Pizza Sauce

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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 Sauce

I 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
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Pizza 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.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pizza, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 114kcal
Author Mike



  • 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.


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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