Friday, March 3, 2023

Pizza Sauce -- Quick and Easy

Easy peasy pizza sauce

After years of using mediocre store-bought pizza sauce for my homemade pizza, I finally searched up and found an easy, delicious option for homemade sauce. I kind of like my pizza sauce to be a little thick, so I looked for a recipe that included tomato paste, and found this recipe pretty quickly on That recipe does not involve fresh garlic or any cooking, but I really wanted an intense garlic element, so I tweaked the recipe a bit.

Depending on how much red pepper flake you put in, you can make this pretty spicy. The half-teaspoon called for in my rendition below gives it just a small kick that I don't think will be too much for sensitive folks, but put in less if that's your preference.

I had the Orlondo's Pizza Spice on hand, and I realize now it's kind of a local thing. So, if you don't have that or anything like it, go to and check out the ingredients they have there for the original recipe of this sauce. I think you could also use "Italian spice" and augment with basil, parsley, and fennel seed, since that's what is listed on Orlondo's bottle (see pic below).

Overall, I consider this pizza sauce a win, and it's now my go-to sauce for homemade pizza night at my house. It's flavorful, just the right viscosity and spice. I keep the leftovers in my fridge and one batch covers about six 12-inch pizzas, which covers 2 different pizza nights at my house.

So, it's a winner in my book. Give it a try.

Pizza Sauce
  -- Adapted from

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pizza seasoning (I used Orlondo's Pizza Spice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, pizza seasoning, oregano, onion powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for about 30-45 seconds before adding the tomato paste. 
Stir in the tomato paste to incorporate, and then stir in the tomato sauce.
Turn heat to medium low and cook until bubbles start to pop through and sauce is very hot, but not boiling.
You can allow the sauce to sit & cool in the pan while you prep the other ingredients for pizza, or you can transfer it directly to a glass container (like a Mason jar), cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Use as you would any other pizza sauce.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups sauce

Orlondo's Pizza Spice Ingredients:
basil, parsley, fennel seed, Italian spices

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