Friday nights at our house are Pizza and Movie Night. And this past Friday, when I got ready to assemble the pizzas, I realized I had no pizza sauce. Whoops. I will do almost anything to avoid a last-minute trip to the grocery store, so I immediately thought, ‘You know what? I’ve got this. I can make pizza sauce.’ So I busted out a can of diced tomatoes and put them in my little food processor.

Important Note: Be sure to drain your tomatoes before pureeing them. I did not, which made transforming the tomatoes into sauce much more difficult than it needed to be.

Then I started thinking about traditional Italian spices and what made sense to add. So I added 1/4 teaspoon of salt, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil, and oregano. I live in fear of overdoing it with spices. So I pureed that all together, tasted it, and of course, I had underdone it with the spices.

I added an additional 1/4 teaspoon of all those spices.

homemade pizza sauce

The second taste test was delicious but the texture was still too watery (why didn’t I think to drain the tomatoes??). And for some reason I do not keep tomato paste stocked in my pantry. So I ran over to the neighbor’s yard where they were putting up Christmas lights and begged for a can of tomato paste. Another neighbor was there and both of them had tomato paste a’plenty.

I added about 1/2 cup of tomato paste and called it good. The sauce was thick and while it could have been thicker, I risked having the tomato flavor completely overtake the spices. The sauce went on to the crust beautifully and tasted delicious! My kids didn’t even notice a difference which was the true test for me. Success!

homemade pizza sauce

While I often make my own pizza dough or pick up the yummy dough from Trader Joe’s, this time since I was sick, I decided to treat myself to a Central Market crust 2-pack! Easy and affordable and did I mention easy?

central market pizza crust

What would I do differently next time? Drain the tomatoes and add fresh garlic! Otherwise, I’m very pleased with this sauce and will certainly make it again. But first, I need to go buy some tomato paste.

pizza sauce recipe

2 Replies to “Last-Minute Pizza Sauce”

  1. I need to learn from your spices comment, I’m just the opposite, I always think more is bound to be better. It’s a much harder problem to fix! Your recipe is a keeper, things I always have on hand!

    1. Yes! I learned the hard way 😉 And I hope it’s useful when you need a quick in-the-moment sauce! And if you don’t have any tomato paste, the sauce could be simmered for probably about 15-20 minutes to reduce it and thicken it that way.

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