Recipe · Thoughts & Tips

Easy Pizza Sauce

I hope everyone has recovered from Super Bowl Sunday! Along with the snacks, I made two simple pizzas yesterday that were deeeeelish. Luckily there was so much food, I have a couple slices leftover for my lunch today. Score!

Today I’m going to share my recipe for pizza sauce. I made a fairly traditional margherita and a spicy arugula pie, so it’s actually two sauce recipes in one post. You can decide which to try… or, c’mon, make both. Two pizzas are always better than one.

Yields sauce for two 12″ pizzas

  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

To make it a spicy sauce you will need:

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Combine tomato paste, diced tomatoes, oregano, garlic, paprika and Italian seasoning in a bowl and stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Optional: if you prefer a smoother sauce rather than a rustic, chunky sauce, put the mixture into a blender or food processor and pulse until it’s the desired consistency.

That’s it! No need to heat this at all, it does all the cooking in the oven. At this point, I divided the sauce and spread half of it on my first dough. I topped it with fresh mozzarella slices and torn basil leaves. Next up, spicy arugula.

  1. Stir black pepper, cayenne and red pepper flakes into remaining sauce.

It couldn’t be easier. If you want the whole batch of sauce to be spicy, just add a little extra to the peppery ingredient amounts, mix it all in at the start and taste as you go.

My second pizza had the spicy sauce and I simply sprinkled on some grated Parmesan cheese. Both pies baked for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees, but make sure you follow instructions for whatever kind of dough you are using. I usually make my own from scratch, but I cheated and used the store bought kind this time. It was a busy day! Don’t judge me!

When they were done cooking, I put a little more fresh basil onto the margherita. This is perfect for fans of a plain pizza, but so much better than using shredded processed cheese. The spicy pizza was finished off with two handfuls of fresh baby arugula. At first, the tough guys thought this looked like a salad more than a pizza, but the heat from the sauce and the peppery greens take this a long way from boring. It’s a flavor bomb!

I asked my guests and my social media followers which team they were on, and I was actually shocked that the spicy arugula was the clear winner here! So try these two, or your own, pizza creations at home and have a vote. It’s a fun and easy for a party or even a weeknight family dinner that everyone will love.

{follow me on twitter & instagram: @thepickygourmet}

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