Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce from EricasRecipes

“Clean eating” is the catch phrase of the day. If you haven’t heard of clean eating it’s the very correct notion of avoiding processed foods. Purchased pizza sauce is a processed food. Not as bad as, say, mac ‘n cheese from a box, certainly, but anything with “natural flavors” listed in the ingredient list could contain….anything.

Eating healthier was the impetus for me here in making up my own pizza sauce. But now that I’ve done it, from now on forever, flavor will be the motivator. It just tastes so much better! This sauce is thicker than a marinara but not as tomato pasty thick as purchased pizza sauce. And the flavor is light and fresh but with depth of flavor at the same time that doesn’t happen with purchased sauce. I credit the wine.

Homemade Pizza Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/4 c red wine
  4. 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  5. 2 T tomato paste
  6. 1/2 t kosher salt
  7. 1 t honey
  8. 1 1/2 t Italian seasoning
  9. 1/4 t crushed red pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute very briefly (~1 minute) until very lightly golden. Add the wine and cook another 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-low, add remaining ingredients, and simmer gently for an hour stirring occasionally to blend flavors and thicken the sauce.
  2. Taste and adjust for salt and sweetness, adding a little sugar if necessary if the sauce is too acidic. Use immediately or chill and keep up to a week. Or freeze for future use. Yields enough sauce for 3-4 large pizzas.
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Homemade Pizza Sauce from EricasRecipes

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  • libby2224

    Sounds delicious Erica!! Looking up your crust recipe next :)

    • http://ericasrecipes.wordpress.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Libby!

  • libby2224

    Looks delicious Erica. Looking up your crust recipe now :)

  • http://slendergrapefruit.wordpress.com SlenderGrapefruit

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve been eating clean for over a year, and I always make my own spaghetti sauce, so I’m glad I found a pizza sauce recipe too!

    • http://ericasrecipes.wordpress.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      Thank you! Hope you get a chance to try it!

  • http://n/a Gwen

    I don’t often have red wine in the house, is there anything I could use to substitute?

    • http://ericasrecipes.wordpress.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      You can use chicken stock or you can just omit that step all together :)

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  • lynda

    I just made this pizza sauce, I love it (as do my children) but I would like to add a little more ‘kick’ to it. I’m not exactly the adventurous type and really have no idea what to add more of to kick it up. I was thinking more garlic? I don’t know if adding more red pepper flakes would help or not either, any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :D

    • lynda

      I should note, I did not include the wine in this recipe……perhaps that is why??

      • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

        Hi Lynda! I’m so glad you tried this! Yes, if you excluded the wine, it probably didn’t have as much body so I can see why you would want to give it more of a “kick”. I add 2 large cloves of garlic already – and maybe my cloves are bigger than your cloves lol, but more garlic should work or more red pepper flakes. I would do it carefully to taste – little by little, especially since you have kids :)