When it comes to Pizza and Pizza sauce, this one is the absolute Best! Made from scratch with a little secret ingredient. This pizza sauce recipe is all you’ll ever need. Its homemade goodness permeates our home which the most delicious delectable smell. Its like a whole new experience. Why buy the lower quality canned stuff, when you can make this easy Italian based recipe that will make any pizza into a mouthwatering masterpiece.
Our grandkids were visiting over Christmas and as some of you know, our grandson Dawson truly loves homemade pizza. Especially Nannies pizza so, We went to the grocery store and picked up some fresh ingredients. Salty bacon, creamy mozzarella cheese, spicy peppers, tomatoes every thing necessary to top our divine pizza crust made from scratch.
If you haven’t seen the video tutorial for the pizza crust you can watch Dawson and I make it below:
The full blog post including the pizza crust recipe can be found here:
Upon arriving home, Dawson made the crust and then we decided to get Makenzie in on the action. She loves homemade pizza too and kids are never too young to learn. Watch our little tutorial on how to make the best, easiest, thick, yummy, delectable Italian pizza sauce.
Recipe to follow.
Aren’t they the cutest! After the video ended and the sauce had thickened up a little I gave it a taste test and added 1/2 Tablespoon of brown sugar. This will vary from a pinch to half a tablespoon to a full tablespoon depending on your taste buds.
For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:
- 1- 28oz can of whole plum tomatoes
- 2-3 cloves of minced garlic or 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons of organic olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons of fresh or 1 Tablespoon of dried basil
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh or 1/2 tablespoon of dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. of dried chilli peppers
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon of fennel seeds (the secret ingredient)
- 1/4 tsp. of fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar ( depending on your taste buds)
How to make the best Italian pizza sauce:
Crush whole tomatoes with a fork on a large dinner plate reserving the juice as we will need that too. Once crushed place olive oil in a sauce pan along with the minced garlic and fennel seeds. Over medium heat warm just for a minute or two so that the garlic is very lightly toasted and the fennel seeds start releasing its wonderful aroma.
Fennel seed is our secret ingredient. I’m not sure if many of you enjoyed the Kraft boxed pizza mixes, they were quite popular in our home growing up. Well in that box was a little packet of spices. The spices have changed over the years and for the longest time I would hear people say ” its missing something but I’m not sure what.”
Well I’m pretty sure it was the fennel seed it has a mild licorice flavor and looks like this:
Once the fennel seed and garlic are lightly toasted, its time to put your crushed tomatoes in. Put them all in there including the juice. Add all other remaining ingredients except for the dark brown sugar.
Once the sauce begins to simmer reduce your heat to low and allow your sauce to simmer for a couple of hours until the sauce is reduced greatly and has thickened. Now its time to taste it. If desired, add brown sugar start small maybe a teaspoon at a time and gradually add more until you reach your desired taste.
Allow the pizza sauce to cool a little before topping your divine pizza crust. The link above following the first video truly is a divine pizza crust recipe. Hands down favorite!
This recipe makes enough sauce for 2 large pizzas or 2 large calzones.
Yummy! We sure are blessed with those grandkids. I hope you are able to give this recipe a try for you and your loved ones. We had a wonderful Christmas. I was super excited to hear I made the Telegram you can read the article here:
Here’s a video of my tree for my many friends who wanted to see it. I hope you have a wonderful prosperous 2022!
Before you leave here’s a link if you have trouble finding fennel seed. We usually purchase ours at the bulk barn.
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