I always had it in my mind that the best pizza sauce would have to be a labour of love. Something complicated and intricate with just the right nuances. Turns out I was wrong. After (what felt like) trying every type of pizza sauce under the sun, my favourite pizza sauce ended up being the easiest.
Every time I make pizza with this sauce my friends and family inevitable ask me what the secret ingredient is that makes the pizza so good. And, anytime I make a pizza with a different type of tomato based sauce we’re always just a little bit disappointed. The sauce is what makes the pizza. If the sauce is lacking the whole pizza will just not be as flavourful. But, if you’ve got a great sauce then the pizza will pretty much taste amazing no matter what toppings are on it.
This makes enough sauce for three large pizzas. I most often store the leftovers in the fridge, but if I feel like we won’t use it up in time, I divide it into 1/2 cup portions and freeze. The oil will congeal when the sauce is cold but once brought to room temperature it smooths right back out again with a quick stir.
My family’s favourite pizza is, and always will be, a simple ham and pineapple pizza. A great crust, a simple sauce, cheese, ham, and pineapple – all proof that simple, with just the right ingredients, is every bit as delicious as any complicated recipe.
- 1 (5.5 fl oz) can tomato paste
- ¾ cup warm water (1 can full)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1.5 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1.5 teaspoon dried basil
- 1.5 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon honey
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Scoop the tomato paste into a medium-sized bowl. Fill up the empty can with water (or use a ¾ cup measuring cup). Gradually stir water into tomato paste, a bit at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Use immediately. Store any leftovers in the fridge. Freeze in ½ cup portions for longer storage.