Most jarred pizza sauce is a disappointment. Too high in sugar, too high in sodium, and not enough flavor. You’ll never go back to that jar of pizza sauce once you see how quick and easy it is to make your own!
If you’ve got a can of tomato paste in your pantry and a few basic spices you can whip up crowd-pleasing pizza in a flash. This definitely tastes better with an overnight rest in the refrigerator, but it’s really good as soon as it’s made, too.
The fennel seed is an interesting touch, but don’t worry about leaving it out. If you already have it, though, give it a try and see how you like it!
Start with ¾ cup water and if you like it thinner add up to another ¼ cup. If you end up making it too thin, just transfer it to a saucepan and simmer it gently on low heat until it thickens back up where you want it. Depending on whether or not the tomato paste you’re using has salt added, you may need another ¼ tsp sea salt or even a bit more.
This is an uncooked sauce, but you could cook it for a few minutes. If you do this, it will help bring out the taste of the spices. Just warm it until steaming then remove from the heat. Let cool a bit before using.
With this recipe, a bag of shredded cheese, and a simple bread base like a French loaf or English muffins, you have all the makings for satisfying your weeknight pizza cravings!
Quick Weeknight Pizza Sauce
Makes 1 cup.
6 oz can tomato paste, preferably no salt added
¾-1 cup water
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp basil
¼ tsp sugar
½–¼ tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
pinch fennel seeds
pinch black pepper
Combine all ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl. Transfer to a non-reactive container. Use immediately, refrigerate for later, or freeze.