Basic Pizza Sauce

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Basic Pizza Sauce

A great, simple sauce recipe to have around when the mood for pizza strikes.

Yield: 1 1/3 cups

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min


1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Stir in wine; cook 30 seconds. Add tomato paste, oregano, pepper, and tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until thick.

2. Remove sauce from heat; stir in basil and vinegar. Cool.


*This sauce is a chunky tomato sauce. If you prefer a smoother pizza sauce, toss it in a food processor or blender with about 1 tablespoon water and blend until smooth.
*This sauce can be prepared ahead of time- up to one day. It freezes well too- up to one month.

Source: (Adapted from Cooking Light)

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  • Madonna wrote:

    Does it make a difference if I don’t use crushed tomatoes? Would canned diced tomatoes be okay?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think the diced tomatoes would make the sauce too chunky, but you could always follow the tip included and use the food processor to make it smooth!

  • Kristin Sollars wrote:

    Love this recipe, I didn’t have any white wine around so I skipped it, such a tasty sauce. So much better than the stuff you get at the store.

  • Margaret wrote:

    This looks good, and easy. Thanks.