How to Make the World's Easiest Pizza Sauce

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tomatoes oil and salt in bowl to make pizza sauce

Tomatoes, olive oil, basil and salt. What more do you need? You can blend up this sauce right in a tall 1-quart container.

Course. Lunch. Dinner. Entree. Sauces and Condiments.

Cuisine. Italian. American.

Makes. 1 quart.

Takes. 5 minutes.

Ingredients

1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled plum tomatoes, such as La Valle, with liquid

3 tablespoons (44 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup (21 g) packed fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon (6 g) kosher salt

Method

1) Prep. Pour everything into a blender jar or deep 1-quart container. Use a blender (stick blender or countertop) to blend every­thing just until a bit chunky. Short pulses are best because overblending can make this sauce thin. Use immediately or refrigerate for 4 to 5 days. For a more uniform texture without the seeds, pass the tomatoes through a food mill. In that case, chop the basil.

Mastering Pizza book cover

This recipe has been adapted with permission from Mastering Pizza by Marc Vetri and David Joachim (Ten Speed Press, 2018).

Dave Joachim

AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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