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Simple Pizza Sauce by Baking The Goods

Simple Pizza Sauce

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This Simple Pizza Sauce uses basic, quality ingredients & comes together quick, a versatile red sauce that pairs with pizza, pasta, Stromboli & calzones.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (- very thinly sliced or minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (- optional)
  • 28 ounce can Crushed Bianco DiNapoli Tomatoes (or San Marzano Tomatoes if you can't find Bianco brand)
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh basil, oregano or both


  1. Warm olive oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once warm, add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, stir to infuse flavor.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium to medium-low heat.
  3. Simmer for 15-ish minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and the flavors begin to deepen. To thicken, simmer for up to 45 minutes.
  4. Serve on your favorite pizzas, pastas or alongside Strombolis, calzones or sandwiches for dipping. *Allow the sauce to cool before spreading on pizza dough.


*Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

*This recipe makes enough pizza sauce for at least 4 large pizzas. If you end up with extra sauce, it can be used for pasta, as a dipping sauce for garlic bread or calzones, Strombolis and sandwiches! I even use it as a base for tomato soup. The possibilities are endless.

*You can absolutely sub in dried herbs here. Just add a scant amount at a time and season to taste.