Saturday, May 9, 2009

Zesty Old School Style Pizza Sauce



Growing up my parents took us kids to an old style pizza house their friends owned. “Uncle” Loren had the best pizza in town to me. I would climb up a small brick staircase onto a platform and watch through a glass window as those skillful pizza guys made our pies. This is where my obsession with pizza was born and nurtured.

This zesty sauce recipe is as close as I can come to that beautiful thick sauce. It’s what I make when I want a nostalgic, American style pizza house pie.

Zesty Old School Style Pizza Sauce Printer Version
Makes enough sauce to cover three medium, or two large pizzas.

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (without sugar)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Place all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir together.

Makes 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce.

Notes: Because this recipe is so quick to prepare, I keep extra cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste around for spur of the moment pizza nights.

Recipe and photograph by Laura Flowers.



31 comments:

Mary said...

Great recipe, gorgeous photo. That red.....

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Mary.

ButterYum said...

Looks great... I tend to just throw my herbs in without measuring, and I've never added vinegar or paprika, so I'm looking forward to trying this.
:)

Coleen's Recipes said...

This is very similar to the pizza sauce I posted a while back. I just love your photo today...excellent!!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Cool. I'll go find yours Coleen!

Ginger said...

Laura YUM! I love all the spices in the sauce. I can't wait to try this. I didn't think that your photos could get any better but you proved me wrong with this photo. AMAZING!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Ginger. I am always happy to see your comments! :)

Chispa said...

Amazing photo. I rarely leave comments even though I frequent many many food blogs. I'm thinking of printing and framing that photo. And the recipe looks great too!

Marta said...

This looks great! I'm glad to see you make your own pizza sauce, which is paramount to a great pizza! When people take it out of a can, I swear, a little of my dies inside! Hahaha oh the drama!
Enjoy Mother's Day :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Your comment made my night Chispa! Thank-you!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Lol Marta! I hope you have a fantastic Mother's Day tomorrow.

Jamie said...

I have been looking for a pizza sauce recipe just like this for ever so long! I make pizza every Friday night and I think I'll try this sauce next week.

Nina's Recipes said...

Happy Mother's Day!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hopefully it's what you're looking for Jamie. I had been looking for one as well, and just ended up developing this through trial and error.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Nina! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Olga said...

I would not have thought of putting paprika in the sauce, but now that you've mentioned it, it makes perfect sense!

Tiffiny Felix said...

Thanks for this! I've wanted to make my own pizza sauce for a long time but couldn't find a recipe that looked like it would actually be good. This looks awesome!

Tiffiny Felix said...

So, I wanted to let you know I tried this sauce and it was *awesome*! Actually, my almost-13 year-old daughter mixed it up for me... I will go a little lighter on the garlic next time, but that's just my personal preference. I'm going to post a link from my blog so I can show everyone how great it is! Thanks!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Yay Tiffiny!

I'm so glad to hear that. You're the first person to get back to me on this one, and I was starting to think noone liked it lol.

Thanks a bunch,
Laura

Tiffiny Felix said...

Hi Laura, I wanted to tell you I've had a couple people try your pizza sauce (following the link from my blog) and they loved it! Happy day!

Veronica Miller said...

I finally got around to using this recipe today--we had veggie pizza with the Wolfgang Puck crust & fresh mozz--it was SO good! Thanks for sharing this recipe--it's nice to be able to whip up my own sauce instead of buying pre-made!

Veronica Miller said...

I just made another pizza with this sauce--it's so crazy-easy to throw together and so much cheaper than buying a jar (what I used to do). And I love the flavor! I will use this recipe over and over again.

Veronica M. said...

OK, I've made this so many times that I finally posted it on my own blog! thanks for the great recipe. Laura. http://reciperhapsody.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/zesty-pizza-sauce/

jess said...

I am just starting out cooking and learning to make things from scratch. I am loving it and having a total blast. My boyfriend and I LOVED your pizza sauce on our pizza. I used fresh oregano, basil and garlic instead of dried but it came out so great. Thank you!!! I will keep this one in my books for sure!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Jess thank-you so much for leaving a comment! I'm super excited you like this sauce. I use it almost every week and am grateful someone else is using it too now!

Laura

Dr. T. said...

I recently found this recipe, and it's fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Dr. T!

Laura

Ari said...

I made this sauce last week and it was insanely good. This is now my go-to pizza sauce recipe. I especially love it with fresh mozzarella, oh man. Can't wait to make it again!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Ari thank-you for leaving a comment! I'm really happy you love this sauce. :)

Laura

Ryan said...

Thank you for sharing! I found you through the Pioneer Woman (the purple pizza intrigued me).

Anonymous said...

I am on your site because I torn my recipe collection up looking for the pizza sauce recipe I printed from you forever ago. Lost it and was in a panic. I found your site again. Wow. Marking it this time...... I throw red pepper flakes in it.. I'm from Texas.

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