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Pizza Sauce

This is the flavor basis of our Perfect Pizza.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 2 pizzas
Pizza Sauce

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1997


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can whole Italian peeled plum tomatoes (2 pounds)
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour olive oil into a large skillet, and place over medium heat. Using your hands, squeeze tomatoes to crush them. Add to the warm olive oil, along with the remaining ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, breaking up tomatoes with a wooden spoon, until the sauce is thick, 40 to 50 minutes.

  2. Pass sauce through a food mill, discard the seeds, and let cool.

Reviews (11)

  • xoAM 1 Feb, 2013

    Has anyone tried Nina Imported Italian Peeled Tomatoes? I ask because they carry this at Costco and I wouldn't need to make an extra trip!

  • xoAM 1 Feb, 2013

    Has anyone tried Nina Imported Italian Peeled Tomatoes? I ask because they carry these at Costco and I wouldn't need to make a separate trip!

  • maria2222 25 Feb, 2012

    wayyyyyyyy too much salt! id use about half of that next time....

  • DesignGirl510 8 Jun, 2011

    I forgot one thing in my review: I've never performed Step 2. Too simple & tasty to waste time with extra steps.

  • DesignGirl510 8 Jun, 2011

    This is a staple in my home. I have made it many times since first receiving the recipe in a 1997 Martha Stewart Magazine. This paired with the Pizza Dough recipe will impress anyone. I also make this sauce for pastas as it is simple, I always have the ingredients, and, most importantly, it is delicious.

  • Cap27 3 Mar, 2011

    Very much the same as my mother used to make.

  • goodthing101 29 Sep, 2010

    I find that using the "San Marzano" brand tomatoes works best.

  • JBabb 14 Sep, 2008

    Really great and easy. We skip the food mill step because we don't have one. It's a little chunkier, but still delicious!

  • winifredzb 6 Apr, 2008

    Use a 28 oz can of whole tomatoes -- they don't have to be plum.

  • vhata 6 Mar, 2008

    This could be a dumb question, but do the plum tomatoes come in a can, or do you actually purchase the tomatoes from the produce department and actually peel them? If so, how do you PEEL tomatoes?

  • winifredzb 31 Dec, 2007

    Excellent sauce -- we've been making this sauce for years.

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