Homemade Pizza Sauce

Some of us have been using extra time to dable with making homemade pizza for dinner.  I, admittely, am not one to spend much time making my dough scratch, but I did get lucky and purchase premade dough that I could proof and bake for our family one weekend.  It was so much fun, but I was thankful that I had an extra jar of sauce in the pantry because our store was all out.  If you are one that want to attempt to make the entire pizza on your own or if you simply can’t find the sauce on the shelf, this is a recipe you are going to want to save!  It might take a little bit more time than opening up a jar, but it’s way more fun to have made your own!  It stores great in the freezer, so make up a double batch if you want!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • Difficulty: easy
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2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, very finely diced, about 1 cup

3 garlic cloves, fresh, minced or grated

4 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup dry red wine

28 ounces crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you like a spicier sauce)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon crakced black pepper

1 teaspoon sugar


In a large saute pan, sweat the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until transclucent, about 5-10 minutes.  Add garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute more.  Stir in tomato paste and cook until it has turned a nice terracotta shade of dark orange.  Whisk in 1 cup of red wine, scraping any bits off of the bottom of the pan.  Cook until mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes.  Add tomatoes and the remaining seasonings.  Whisk together and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low and let cook for an additional 30 minutes.  Let cool.  If desired, you can use a hand blender to blend until smooth.

Makes 3 1/2 cups

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