This Homemade Pizza Sauce is the perfect addition to your homemade pizza. Easy to make and packed with flavor — once you make this sauce, you’ll never resort to store bought again!
This sauce is nice and thick. It’s the same kind of sauce you put on top of a Chicago style pizza, but I love it so much I had to use it on regular pizzas too. But just because it’s called “pizza” sauce, doesn’t mean that’s all it can be used for. You can use this sauce for dipping breadsticks, topping chicken parm, and more!
Come to think of it, this recipe reminds me of my Homemade Meat Sauce, just without the meat! This is basically a vegetarian friendly sauce you can use in your favorite lasagna or as a spaghetti topping.
Olive Oil and Butter — this is the base of the sauce. The olive oil is used to cook the onions and spices in, and it’s the best type of oil you can have in the sauce. The butter just adds some extra flavor to the entire sauce.
Onion — for this recipe, we don’t slice or dice the onions, we grate them. Even tho it’s an extra pain in the eyes, it’s necessary to add a ton of moisture and flavor to the sauce. I used 1 small onion which yielded about 1/3 cup.
Garlic Cloves — a flavor powerhouse that does great things in this sauce!
Spices — oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper are all used to season the sauce. Although this is supposed to be the base of a pizza, I still wanted it to be full of flavor.
Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste — Make sure you choose the best-quality canned tomatoes for the most excellent flavor. When adding the tomatoes, I like to add a little bit of water to the can, swirl it around, and pour it into the sauce. I usually do this to clean the jars completely and get every last bit of tomato in the sauce. Even without the extra water the sauce will be watery, so to thicken it up we’re gonna add a can of tomato paste.
Parmesan Cheese — Yup, you heard right. Or read? Either way, we’re gonna add a few tablespoons of parmesan cheese to enrich and thicken the sauce! The flavor is very subtle, but it does wonderful things to the sauce.
Sugar — as with all tomato sauces, we add a tiny bit of sugar to give the sauce a little bit of sweetness and mask the acidity in the tomatoes.
- Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup grated onions (1 small onion)
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- Add the oil and butter to a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the grated onion, minced garlic, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, onion powder and red pepper flakes, for a little heat (optional). Toss around with a wooden spoon and cook until onions are softened and slightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful as the garlic can easily burn.
- When the onions are cooked, add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Add a little water to the jars, shake a bit and pour into the pot.
- Add parmesan, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir until everything is combined. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes to reduce the water and enhance the flavor. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings to your preference.
The sauce can be used right away for topping pizzas or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or frozen for a few months. To freeze the sauce, allow it to cool completely, then pour it into large re-sealable bags and place in the freezer. Transfer the sauce to the refrigerator to thaw out the night before you plan to make a pizza, then re-heat it on the stove top.This is enough sauce for about 2-3 large pizzas, or about 3-4 (12-inch) pizzas, depending on how much sauce you like on your pizza.