The gourmet appreciates all five pizza sauce recipes on this page.
The traditionalist leans toward the Tomato-Herb (Marinara) Sauce.
But every busy person is glad to be let in on a little secret: A pizza sauce can be as simple as a little brushed-on olive oil or chili oil.
Even now your kitchen may be full of ready-made "gourmet" pizza sauces you don't need recipes for, like...
•Teriyaki Sauce •Dijon Mustard •Hoisin Sauce
•Taco Sauce •Ranch Dressing
You may have just never thought of them as pizza sauces before.
This creamy white pizza sauce has long been a favorite on pasta, but it's one of the best things to happen to pizza in a long time.
1/4 cup butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
Pinch of salt and pepper
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and
sauté for 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in the cheese, cream, salt and pepper
and heat through, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
This pizza sauce recipe is sweet, tangy and spicy. It's equally good on the grill.
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup catchup
1/3 cup chili sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced onions
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of hot sauce, or to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Bring all ingredients to boil in a medium saucepan. Lower heat
and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes about 1 1/2
This pizza sauce is haute cuisine, indeed. Once you try it, you'll be hooked!
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil or peanut oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 cloves minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well-blended. (If you prefer, bring ingredients to a low boil in a saucepan to mellow the ginger a bit.)
Just a little of this savory sauce goes a long way.
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients except olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and finely chop. Slowly add olive oil while running the processor on low speed.
Tomato Herb Sauce (Marinara Sauce)
The traditional pizza sauce, but never better.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until
tender. Add seasonings and continue cooking a few more minutes. Stir in
tomato sauce, and then tomato paste. Simmer on low heat for about 10
minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
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