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Pizza Sauce

pizza sauce

I have a deep love for rich desserts of all kinds.  I love making them, and pretty much love eating them too.  But even though I could write poetry about caramel rolls and tiramisu, I’ll let you in on a secret: one of my favorite things to make is…(drum roll)…PIZZA.  Yep.  I pretty much love it.

Every kid loves pizza, and I was no exception.  Of course back then my love was kind of limited to Pizza Hut because that’s what was around.  Pizza Hut was better, however, than the pizza they gave us in school.  School pizza was a sad little rectangle with pepperoni (I think), plastic-like cheese, a pool of grease in the middle, and some kind of really sweet, ketchupy sauce.  Basically, pizza was made instantly unfun.  Poor pizza.  So I think I kind of made a solemn oath to never waste my time on bad pizza again.

Of course the best part of making your own pizza is getting to have it exactly the way you like it.  Ever notice when a group of people order pizza together you end up getting about four of them because nobody agrees about the toppings?  There’s always that one person who doesn’t like mushrooms or is staunchly against green peppers.  When ordering a pizza once, I heard a girl say “I don’t like vegetables.”  Really?  None?  Just try a green pepper. You’ll like it!  😀.   I’m always the “I’m fine with anything” person.  If I don’t like it, I’ll pick it off and then hide it ala Lorelai Gilmore with the tofurkey. Ahh, Gilmore Girls. 😉

pizza sauce

But when you make your own pizza you get to be as picky as you want, and that’s where we come to sauce.  Some people like theirs sweet.  Some like theirs tangy.  I personally like mine tangy and herby, with a good punch of garlic.  I’ve made all kinds of pizza sauce, from ones that take four minutes to ones that take almost four hours.  The four hour one reminded me of that part in The Princess Bride where he has some of his life taken away.

 This sauce takes thirty minutes and the flavor is wonderful.  It has been my go-to sauce for a long time now.  Even though it’s pizza sauce, I personally think it would taste great in a lasagna.  And it passes my crust test: so good you put a little in a bowl and dunk your crust in it.

This is originally a Tyler Florence recipe.  I think I got it from one of his books.  Honestly I’ve made it so often that I have it memorized, but I did find the original recipe on Food Network.  Hope you enjoy!

Happy pizza night!

pizza sauce

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Pizza Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 28 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat. When hot, add all of the ingredients, cover the pan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once at a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.

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  • annie@ciaochowbambina September 29, 2015, 8:48 am

    I’m with you…nothing like homemade pizza! And this sauce sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda September 29, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Thank you! It’s so much easier than the four hour kind. 🙂

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry September 29, 2015, 10:03 am

    I tend to go for sweet and tangy pizza sauces but hey it’s pizza, I don’t discriminate.

    • Amanda September 29, 2015, 1:56 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, when it comes to pizza, I usually never turn it down, especially if it’s deep dish. YUM!

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat September 29, 2015, 11:08 pm

    I love having classic go-to recipes like this! Plus I’m so picky about pizza sauce, this could be the perfect solution!

    • Amanda September 30, 2015, 9:40 am

      Thanks! Yep, I know all about being picky with pizza sauce. Haha. This is a great way to solve that. 🙂

  • Mir September 30, 2015, 4:51 am

    I miss Gilmore Girls. Though I never actually saw them technically take a real bite of anything on that show. You ever notice that? Once I realized they were acting, I got really sad about the idea of them not eating all that food.
    Pizza sauce is so important for the final result. Love yours!

    • Amanda September 30, 2015, 9:45 am

      I really did notice that about Gilmore Girls. There’s a scene where they have a huge bowl of cereal and only take one bite. It drives me crazy. Since then I’ve always noticed how people don’t eat in movies and tv shows. So far I’ve only caught people really eating in Tarantino and Orson Welles movies. 🙂

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen September 30, 2015, 7:16 am

    Indeed there is nothing like homemade pizza! And this sauce looks and sounds so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda September 30, 2015, 9:46 am

      Thanks so much! There’s just something fun about making your own pizza.

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes October 1, 2015, 1:14 pm

    Your pizza sauce looks absolutely perfect!

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