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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

While most may not realise it, pizza sauce is one of the key ingredients to any great pizza. Often overlooked because of its seemingly simple flavour and straightforward preparation of ingredients, its importance should never be mistaken. Today, store-bought variants are aplenty, and it is understandable why many would be tempted to take the easy route, after all, the cheese is going to cover most of it anyway – right? Sure, but patience always pays off, and homemade pizza sauce allows you to be in total control of what flavours and add-ons you want to put in your sauce. Not only that, branded pizza sauces are rarely fresh, and flavours might feel muddled or even plain after having sat on store shelves for weeks or even months.

5 min 2 servings
Tomatoey Vegetable

ingredients

  • 1 can peeled tomatoes of high quality
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 small onion cut into wedges
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 pinch sugar

preparation

Combine all the ingredients for the tomato sauce using a handheld blender, season to taste with salt, pepper and a little sugar. That’s it, you’re done!

Tips & tricks

Pizza sauce is incredibly versatile and experimenting with herbs and spices is a great way of pepping things up once in a while. A dash of red pepper flakes, some chilli powder or perhaps some grated Parmigano Reggiano goes a long way and it is a really great approach to keeping things fresh. Adding ingredients like hard cheeses, anchovies or even butter helps with flavour, but they also keep your sauce from feeling runny. In our recipe, we added a splash of tomato purée, which helps to thicken and smoothen it, even if you leave out the extras. Pizza sauce is not just limited to ones with tomato as the main ingredient. Sure, it is a tried and trusted classic, but venturing out of your comfort zone makes way for a heap of new and exciting flavours and combinations to your pizza recipe. Below are a few of our favourite pizza sauces that leave out tomato sauce: Loved for its simplicity and savoury decadence, Pizza Bianca, also commonly known as white pizza, stems from the narrow streets of Rome. Sharing traits to those of classic Neapolitan pizzas, the main difference is the lack of any tomato sauce. In its stead, ingredients are kept simple, with fresh herbs, butter, cheeses and even potatoes taking its place. Simple, versatile and delicious, this roman classic has it all. Second up, our Mac and Cheese Pizza combines two of our favourite comfort foods into a single slice of feel-good cooking. Slightly spicy, wholly delicious, this experimental take on classic pizza proves to be a tasty success, and the two are practically made for each other! Maybe it is the dash of rich melted butter, or perhaps it is our Castello® Mature Cheddar that makes this recipe so easy to crave. Looking for a pizza with a twist? Our Beetroot Pizza with Pear, Danablu and Crispy Kale is the way to go! Topped with rich cheese and fresh greens, this unique pizza delivers a satisfying crunch from a homemade crust of sunflower seeds, Castello® Havarti and chopped beetroots. A delicious one-off in speciality pizzas, this is a must-try!