Make your own pizza sauce at home with this recipe, Madness style, with plenty of tomatoes and garlic, jalapeno peppers, onion, red pepper flakes and a touch of sweetness.
PIZZA! Holy pepperoni, do we love pizza. We're from the Chicago area, so we have a pretty solid perspective on how our pizza should be, and whether we're serving up crispy thin crust pizza or Chicago-style deep dish pizza pies, one of the most KEY ingredients is in the pizza sauce. Don't get me wrong. EVERY aspect of the pizza is important, and it's hard to call out which elements might be more important than any of the others, but pizza lovers KNOW when one of the elements is off.
Prime takeaway here - Don't mess up the pizza sauce!
Truly, though, there are a number of ways to make pizza sauce. You can certainly go minimalist and use a simple sweetened tomato sauce, which, hey, works for some pizzas. We have a HUGE selection of pizza places near our home - we're majorly spoiled in that way - and some of them serve up simple sauces. One of my favorite homemade pizza sauces, though, is this version, which is fairly simple in its own right. I wouldn't call it complicted, no, not at all, but there are a few ingredients and it is best to let it simmer a bit to let the flavors develop and come together. Time is important in flavor mingling.
What makes this Madness style? Chili peppers, of course. We like ours with a bit of spice to it. Peppers add both spiciness and flavor. They are totally optional, or you can sub in tasty bell peppers in lieu of jalapeno peppers, though for me personally, I like the extra spice. I've also include red pepper flakes, though cayenne will certainly add some nice kick as well. If you're looking for even MORE heat, go with more jalapeno peppers, or upgrade to the spicy serrano, or perhaps the mighty habanero pepper. Ghost pepper, anyone? Yeah, man! Perhaps I need to do a Spicy Ghost Pepper Pizza Sauce Recipe. Wheels are turning.
Use this for any pizza recipes, whether we're talking simple flat bread pizza, homemade thin crust pizza, pizza bread, you name it. It's all good! I made this for an upcoming pizza grilled cheese recipe, so please check back for that recipe! SO GOOD!
I hope you enjoy it.
Homemade Pizza Sauce – Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional for if you want it nice and SPICY)
- 1 small white onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped – Or, use a couple pints fresh tomatoes!
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes or cayenne (optional, for extra spiciness!)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large pot. Add jalapeno peppers and onion and cook a couple minutes.
- Add dried basil and oregano and stir. Cook another couple minutes to soften.
- Add garlic and stir. Cook another minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Yum!
- Add chopped whole tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes or cayenne, sugar, and a bit of salt and pepper.
- Bring to a quick boil then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer about 30 minutes or so to thicken and develop the flavor.
- Adjust for salt and pepper. At this point, you can process the sauce with a stick blender or food processor for smoother sauce, or leave it more chunky.
- Serve on pizza dough or toasty bread for pizza!
Also, a bit of shredded Parmesan cheese makes a nice addition to this homemade pizza sauce. Give it a try!