Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
- 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 to 2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1. Rinse four 1-cup plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
- 2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine tomato sauce and paste. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cool.
- 3. Fill all containers to within 1/2 in. of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers. Freeze up to 12 months. Thaw frozen sauce in refrigerator before serving. Yield: about 4 cups.
Editor's Note: Use the sauce with crust and toppings of your choice to make a pizza; 1-1/3 cups of sauce will cover a crust in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan.
1 each: 26 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.
Reviews for Homemade Pizza Sauce
"This is one of the best pizza sauces I've ever tasted! The creativity of this recipe inspired me to take that creative spark to another level. As I was spreading this sauce over my pizza dough, a thought occurred to me. Why stop here? What else can I use this sauce for? Well, I know what the reader is already thinking. "Use it for other Italian cuisine, right?" Wrong. I pondered how I could apply this amazing sauce in unorthodox ways and on things you normally don't associate with pizza sauce. My garage door squeaks when it opens and closes. Sure, I could use a can of lube I bought from Home Depot, or I could lather on some of this extra sauce. Sounds crazy right? Sometimes crazy IS right, and after a few spatulas of this sauce onto the hinges, I see my jealous neighbors glare at me when my mini-van approaches a silent garage door opening."
"...always loved the inclusion of a tiny taste of licorice as a slight background note to a pasta/pizza sauce. although I use anise seed instead of fennel seed, they both provide a terrific flavor-good job"
"I make this regularly. The first time I didn't have any fennel so I made it without and we didn't miss it so I never use it. I like it best with a little sausage in it or some Parmesan cheese in it. Very yummy!"
"This an excellent recipe, I love it with the Fennel. I also like that it didn't have sugar in it."
"Good! Will make again, added some basill (didnt have any fennel)"
"I absolutely love this recipe! I agree with some of the other reviewers, the fennel is what really makes the sauce great :) My only modifications are the use of fresh onion and garlic."
"Absolutely loved this pizza sauce!!!!! So easy to make and it taste amazing! Will never have pizza any other way now!!!!"
"This is a great sauce..I also added fresh basil from garden and a little sugar. I will make it again and freeze for winter."
"Haven't tried it yet, but I definitely will. I throw carrots in any tomato sauces I make, then take them out before serving/storing...they absorb the acid!"
"Great recipe. Very similar to the one I normally make. http://goo.gl/O9r2EW. I find it a bit quicker. Thanks for sharing.."
"I used fresh homemade sauce and fresh garlic. The fennel is a great addition."
"I enjoyed the flavor of the sauce, but it was a little too think for my tastes. Could have been because I let it sit on the stove for a little while after simmering before I added it on the pizza or maybe I put on too much sauce. I also substitued basil for the fennel because I didn't have any on hand. Next time, I might add a little bit of sugar as a previous comment suggested."
"Didn't have any fennel so made it without and it was wonderful. Will be using again for sure!"
"Kids liked the recipe. Will make again for pizza. I froze the extra for another pizza day."
"I have been trying pizza sauce recipes and found some I liked, but this one is perfect!"
"I finally found a pizza sauce that my whole family enjoys! Thank You!"
"I have used many store-bought sauce brands and prepared several sauces from numerous on-line recipes. My family says sauce is THE ONE. I followed the recipe precisely. I placed the fennel seeds on a cutting board and used my rolling pin to crush the seeds. After putting the ingredients in a saucepan, I used a hand-held immersion blender on its lowest speed to mix everything. It further pulverized the seeds. I made two (2) twelve-inch pizzas and spread the sauce medium thick. There was enough sauce remaining for another pizza so I froze the remainder. Family absolutely loved the pizza. So much better than those purchased from the chain restaurants."
"Very good! I only added about 1/8 t. of fennel as I had seeds and breaking them was not easy. I'm not a big fan of fennel anyway but realize it does add a nice background flavor. I also added extra onion and garlic powder and about 2T of sugar to take the sour off of the paste. I really like it and will look forward to using the extra I have in the freezer!"
"This was fantastic!"
"I've hardly ever made homemade pizza because I can't find a sauce we like. This one is a home run!"
"I am making this again tonight. This recipe made enough for four calzones + a pizza and there is still some leftover! I make it without the fennel, but with fresh garlic (as my husband and I are garlic-fiends), and I'll tell you - I had a really hard time finding a yummy pizza sauce but now that I've found this one, I won't use anything else!Definitely hooked, another great review. ANYONE LOOKING FOR A YUMMY PIZZA SAUCE - LOOK NO FURTHER!!!"
"Delicious! It's so easy and freezes so nicely. The first time I made it my kids asked me why my homemade pizza was so good this time, then they were licking the sauce pan. Didn't have fennel either time I've made this but added fresh garlic. YUM"
"I've made this twice now, though I still haven't gotten to the store for fennel seed, and it is fabulous anyway. I can get 4 pizzas from one recipe, so I freeze it in small containers. If you haven't made your dough with beer, try it, it is great with this sauce! Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation."
"WOW! This is the best pizza sauce I ever had. I left out the fennel and added some chopped garlic. I froze the leftover in individual containers as my husband wants to use it on his Philly steak sandwiches."
"I liked this recipe pretty good. I did not like so much fennel seed so the last time I made it, I only added a little. I will probably omit it next time since the other poster said it was still good without it."
"I have made this recipe multiple times, but I leave out the fennel seed. It always gets compliments."
"Great recipe. I always double it and put in individual freezer containers (enough to make 2 pizzas) so they are on hand (can thaw in microwave for last minute). we usually have make-your-own pizzas every friday night. :)"
"The sauce was fair but for garlic lovers NEEDs garlic!!!"
"This is a great recipe....I made sauce-stuffed crust pizza with this sauce, and it was great! My husband said that it smelled like a pizza place when he walked in the house and smelled the sauce. I will definitely make this again."
"This recipe is a keeper!"
"One of the best recipes I have found from Taste of Home over the years, and I've made a lot of them! One of our favorite dishes to make on a Friday night.~ Theresa"
"very good! my husband wont let me make homemade pizza without it anymore."
"quite tasty on pizza burgers. I added sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic"
"We love this sauce. Better than any sauce from a can, restaurant or other homemade recipes. Thanks a bunch!!!"