Easy Marinara Sauce for Pizza | Sauce Pizza in Just 15 minutes

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When it comes to making a delicious pizza, the sauce is undoubtedly the foundation of flavor. A rich, tangy, and flavorful marinara sauce can elevate a simple homemade pizza to an extraordinary culinary experience.

Today, we will explore the secrets of creating the perfect homemade marinara sauce that will leave your taste buds craving for more. Say goodbye to store-bought pizza sauces and get ready to embark on a delightful pizza-making journey!

Now that you have this secret sauce recipe, your homemade pizzas are destined to be the talk of the town. Gather your favorite toppings, a good-quality pizza crust, and slather on this delightful pizza sauce to create a pizza experience that will leave your family and friends craving more! Enjoy!

This sauce can be use in pizza & pasta recipes. It will enhance the flavor of maxican & italian snacks. So, make this sauce pizza and enjoy the delectable snacks with your near & dear ones. Use this sauce in red sauce pasta and definitely you will make this recipe twice.

Instructions

  • Start by heating the 1 tablespoon sunflower oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow it to warm up for a minute or two, but be careful not to let it smoke.
  • Now add 7-8 garlic pods, 2 pieces ginger-1inch each, 1medium-sized onion(sliced) and 1 sliced tomato in to the pan.
  • Append 1/2 cup water.
  • Now cover the whole raw tadka with lid and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer the whole material to grinder jar. Grind it well until it turn to smooth puree.
  • Now again pour 2 tablespoons oil in pan and add the prepared puree in it.
  • Add 1 teaspoon sugar or as required.
  • Afterwards put salt as per taste.
  • Season the sauce with 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon oregano & 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes in it to give some spicy flavor. After some time simmer the flame and taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as per your preference. If it feels too tangy, add a pinch more sugar to balance the acidity. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Last but not the least cover it again with lid and cook for 5 minutes till it get fully boiled.
  • Once the sauce reaches your desired consistency and flavor, turn off the heat and let it cool down. During this cooling process, the sauce will continue to thicken.
  • Now your pizza sauce is ready to spread over the pizza. Use this sauce on your pizza top and enjoy the dish with your near & dear ones.

 

You can either store the pizza sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it for future use. However, if you can’t resist, spread this marvelous sauce on your homemade pizza right away!

Expert Tips

Quality Ingredients: The foundation of a great pizza sauce lies in using high-quality ingredients. Opt for canned San Marzano tomatoes, known for their sweet and rich flavor, or use fresh, ripe tomatoes when they are in season.

Tomato Preparation: If using canned tomatoes, crush them by hand or use a blender for a chunkier texture. For a smoother sauce, pass the crushed tomatoes through a sieve to remove any seeds or large pieces.

Balance the Flavors: Strive for a well-balanced sauce by combining sweet, tangy, and savory elements. The sweetness can come from a pinch of sugar or a splash of balsamic vinegar, while a hint of red wine can add depth.

Don’t Overcook: While simmering the sauce is essential to develop flavors, be cautious not to overcook it. Prolonged cooking can cause the sauce to become bitter and lose its fresh taste.

Fresh Herbs vs. Dried Herbs: Fresh herbs add a burst of flavor to your pizza sauce. If using dried herbs, remember that they are more concentrated, so use smaller quantities. A mix of both fresh and dried herbs can yield fantastic results.

Experiment with Herbs: Besides basil and oregano, try adding other herbs like thyme, rosemary, or marjoram to create unique flavor profiles.

Garlic Infusion: For a milder garlic flavor, lightly sauté the minced garlic in olive oil. If you prefer a stronger garlic taste, you can add it directly to the sauce without sautéing.

Red Pepper Flakes: Adding a pinch of red pepper flakes will give your sauce a gentle kick of heat, but adjust the quantity according to your spice preference.

Salt Wisely: Go easy on the salt, especially if you’re using canned tomatoes, as they often contain added salt. You can always add more salt later if needed.

Resting Period: After cooking the sauce, let it cool down before using it on the pizza. This resting period allows the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken slightly.

Make It Ahead: Prepare the sauce in larger batches and store it in the refrigerator or freezer. This way, you’ll always have a flavorful pizza sauce on hand whenever you’re in the mood for pizza.

Customize to Your Toppings: Consider adjusting the sauce’s seasoning based on the pizza toppings you plan to use. For instance, if you’re making a meat lover’s pizza, you might want a spicier and bolder sauce.

 

FAQs

Q. What is pizza sauce made of ?

A. Pizza sauce is typically made from crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and a combination of herbs and spices like oregano, basil, onion powder, and sometimes red pepper flakes. Sugar is often added to balance the acidity of the tomatoes and enhance the overall flavor.

