blender.  


Posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM