After trying several brands of store-bought sauce, I decided it was time to make my own. This sauce is great, and super easy to make, but you should refrigerate it overnight to allow the flavors to meld. I started with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. We all liked the sauce, but I will try it next time with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Refrigerate overnight before using. Makes enough for 4 large pizzas.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir the olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, red pepper, thyme, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, salt, and brown sugar together in a saucepan over low heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Refrigerate overnight before using.

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Nutrition Facts

40 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 4.1g 1% DV; fat 2.7g 4% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 257.4mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2011
Essanaye's Pizza Sauce Haiku: "Better than a jar. And not difficult to make. Still, needs something else." Sauce is never the thing on a pizza that makes my stomach sing; sauce is like crust lube to me - the equivalent of mayo or mustard to a sandwich. Still, I was making pizzas a couple nights ago and wanted to try a new sauce recipe out, so I gave this one a go, and followed it exactly, except halving it, which incidentally, just covered a single large pizza. I was perplexed at not first sauteeing the garlic (or, should I make it again, diced onions and bell peppers too) in olive oil first, rather than just dumping everything into a collective simmer. I also found it unusual to add all of those dried spices, along w/ Italian Seasoning, which, for the most part, is made up of said spices, but again, I followed the recipe to the letter. Gave it a lick after 30 min. and added (as the author suggested) a bit more brown sugar, along w/ some finely-chopped fresh rosemary. I left half my pizza plain cheese so I could get a taste for the sauce in its completed pizza glory, and the other half (*drool*), I piled w/ grilled chicken, spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions, and leftover hunks of "Pinwheel Meatloaf" (AR) and, well, for me, pizza's all about the toppings; however, this sauce WAS a nice change from store-bought sauce, and I'd make it again w/ my proposed modifications. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2011
crushed fennel seed is what would made this above the rest. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2011
Essanaye's Pizza Sauce Haiku: "Better than a jar. And not difficult to make. Still, needs something else." Sauce is never the thing on a pizza that makes my stomach sing; sauce is like crust lube to me - the equivalent of mayo or mustard to a sandwich. Still, I was making pizzas a couple nights ago and wanted to try a new sauce recipe out, so I gave this one a go, and followed it exactly, except halving it, which incidentally, just covered a single large pizza. I was perplexed at not first sauteeing the garlic (or, should I make it again, diced onions and bell peppers too) in olive oil first, rather than just dumping everything into a collective simmer. I also found it unusual to add all of those dried spices, along w/ Italian Seasoning, which, for the most part, is made up of said spices, but again, I followed the recipe to the letter. Gave it a lick after 30 min. and added (as the author suggested) a bit more brown sugar, along w/ some finely-chopped fresh rosemary. I left half my pizza plain cheese so I could get a taste for the sauce in its completed pizza glory, and the other half (*drool*), I piled w/ grilled chicken, spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions, and leftover hunks of "Pinwheel Meatloaf" (AR) and, well, for me, pizza's all about the toppings; however, this sauce WAS a nice change from store-bought sauce, and I'd make it again w/ my proposed modifications. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2011
I'm a pizza snob. Normally I go so far as to order my favorite brand of sauce from the Internet because the stores around here don't have it. I was fresh out of that sauce and decided to try making my own, using this recipe here. It was GREAT. My changes were to add a tsp of honey, 2 tsp crushed fennel seeds, and to saute the garlic (and a little bit of the crushed red pepper) in the oil for a minute or two before adding the rest of the ingredients. Thank you so much for this recipe because it will save me hundreds in shipping costs alone :) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2011
crushed fennel seed is what would made this above the rest. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
I cut this down to make enough sauce for 2 pizzas. I actually made this a few days ago and had it sitting in the fridge to meld the flavors. Paired this great sauce with the quick and easy pizza crust and the potato crust pizza both from this site. I'm going to be making a large batch of this and canning it. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2011
Wow! This was delicious. It is zesty and flavorful without overpowering the rest of the pizza. Plus it was very easy to make. This will be our stand-by pizza sauce recipe. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2011
finally! Even my husband liked it. The kids loved it. I actually had just used my last bit of tomato paste so I went to this recipe. So glad I did! I let the flavors marinate together for about a week so I had it ready to go when I got around to making the dough. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2011
This sauce was awesome! I might try using fresh herbs next time just to see how it turns out. But even with the dried herbs (and some of mine are kinda old) it was an awesome sauce! Definitely recommend! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
I made pizza for our church youth group for super bowl party. This sauce was really good. The only thing I changed was to add 2 teaspoons dried minced onion. Two important things. Make sure you allow the sauce to set overnight and don't use too much about 3/4 cup for a 12 inch pizza is enough. When 14 year old boys say thanks for the awesome pizza you know you have a great recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2012
Mmmm delicious! Tomatoey full of herby goodness. This had just a little heat with the pepper but it wasn't too spicy. This was a rich sauce and is great for a plain pasta when you want a simple spaghetti dish or breadstick sauce. It is very rich in flavor though so it can easily take over as a dominant flavor though so it won't just go with everything. Great though overall. I simmered this on the stovetop for about an hour and served it with toasted ravioli as a dipping sauce. Read More
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