Pizza Sauce

Sometimes I get home from work and just want to make a quick pizza. No handmade dough. No unusual toppings. Just a heat-and-eat store-bought crust, topped with a fantastic homemade sauce and a few easy ingredients, such as Italian sausage, mushrooms, olives, and cheese. And it comes out great, thanks mostly to the sauce. If you don’t have a great sauce, the rest of the pizza won’t be any good. No matter how great the toppings are.

Pizza SauceI double this pizza sauce recipe and freeze it. I separate it into batches, making it easy to defrost in the fridge in time to make a 15 minute dinner.

In a hurry? Make my pantry pizza sauce in no time at all!

Pizza Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed lightly ground
  • Red pepper flake to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt.
  • Add the onion and celery and saute until starting to soften.
  • Add the garlic and saute another minute.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Pour mixture into a blender.
  • Cover with a towel and hold down on the lid and puree the mixture until smooth.
  • Pour mixture back into the pot over medium heat.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and paste.
  • Add remaining ingredients, stir.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and let simmer 20-30 minutes.
  • If the sauce is too thick (keeping in mind that you do want a thick sauce) add water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired thickness.
  • Remove bay leaf before using.

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