I call this wonderful pizza sauce recipe ‘Fresh’ because it has a lighter, brighter flavor than pre-made, store-bought sauces or long-simmered sauces (which can be wonderful in their own right).
I say ‘Simply’ because it requires very few ingredients or preparation and takes about 7 minutes to make enough for about 3 large pizzas, depending on how thinly or thickly you spread it.
I’ll present a savory sautéed or simmered sauce soon. (How’s that for alliteration?)
Simply Fabulous Fresh Homemade Pizza Sauce:
The Short Version
1 – Mash up a 28 ounce /793 gram can of whole stewed roma tomatoes.
2 – Add salt to taste (@ 1 tablespoon)
3 – Grind in a few twists of black pepper
4 – Swirl in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
That’s the basic recipe. No cooking. You’re done in a few minutes. You’ll love it.
Fresh Pizza Sauce Elaboration, Explanation,
Illustration and Options
You want whole tomatoes because the tomato canners break the tomato seeds in the process of crushing or dicing or puréeing their tomatoes. And broken seeds release a bitter flavor.
Three Ways to Mash the Tomatoes.
1: You can push your tomatoes through a potato masher.
2: A food mill will do the trick.
3: Or you can roll up your sleeve, reach in, and do it by hand.
If you’re not squeamish, this is faster and easier than the potato masher. Beware of squeezing or mashing the romas too suddenly. They may squirt. For extra squirt security—or just not to witness the carnage—you can toss a dishtowel over the bowl at least for the initial slaughter.
You’ve just done the hardest part of making this fresh pizza sauce.
Really. Now just sprinkle in salt, perhaps a little black pepper, and a tablespoon of olive oil.
Fresh Pizza Sauce Options:
- Taste it, and decide if it needs a sprinkle of sugar to round it out. Do this a little at a time. With pizza sauce, too sweet is probably worse than not sweet enough.
(In a future post, I’ll show you how to have ‘fresh’ basil on hand all year and never waste another leaf.)
Your sauce is ready to make a great pizza!
Pizza Spoodle in Action
- I occasionally also sneak a little red wine into the sauce. Just a tablespoon or so.