Hello! My name is Heidi and I love my cooking quick and easy! You too? Awesome! Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce can be whipped up in no time flat! Even better? This sauce costs pennies to make with ingredients you already have! It’s thick and rich with just a hint of spice from red pepper flakes! You can make it a few days ahead of time or even freeze it so it’s ready when the craving for pizza hits!
What do I need to make Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce?
- a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- extra virgin olive oil
- onion powder
- a clove of garlic
- crushed red pepper flakes
- dried oregano
- fresh chopped basil, optional but lovely
- a pinch of baking soda
Yup, baking soda. I always add a pinch of baking soda to homemade pizza sauce or marinara. The baking soda helps neutralize the acid present in the sauce and takes away any bitterness that may occur. Be sure to add just a pinch or else the baking soda will cause your sauce to be salty!
This Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce can be made in ten minutes or less! If you start with a quality tomato sauce that has a thick consistency straight from the can you cut your cooking time down to five minutes! I use Costco Kirkland brand tomato sauce (Note: this is not a sponsored post. I’ve used Costco tomato sauce for years and I genuinely love it! If you shop at Costco and have hesitated to try it I am here to tell you it is thick, vibrant, and full of fresh tomato flavor!) If the sauce you have has a thin consistency, no worries! You’ll just need to simmer the pizza sauce for a little longer to cook off the excess moisture till the sauce thickens.
What can I use Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce on?
If you don’t have any dough on hand you can still make pizza! Try making pizza on:
- flour tortillas
- everything bagels ( a personal favorite!)
- toasted English muffins
- pita bread
- french bread boats made by cutting the loaf in half vertically and into desired lengths
- egg roll wrappers (it makes for a crunchy/chewy crust- delightful!)
Top your “pizza” with Quick & Easy Pizza sauce, cheese, and desired toppings and place in a 400-degree oven until hot, crispy and bubbly! Make a batch of Watermelon & Elderflower Sangria or Triple Berry & Ancho Chile Sangria and you’re set!
What else can I do with it?
- Dunk fried mozzarella sticks
- top grilled burgers
- use as a dip for grilled cheese sandwiches
- pop a straw in it!
- Spoon onto a mozzarella, basil and prosciutto omelet
- thin with some vegetable broth and heat for a quick and easy tomato soup. Top with some thinly sliced basil, and it’s bliss in a bowl!
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Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce is better than any store-bought jar! Made with ingredients you already have in your pantry and only costs pennies to make!
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove of garlic, minced
15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp onion powder
generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp dried oregano
pinch of baking soda
Pour the olive oil into a medium-size saucepan and place the minced garlic on top of the oil. Place the pan over medium heat. Let the oil and garlic heat up together. When the garlic becomes fragrant and starts to sizzle stir for one minute. I put the oil and garlic in a cold pan and let it heat together because I don’t like the flavor of browned garlic and I find this method prevents overcooking the garlic.
Add the tomato sauce and remaining ingredients into the garlic and oil. The baking soda will cause the sauce to bubble a little and that is totally normal. Bring the sauce to a simmer,uncovered, and stir for 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Use immediately, refrigerate or freeze. Refrigerated sauce keeps for 5 days. If freezing the sauce, use a freezer-safe jar.
if using a can of tomato sauce that is of a thin consistency you may need to simmer the sauce for a few additional minutes to thicken it.
If you have fresh basil, thinly slice a few leaves and toss them into the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
Not a fan of spicy food? No problem! Omit the crushed red pepper flakes.
Out of extra virgin olive oil? Use avocado or vegetable oil instead. Even butter works in this application since it’s not being cooked long enough to burn.
- Category: sauces
- Method: stirred
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: pizza sauce