Many, MANY years ago, I came up with this quickie pizza sauce recipe back when I lived in a little town called, Laporte, Indiana, after being very much disappointed in (“total rip-off”) store-bought sauces. They were flavorless, and runny.
What kind of fun is that??
There are many elements to a pizza to make it a, “Great pizza!!” Or, a total flop that has people wondering if you just baked a frozen one. (That’s sure to go over well with company and make them feel “special”).
You must have a good crust, firstly. Something sturdy to hold up to whatever you put on it, without it ending up being too much, like a thick bread, and definitely includes lots of flavor, too! You’ll find my recipe for homemade pizza dough provides just that! Everything you hope for in a good pizza crust! Not too thick, not too thin, and lots of flavor! (Easy to work with, too!!) Just go easy with that last cup of flour and not add too much. 😉
Second on the list, working from the crust up, is a fantastic sauce! None of that thin, runny stuff, either!!
The first time that I made this, it was in the fall, and I didn’t have any garden tomatoes left to make my completely from scratch sauce. So, I simply started with what I thought would end up being a thick, rich sauce starting from conveniently canned products. And it really worked well!!!!!
A little TOO well, actually! We had had a friend stop by, so we asked him to join us for supper, since the first pizza was about to come out of the oven. He LOVED my pizza, and kept raving over, “That sauce! That sauce!”, so much, that he asked if he could “order” a few for his Saturday night poker parties for him and his buddies! Yep, not kidding! I did it once, but didn’t want to make it a habit. 😉 He lived all the way across town, and it was kind of a hassle, as I’m not a pizza delivery place! Ha!
But anyways, the sauce was a HUGE hit, and really made the pizza come alive!
Everyone seemed to seriously LOVE that it had small chunks and bits of tomato in it, rather than being just plain ol’ regular, thin and wimpy sauce. They also loved its richness and flavors as well!
And all from just a few herbs and spices from the pantry…..
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….and a can of stewed tomatoes (hand crushed), plus a can of seasoned tomato paste!!!
Yep!! That’s it!!
And you don’t even cook it first or anything! Just crush each tomato with your hands into a medium bowl, add the juice, stir in the spices, herbs and tomato paste – – and you’re there!!! 😀
AWESOMELY thick and chunky.
AWESOMELY rich and flavorful.
Just plain AWESOME TO THE MAX pizza sauce!!!
Yea. Totally, seriously awesome. 😉
Can you guess what decade it was that I started making this? Ha! 😉
And don’t be afraid to load that sauce on nicely, too! If you make a good crust, it will most certainly hold up to lots of it, so don’t believe it when you hear people say not to add hardly any. What’s the point then??
We LOVE tomatoes, tomato anything, really! So maybe it’s a midwest and southern thing. I dunno. But trust me on this!! If you want to make a truly outstanding homemade pizza, you’ve just come to the right place!!!! Hope you enjoy!!!
Click here for my Honey, Chardonnay, & Garlic Herb Pizza Dough with Parmesan & Asiago!
- 1 (14.5 oz) can Hunt's Stewed Tomatoes (with the juice), break up with your hands
- 1 (6 oz.) can Hunt's Basil, Garlic & Oregano Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp. ground 100% REAL parmesan cheese (or very finely grated from a wedge)
- ½ tsp. dried basil
- ½ tsp. dried oregano
- ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp. regular table salt
- ⅛ tsp. coarse ground black pepper
- 1/16 tsp. sugar
- In medium bowl, add stewed tomatoes with the juice. Break up tomatoes into small pieces just using your hands. Sauce will resemble salsa. *Size of tomato pieces are up to you. (*Sauce will be thick after you add the tomato paste).
- Add tomato paste on top in dollops, add rest of ingredients.
- Stir well until combined. Sauce should be thick, rich, and still full of small to medium-sized chunks of tomato.
- Cover and chill until spices blend, and sauce is needed to make your pizzas.
- This makes enough sauce for two, medium to large, pizzas. (We enjoy extra sauce, so it works perfectly for two medium-large pizzas for us).
**1 pound of Mozzarella & Provolone Blend Shredded Cheese by Sargento was used for each pizza. Toppings are completely up to you.