Easy, But Delicious Pizza Sauce

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Crushed San Marzano tomatoes are the secret to this easy pizza sauce. Touted to be the only tomato for pizza napoletana, the San Marzano is a small plum tomato with firm red flesh, a tart taste and with fewer seeds than its larger cousin.  Authentic San Marzano tomatoes are grown in Campania within the site of Mount Vesuvius in fields rich with volcanic soil. Now you know a little about the San Marzano tomato, I will say that today is reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club and my pizza sauce recipe is adapted from  From Grandma Loy’s Kitchen, my blog assignment for the month of November. The sauce ingredients combined can be cooked or used freshly made. I like the freshly made version for the pizza I cooked here. Instead of using tomato sauce as Loy’s recipe suggested, I used crushed San Marzano tomatoes as I liked my sauce a little chunky. 

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My pizza was cooked in a wood-fired oven just recently installed in our backyard. After our trip to Italy this past July and enjoying foods cooked in wood-fired ovens, we decided that we could really enjoy this age old method for cooking not only pizza, but baking bread, grilling and roasting meats and cooking complete meals in the course of one day. 

Toppings for this pizza are simple-fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, then drizzled with a good olive oil before baking. The pizza dough recipe comes from Jaime Oliver. The wood-fired oven from Forno Bravo and was installed by Dalzell Design Landscaping.

Easy Pizza Sauce

1-28 ounce can San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients. If using fresh, let stand 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. For a cooked sauce, simmer gently in a saucepan for 10 minutes, stirring often. This sauce can be refrigerated for several days or frozen for later use.


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  1. Judee Algazi
    November 11, 2013 / 11:52 am

    LOVE your presentation in your photo and what a great sauce: a wonderful basic to have

  2. Rebekah
    November 11, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    That pizza looks and sounds amazing! I love homemade pizza sauce, too.

  3. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    Now, I am yearning for pizza.

  4. Colleen Bauer
    November 11, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    This looks so good and so simple. Great pick to bring into the rotation before the holidays!

  5. Kate
    November 11, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    What a great post! Homemade pizza sauce has got to be the most delicious…your pizza looks delicious, too! I appreciate the information about the tomatoes. Great SRC selection.

  6. Heather S
    November 11, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Simple but perfect recipe! Great choice for the SRC!

  7. Jeanie
    November 11, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    I had you this month and enjoyed it. Your pictures are just beautiful. I made the spicy sweet potato soup and it was great.

  8. Loy
    November 11, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    Hi Lynne, Just stopping by to thank you for trying the pizza sauce recipe. You adaptation looks delicious. I will have to give the recipe a try with fresh tomatoes, too. Have a great week.

  9. CJ Huang
    November 12, 2013 / 1:31 am

    Your pizza sauce certainly looks simple and tasty. 🙂

  10. LeAndra S
    November 12, 2013 / 2:42 am

    I love that you chose a simple, timeless recipe to share. There really is no reason to buy store bought pizza sauce when it's so easy to make your own.

  11. SeattleDee
    November 12, 2013 / 5:40 am

    I'm still swooning over the thought of a backyard pizza oven – but the pizza sauce sounds like a keeper too

  12. resy
    November 16, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    Cara Lynne, qui il commento in italiano è indispensabile!!! Sembra veramente perfetta, con il tuo nuovo forno poi la cottura è davvero eccezionale, complimenti carissima, questa nostra specialità ti è riuscita splendidamente! Ciaoooooo

  13. Lynne Daley
    November 16, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    thanks, Judee, Rebekah, bissbakesb and colleen for your very nice comments on the pizza sauce and pizza.Thanks, Kate and Heather. I'm pleased you like the pizza and the info on the tomatoes.Thanks Jeanie. I love the spicy sweet potato soup you made from my blog.Thanks for the recipe, Loy. It was a pleasure choosing one of your recipes.Thanks CJ and LeAndra, The sauce is very easy and much less expensive than store bought.SeattleDee, thanks, we love the oven!Thanks, Resy. We visited your country in July and were so impressed with the food cooked in the wood-fired ovens!

  14. Pam
    November 17, 2013 / 3:35 am

    A wood fired oven in your backyard. I am insanely jealous.

  15. resy
    November 17, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    You're right, the wood oven gives a special flavor to the food, especially the pizza!

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