Thursday, May 16, 2024

Homemade Pizza Sauce

This quick and easy pizza sauce recipe from only takes five minutes to make, but you can always let it simmer for up to a couple of hours and the flavor just gets better and better.

Yield: 1 quart mason jar of sauce


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (substitute with more olive oil if you’re being healthier)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1¾ teaspoons onion powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1½ teaspoon fresh basil, chopped (¾ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped (½ teaspoon dried)
  • 2 8-ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 tablespoons of fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil and butter and heat until almost shimmering.
  2. Add garlic, stirring a few times around pot; quickly add onion powder, red pepper flakes, basil and oregano.
  3. Stir a few times and allow herbs to bloom.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese, and brown sugar and then quickly dump in tomato sauce, tomato paste and water.
  5. Stir to combine and bring to light boil.
  6. Turn down to low, season to taste and allow to simmer for 1 to 2 hours for ultimate flavor or use immediately if needed.

This sauce can be stored in a sealed mason jar for up to three weeks.

This story was inspired by our May/June 2019 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

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