Essanaye's Pizza Sauce Recipe -
Essanaye's Pizza Sauce Recipe
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Essanaye's Pizza Sauce

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    8 hrs 50 mins


  1. 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 10, 2011

crushed fennel seed is what would made this above the rest.


23 Ratings

Oct 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 :)

Apr 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.

Aug 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.

Feb 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.

Jun 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!

May 18, 2011

What I thought was a large can of tomato sauce in the pantry actually turned out to be crushed tomatoes, which is probably what this sauce needed -- some texture. And because my fresh herbs are growing so abundantly, I finished the sauce with chopped thyme, basil and oregano after letting the sauce cook with the recommended 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning. Using a sheer layer of sauce and whole basil leaves, I topped grilled dough for a light, very delicious late-night supper.


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  • Calories
  • 40 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.1 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.7 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 257 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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