This delicious, 4-ingredient, super easy pizza sauce is better than anything you can buy and takes less than 20 minutes to make!
I've been making this easy pizza sauce for as long as I can remember and just realized recently I've never shared it on the blog. It truly is super easy and will take less than 20 minutes to throw together. The sauce has that delicious authentic Italian flavor and I use it for all sorts of things in addition to pizza.
You probably have most everything you need to make this wonderful condiment. The recipe calls for olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and canned, fire-roasted tomatoes. Don't keep fire-roasted tomatoes stocked in your pantry? You're missing out on a wonderful flavor secret!
What are fire-roasted tomatoes?
Fire-roasted tomatoes (as the name implies) are fresh tomatoes that are roasted over an open fire before being canned. This roasting produces a bit of char which creates a lovely deep color. It also releases the natural sugars and mellows the resident acidity of the tomatoes. The best part? A wonderful hint of smoky flavor that adds a touch of magic to sauces, soups, etc.
Cook's Illustrated describes them like this, "Fresh tomatoes charred over an open fire possess a sweet, smoky depth that plain tomatoes can’t match". I also love this description from the Experience Life website: "The difference between a plain canned tomato and a roasted one is like the difference between flying coach and first class but without the price hike". Agreed!
Where do I buy fire-roasted tomatoes?
Canned, fire-roasted tomatoes can be found at most groceries stores in the same area other canned tomatoes as well as online. They don't cost any more than regular diced tomatoes. They're already diced and generally come in a few flavor varieties (garlic, green pepper and onion, green chilis, etc.) but I usually choose the plain option. I use them in soups, salsas, sauces and lots of other dishes.
Cook's Illustrated's favorite brand of fire-roasted tomatoes is Delallo however I find that Delallo is not commonly stocked in most grocery stores. I've tried lots of different brands and my first choice is the fire-roasted tomatoes from Aldi. They're priced very reasonably, have a delicious flavor and rich deep hue. They also come with a pop top lid (a bonus for slightly lazy people like me). I buy them by the case so my pantry is always well-stocked!
What can I use pizza sauce for besides pizza?
As I mentioned earlier, this easy pizza sauce has lots of other uses. Here are a few of them:
- As a quick sauce for pasta.
- To make meatball sandwiches. Just add homemade or storebought meatballs to this sauce and heat on the stovetop till warmed through. Slice open some nice crusty Italian bread and add the meatball sauce. Top with fresh mozzarella and pop under the broiler till melty.
- Chicken marinara - sauté chicken breasts in an oven proof pan, just until lightly browned. Cover with easy pizza sauce and slices of mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted then sprinkle with fresh basil.
- As a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks.
- Spaghetti sauce - brown some ground beef or Italian sausage and drain well. Add easy pizza sauce and serve over linguini or fettucini. Delish!
- Poach eggs in the sauce till cooked to desired consistency. Serve with Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread.
- Use it in an omelet with cheese, Italian sausage, bell peppers.
See why you need to whip up a batch of this easy pizza sauce. Once you try it, I think you too will be making it again and again!
Cafe Tips for making this Super Easy Pizza Sauce
- Although this sauce is easy and quick to make, I sometimes double the recipe and freeze this sauce in small portions, (½-¾ cup each). It makes it super easy to make a delicious pizza on those busy nights when every minute counts.
- This recipe will make more than you need for one pizza but it keeps well in the refrigerator or it can be frozen as mentioned above.
- Italian seasoning can be found at most grocery stores in the spice section. It's a delicious combination of oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage and marjoram. I'm a big fan of it so you'll find it used in lots of Café recipes.
- You can make this sauce as chunky or smooth as you like. See the instructions below in the recipe.
- Fresh basil is an optional ingredient in this sauce. It does add a wonderful layer of flavor but don't worry if you don't have it. The sauce will still be delicious!
- An easy dinner? Preheat oven to 400. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into a large sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add store-bought naans to the pan and cook on each side for about 30 seconds. Place naans on a sheet pan and top with this easy pizza sauce, cheese and the toppings of your choice. Bake for 8-12 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are golden. Serve with a simple green salad. Delizioso!
Can't wait to share our Cast Iron Pepperoni Pizza (below) recipe with you next week. Of course, it uses this easy pizza sauce - so if you make a batch, you'll be all set to go! There's an easy and crazy delicious crust recipe to go with it. Honestly, this pizza's been one of our favorite dishes of 2019!Super Easy Pizza SauceThis delicious, 4-ingredient, super easy pizza sauce is better than anything you can buy and takes less than 20 minutes to make!Prep Time: 5 minsCook Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 20 minsServings: 16 1 tablespoon servingsIngredients
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 14.5-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup finely shredded fresh basil optional
Heat olive oil in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and Italian seasoning and cook, stirring constantly for 20-30 seconds until fragrant.
Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a nice steady simmer and cook for 15 minutes until sauce is thick and chunky.
If you like a less chunky sauce, use a heat-resistant rubber spatula to press the softened chunks of tomato against the side of the pot during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
If you like a smooth pizza sauce, use an immersion blender or pulse with a regular blender a few times after sauce is finished cooking.
Stir in shredded basil (if using). The sauce is now ready to use. If storing, allow to cool and then store in an airtight container.
See Café Tips above for more detailed instructions and tips.
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