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How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
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How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce
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  • READY IN 55 mins

How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce

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"This is my new and improved version. And by 'new and improved,' I mean 'old and secret.' Here is my top-secret formula. The next time you're making homemade pizza, you might as well make some sauce too."

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  1. Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan; stir anchovy fillets into olive oil and cook, stirring often, until the fillets begin to sizzle, about 1 minute. Mix garlic into oil and cook just until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add fresh oregano and reduce heat to low; cook until oregano is wilted, 2 or 3 more minutes.
  2. Mix red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and tomatoes into olive oil mixture. Bring sauce to a simmer and season with salt, sugar, and black pepper. Turn heat to low; simmer sauce until thickened and oil rises to the top, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir baking soda into pizza sauce, mixing until thoroughly combined.
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  • PREP 20 mins
  • COOK 35 mins
  • READY IN 55 mins


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I think San Marzano tomatoes from Italy are the world's best sauce tomatoes, without a doubt.
  • The baking soda is supposed to mellow out the sauce a little bit, make it less acidic, and possibly prevent heartburn.

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Jan 17, 2014

I helped my 9-year-old make this sauce (exactly as written) for one of our pizzas. Her eyes widened as she tasted the result of her work. Mine did as well. Thanks for sharing this Chef.

Mar 07, 2014

Absolutely delicious! Well balanced. I made exactly as written with the TINY exception of using anchovy paste in a tube. I got lucky and found 2 cans of San Marzano (Cento) tomatoes in the dent bin last week and they were half off. Perfect way to use them!!

Mar 22, 2014

I made this recipe a second time exactly as written with San Marzano tomatoes this time. It was perfect using San Marzano tomatoes and didn't need the addition of wine as I had added the first time. I used 1-1/2 Tbsp of anchovy paste this time, my preference. This pizza sauce recipe is my mainstay from here on.

Apr 06, 2014

Once again Chef John another excellent recipe!! Very easy to make and the taste is the best. I agree you need to use the 2 oregano's that's where most of your flavor comes from. I will try to find San Marzano tomatoes next time though, my sauce was kind of watery even though it cooked for almost two hours. My boo-boo. I think everybody should try this you won't be disappointed. My hubby and kids want homemade pizzas every week now!! :)

Mar 22, 2014

Yep, this is the ONE. The two oreganos are key.


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  • Calories
  • 54 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 243 mg
  • 10%

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

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