Tomato sauce in saucepan

Pizza sauce

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 50 mins


makes 4-6 pizzas

Our rich tomato pizza sauce is achieved by cooking it over a low heat until thickened and glossy. It's easy to make and is perfect for pizza night

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal120
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.04g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



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  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 small bunch basil, finely chopped



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  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a low heat, then add the onion along with a generous pinch of salt. Fry gently for 12-15 mins or until the onion has softened and is turning translucent. Add the garlic and fry for a further min. Tip in the tomatoes and purée along with the bay, oregano and sugar. Bring to the boil and lower the heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 mins or until thickened and reduced. Season. For a really smooth sauce, blitz with a stick blender, otherwise leave as is. 

  2. Stir the basil into the sauce. The sauce will cover 4-6 large pizza bases. Keeps well in the fridge for 1 week or stored in a container in the freezer.

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5th Jul, 2020
First time making pizzas so I went all out and did my own pizza sauce as well. This made plenty to be able to freeze half and still have enough for 5 medium pizzas with still a small amount left over. Really tasty and very easy to make!
18th Jun, 2020
This is absolutely delicious, and the best tomato sauce I've ever had. It's full of flavour- add chilli powder and soy sauce to enhance the flavour. Makes the pizza delicious.
12th Jun, 2020
So easy and so delicious! Makes a good amount too. Definite hit in our house
2nd Aug, 2020
Hi, do you have to let the sauce cool down before using it? Thanks!
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5th Aug, 2020
Hi, It's better if it isn't very hot, but I have used it as soon as I've cooked it - be carefully though, it makes the dough very soft. Lulu
12th Jun, 2020
Re pizza sauce recipe from Esther Clark, can you please confirm quantity of dried oregano is 2 TABLESPOONS as this seems a lot. Many thanks. Ken
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19th Jun, 2020
Hi Ken, Yes that's the recipe, you only use a small amount on each pizza in the end - but if you are worried then add a smaller amount, you can always add more later. I'm not a huge oregano fan so I use half the amount. Lulu
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