Good & Garlicky Homemade Pizza Sauce

Is Friday night pizza & a movie night for your family, like it is for ours? You might want to try our Good & Garlicky Homemade Pizza Sauce tonight! 

good & garlicky pizza sauce

When Jack is home from college, it's Jack and Mr. E against me on movie choices. I get outvoted a lot.  I've seen more alien and space movies than I care t count. Y'all. Don't get me started on Tron. 

After many cans of pizza sauce, it occurred to me that I could make my own (I'm slow sometimes), and it might even be better.  

To make Good & Garlicky Pizza Sauce, you'll need...

homemade pizza sauce ingredients

Good & Garlicky Pizza Sauce

olive oil
garlic, 2 large or 3 small, minced
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes 
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
pinch (or two) crushed red pepper flakes
1 glug red wine (yes, glug...or 2-3 TBSP)
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Alrighty...heat some olive oil over medium heat.

garlicky pizza sauce

Add the garlic, stir and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute.  You really don't want it browned, just softened a bit and flavoring the oil.

Next, add the tomatoes and stir.  Add the spices (I normally eyeball the amounts, so feel free to do the same.  If I were making it just for me, I would add more red pepper).

add wine to pizza sauce

While that's cooking, look for an open bottle of wine.  You have one, right?  Feel free to open one...or totally omit this's fine.  Add a glug of wine to the sauce.  Be sure to use a wine that you would drink. This is a good excuse to taste test.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until combined and thickened.  Add a few turns of freshly ground black pepper and about 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.  If the sauce starts bubbling, lower the heat.

That's it!  Slather on your pizza crust.  If you're near an HEB grocery, we love this frozen crust...

frozen pizza dough

...we also LOVE the pizza crusts from Trader Joe's! Find them in the refrigerated section. 

This recipe covers two pizzas.

good & garlicky homemade pizza sauce

 What are YOU watching for movie night?

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