Tomato sauce in saucepan

Pizza sauce

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

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

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 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
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

Method

  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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annando36
5th Jul, 2020
5.05
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!
Z1
18th Jun, 2020
5.05
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.
tabelmabel
12th Jun, 2020
5.05
So easy and so delicious! Makes a good amount too. Definite hit in our house
ao43020
2nd Aug, 2020
Hi, do you have to let the sauce cool down before using it? Thanks!
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lulu_grimes
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
Ken346
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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lulu_grimes
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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