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Traditional Tomato Pizza Sauce

By Robert Parsons May 2, 2023

There is nothing quite like freshly-made pizza, especially when you are preparing it at home and creating it just how you like it.

You will need:

  • – 1 can peeled whole San Marzano tomatoes in juice
  • – 1 tsp tomato puree
  • – 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • – 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • – 1 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
  • – Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • – Pinch ground black pepper


1. Fry off the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft and translucent

2. Combine the ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure the tomatoes are left slightly chunky

3. Simmer for around 30 minutes, until the flavours are completely diffused

4. The sauce is ready to be served immediately

If you prefer a completely smooth or tangier taste, the ingredients can be added to a food blender rather than combined in a bowl. Just drain the tomatoes first, so the sauce isn’t too watery. There is no need to simmer it after this – it can simply be served as is.

The San Marzano tomatoes are used to create a thicker sauce, but any canned version are good.

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Many people will make the base from scratch, using their favourite dough recipe, but then top it with a simple tomato pizza topping out of a jar. But if you’re conscious about what is in sauce, or are looking to cut out sugar/salt, then they aren’t ideal (not to mention not as tasty).

You may also find ordinary tomato-based sauces are unnecessarily sweet. Sugar is usually added to them to counteract the tanginess of the tomato but is really not needed.

It tastes so much better when you make an effort to prepare it yourself – trust us. It is fresh, tangy and takes minutes.

This recipe makes enough sauce for about 8 pizzas, but if this is too much, you can refrigerate for up to a week or freeze in a suitable container for three months and thaw overnight before using.