Easy Pizza Sauce (Italian no-cook recipe!) – The clever meal
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This easy pizza sauce is simplicity at its best: it’s light, full of bright flavor, and deliciously fresh. Added bonus? It’s an uncooked recipe, ready in a couple of minutes, and it’s perfect with any vegetarian pizza topping.
Oh, did I mention that this is actually the classic
Italian pizza sauce?
Yes, my friends, Italians don’t cook their pizza sauce. The best pizza places in Italy simply use high-quality canned tomatoes, salt, olive oil, and fresh basil. These ingredients are the only stars of the show! For an authentic Italian pizza sauce, you don’t need tomato paste, you don’t need sugar (sugar, really?), and you don’t need garlic powder or other condiments. Last but not least, it is not necessary to cook it: this will reduce and thicken the pizza sauce making its flavor too intense.
Instead, you want that fresh, bright tomato flavor with hints of basil and extra virgin olive oil in every bite. That’s what you want for your crispy and delicious homemade pizza.
The good news is that you can prepare this amazing, fresh and easy tomato sauce in zero time. And we love that, don’t we? : )
List of canned tomatoes ingredients
- (I usually use San Marzano D.O.P. or these cherry tomatoes. Be sure to use only good quality canned tomatoes
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fine salt
- Fresh basil and oregano
- Black pepper (optional)
(Note: this is a Quick Description with step-by-step photos, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page).
- Place the ingredients in a bowl or pitcher if you use a
- Crush the tomatoes with the back of a fork, or puree partially with a stick blender. You don’t want to make a soft puree or incorporate a lot of air. All you want to do is crack the tomatoes and basil, then mix the ingredients while maintaining a rough and thick texture.
- Taste, adjust the seasoning (sugar-free, I’ve warned you! :), and the easiest pizza sauce will be ready to use. That was quick, right?
Easy Pizza Sauce Ingredients
Tomatoes: Canned tomatoes are convenient and work totally well. San Marzano D.O.P are not cheap, but they are among the best canned tomatoes you can buy (see notes on the recipe card). Alternatively, be sure to opt for premium cherry tomatoes or whole peeled tomatoes. Avoid crushed tomatoes or inferior qualities. You want them to taste nice and sweet straight out of the can, and there’s no need to add extra tomato puree (here we go for fresh flavors!).
Extra virgin olive oil: Although regular olive oil
is fine for this recipe, why settle for less if you can use a good extra virgin olive oil? It’s the best, it’s a no-brainer.
Salt: You need some fine salt, of course. It is easy to taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Feel free to use some freshly ground black pepper.
Herbs: Fresh basil and dried oregano
are the only herbs for this pizza sauce recipe: basil adds freshness and oregano adds its hearty, aromatic flavor. You don’t need anything else.
Pizza sauce variations
Any variations? Only 1 clove of garlic small, chopped or pressed, but it is optional, use it only if desired. Other than that, nothing more. If you want to use tomato paste instead of fresh or canned tomatoes, or if you’re wondering if it’s okay to add sugar or other things, you practically can. However, that will be a different pizza sauce. It would be more like an American-style sauce, richer and sweeter than this simple Italian recipe.
Note: Premium canned tomatoes don’t need sugar to balance their acidity. They are a must, they can make or break your pizza sauce.
How long does this easy pizza sauce last? This
tomato pizza sauce
keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days. It is better to store it in a covered glass container. It is also freezeable.
Let’s talk about pizza recipes!
Big pizza fan? You and I will probably be best friends! Check out this collection of vegetarian pizza recipes, they are all delicious and full of vegetables. Below you will find some of our favorites:
- zucchini Pizza
- Pizza with gorgonzola
- Onion pizza
Artichoke pizza Vegetarian pizza Pizza with
If you make this amazing
Pizza this weekend, or if you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you! x
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