Pizza Sauce

dish of pizza sauce with a brush


Pizza Sauce

As a teenager, I worked at a pizza restaurant, and absolutely loved their pizza sauce. I created a recipe that was as close as I good get. There are clone recipes online, but I think this one is better.

This is a very thick sauce, and we used to paint it on the pizza "skins" with a paintbrush. It is sweet and spicy, and should be used sparingly. I think it tastes better after being refrigerated for a day, but can be used right from the saucepan. This recipe should make enough sauce for two normal size pizzas.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp beer (can use wine)


  1. In a small saucepan, heat onion in oil until starts to tenderize.

  2. Add minced garlic clove, cook for another minute.

  3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle simmer, then reduce to low.

  4. Heat for an additional 20 minutes.

  5. (May use an immersion blender to smooth it out, or use as is.)

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