 

Q. Can I use canned tomatoes for pizza sauce?

A. Yes, canned tomatoes are commonly used for pizza sauce. Many pizzerias and home cooks prefer using canned San Marzano tomatoes, as they have a rich flavor and ideal texture for sauce making. Crushed canned tomatoes are a great option, but you can also use whole canned tomatoes and crush them by hand.

 

Q. Can I use fresh tomatoes for pizza sauce?

A. While canned tomatoes are more commonly used for convenience and consistency, you can definitely use fresh tomatoes for pizza sauce. It’s essential to blanch and peel the fresh tomatoes before using them in the sauce to remove the skin and achieve a smoother texture.

 

Q. Should I cook the pizza sauce before using it on the pizza?

A. Yes, it’s recommended to cook the pizza sauce before spreading it on the pizza dough. Cooking the sauce allows the flavors to meld together and ensures that the sauce is not too watery, which could lead to a soggy crust.

 

Q. How long should I simmer the pizza sauce?

A. The ideal simmering time for pizza sauce is around 15 to 20 minutes. This duration allows the sauce to thicken slightly and lets the flavors infuse into the tomatoes.

 

Q. Can I store leftover pizza sauce?

A. Yes, you can store leftover pizza sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you have more sauce than you’ll use within a week, consider freezing it for later use. When freezing, divide the sauce into smaller portions for easy thawing and use.

 

Q. Can I customize the pizza sauce to my taste?

A. Absolutely! Pizza sauce is highly customizable. You can adjust the seasonings, add different herbs or spices, or even experiment with additional ingredients like roasted garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, or a splash of balsamic vinegar. Personalizing the sauce to your taste preferences is part of the fun of making homemade pizza.

 

Q. Is pizza sauce the same as marinara sauce?

A. While both pizza sauce and marinara sauce use similar ingredients like tomatoes and herbs, they are not the same. Pizza sauce is typically thicker and more concentrated, with bolder flavors, as it needs to stand out against the other toppings and cheese on the pizza. Marinara sauce, on the other hand, is a lighter sauce used in various Italian dishes.

 

Q. Can I make pizza sauce in advance?

A. Yes, you can make pizza sauce in advance and store it as mentioned earlier. Preparing the sauce ahead of time can save you time and effort when you’re ready to assemble your pizza.

 

Q. Is pizza sauce always red?

A. Pizza sauce is traditionally red due to the tomatoes used as the base. However, variations like white pizza sauce (made with ingredients like garlic, olive oil, and cheese) and pesto sauce are also used for unique and flavorful pizza creations.

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Marinara (Pizza) Sauce Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
Marinara sauce made with fresh ingredients which doubles the sauce's flavor. This sauce makes the pizza more & more tasty.
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian, World
Calories 83 kcal

Equipments

1 Sauce Pan
1 Mixer Grinder

Ingredients

For Puree

  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 7-8 Garlic pods
  • 2 pieces Ginger (1-inch each)
  • 1 medium-sized Onion (sliced)
  • 1 Tomato (sliced)
  • ½ cup Water

For Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar/as required
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Flakes

Instructions
 

  • Start by heating the 1 tablespoon sunflower oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow it to warm up for a minute or two, but be careful not to let it smoke.
    2. Now add 7-8 garlic pods, 2 pieces ginger-1inch each,1medium-sized onion(sliced) and 1 sliced tomato in to the pan.
    3. Append 1/2 cup water.
    4. Now cover the whole raw tadka with lid and cook it for 2-3minutes.
    5. Transfer the whole material to grinder jar. Grind it well until it turn to smooth puree.
    6. Now again pour 2 tablespoons oil in pan and add the prepared puree in it.
    7. Add 1 teaspoon sugar or as required.
    8. Afterwards put salt as per taste.
    9. Season the sauce with 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder.
    10. Add 1/2 teaspoon oregano & 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes in it to give some spicy flavor. After some time simmer the flame and taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as per your preference.
    11. Last but not the least cover it again with lid and cook for5 minutes till it get fully boiled.
    12. Once the sauce reaches your desired consistency and flavor, turn off the heat and let it cooldown. During this cooling process, the sauce will continue to thicken.
    Now your pizza sauce is ready

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Notes

  • You can adjust any spice as per your taste, increase or decrease the spices/herbs.
  • Make sure that this sure should not be more thick or thin. It should be in normal consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Marinara (Pizza) Sauce Recipe Card
Amount per Serving
Calories
83
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
226
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
189
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
178
IU
4
%
Vitamin B1
 
1
mg
67
%
Vitamin B2
 
1
mg
59
%
Vitamin B3
 
1
mg
5
%
Vitamin B6
 
1
mg
50
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Vitamin E
 
2
mg
13
%
Vitamin K
 
14
µg
13
%
Calcium
 
32
mg
3
%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
 
10
µg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Magnesium
 
13
mg
3
%
Phosphorus
 
21
mg
2
%
Zinc
 
1
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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