Friday, October 8, 2010

The Perfect Pizza Sauce

I won't lie, we eat pizza for dinner quite often. It is our go-to food when coming home from the airport late at night knowing we have nothing in the pantry to eat, which lately has been quite often. I do love pizza, I could eat like a college student all week long, so finding the perfect homemade pizza is kind of important. 


I have made homemade pizza dough and a butternut squash flatbread before, but this time I decided to step it up one more level and make my own pizza sauce. I can't believe I haven't made my own sauce before because this recipe was unbelievably easy and tasted amazing. 

I also made a different dough this time, which I was pretty nervous as my recent success with dough has been anything but a success. Thanks to Annie's tips and tricks this dough was easy and doubled in the right amount of time, thank goodness! Oh and the baking stone ab-so-lutely makes pizza crust better, so get one! This is definitely a weeknight meal especially because you can make everything ahead of time.


Perfect Pizza Sauce

1/4 cup and 2 tbsp tomato paste
1 and 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp red cooking wine
1/4 cup wine


In a small saucepan, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Place over low heat and cook until thoroughly heated. Adjust seasonings as needed. 


Thanks to Cooking for Seven for this recipe, which I edited just slightly. I'll tell you that I do like a thick sauce on my pizza, which is exactly what this is so if you tend towards the thinner side of sauce I would add a bit more water or wine. Don't even think about skipping that maple syrup, it gives the slightest sweet taste, evening out all those spices.

For my pizza toppings I did thinly sliced mozzarella, shredded parmesan, gorgonzola, and turkey sausage. First time I had gorgonzola on a pizza was in Croatia on our honeymoon and it was the best pizza I have ever had.


The rest of the honeymoon all I ate was more gorgonzola pizza, well that and warm chocolate melting cake

Happy Baking!

26 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for thick pizza sauce too!

    The maple syrup is an interesting addition...I'll have to give this one a tester

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  2. The combination of tomato paste, wine and maple syrup sounds really delicious. I think I'll try this.

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  3. wow, fantastic- looks really good

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  4. Lovely.. This post made me crave for a piece of Pizza now :)

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  5. I am a pizza fiend, too. Blogging keeps me from eating it as often as I'd like to....a blog devoted entirely to pizza just might be too much! Yours looks wonderful. I'd never have thought to use maple syrup....I'll have to give it a try.

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  6. Maple syrup? Sounds good though, pizza sounds so good for dinner, maybe this weekend! I'll have to give it a try. Really making me hungry!
    -Gina-

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  7. It looks delicious! Love that maple syrup twist1 Bet it's great!

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  8. Great job with the pizza Debbie! making your own sauce just adds to the flavor.....The best pizza I ever had was in Nice, a quatro formage...it had Roquefort on it....wow when I bit into it, it bit back.....I have never had one that was as good ....sigh
    thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  9. What a cool pizza sauce! I'd have never thought of adding maple syrup, but I can see how it'd be really yummy. Looks delicious--please tell me that you deliver! :D

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  10. i'm so saving this recipe because i love experimenting with pizza sauces too! thanks for posting this! :)

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  11. I love baking Pizza .. home made is always better.. I am super excited I bought my baking stone they are amazing for getting perfect Pizza!

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  12. Gorgeous pizza. This is something I just never make myself and I don't know why. I guess it's because when we think of it, it's a "I don't feel like cooking; what can we do instead" moment. However, this is definitely a keeper.

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  13. I like the addition of the maple syrup. I wouldn't have thought to do that! Homemade sauce is really easy, I'm not sure why more people don't do it! Great recipe!

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  14. I would never have thought to add red wine to pizza sauce. It sounds really good.

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  15. That does look like a gourmet pizza dinner! I like pizza from time to time..ok, I lied, I LOVE pizzas...but so afraid of getting wider and bigger! So I eat them with moderation.
    Love your pizza sauce with wine touch!

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  16. Yum! I can't believe you whip this up after coming home from working at the airport, I'm jealous of your energy but I'm sure it's so delicious that it's well worth the trouble to put it all together:)

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  17. The pizza looks great! I love pizza especially with seafood and garlic :).

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  18. Your pizza looks absolutely delicious! Your crust turned out great - mine never look as good - or as puffy. I'm intrigued by the sauce - never saw maple syrup in tomato sauce before.

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  19. Great looking pizza and the sauce has me very interested. I always make my own sauce and I use sugar to get a little sweetness but have never seen maple syrup used. However, it sounds intriguing and I will have to give it a try next time we are having pizza :o)

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  20. Just need a pizza to pour this lovely sauce over!

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  21. I like the idea of maple syrup -- will give it a go!

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  22. That IS a perfect looking pizza! Do you deliver???

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  23. That pizza looks too good to eat! I like the addition of maple syrup, I'm going to have to try that next time!

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  24. Pizza is our go-to food during busy weeks. I've never made my own sauce though. Your pizza and post is definitely inspirational...thanks!

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  25. That last picture is PERFECT! I drooled all over my keyboard;)

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