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Homemade Easy 15 Minute Passata Pizza Sauce Recipe

An easy-peasy pizza sauce that has no lumps. Perfect for those who are fussy with textures. My Passata pizza sauce is freezer-friendly and ready in under 15 minutes. It’s a smooth pizzas sauce can be used to top your homemade pizzas whenever you like for family pizza night.

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What Makes This Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe Great!

  • Freezer-Friendly – You can make a big batch ahead of time and freeze for future use.

  • Versatile – It can be used for any type of red pizza or even as a simple pasta sauce too.

  • Ready In Under 15 Minutes – This quick pizza sauce is ready to use quickly, so no waiting around.

About This Recipe – In More Detail

Pizza is a staple food in our house and for good reason. I am often making homemade pizzas or even quick little pizza-like snacks like these Mini Puff Pastry Pizzas and, of course, I need a delicious homemade pizza sauce recipe to go with them.

On occasion, I make pizza sauce from whole tomatoes to top a pizza base made from homemade pizza dough, but there are times when we prefer the texture of the pizza sauce to be smooth. This is where our Passata Pizza Sauce comes in! Since we are using passata which is made from pureed tomatoes that have been strained through a sieve, there’s no need for a food processor or blender. 

Passata sauce can be a little watery for pizzas if you use it straight from the bottle. The excess liquid will create a soggy base. So, I reduce mine down in a saucepan along with a few simple Italian flavours and a little seasoning. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and can be made ahead and frozen in batches too.

And, as well as using it for many different pizza recipes, you can also use it as a marinara sauce, quick pasta sauce or dipping sauce too!

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Equipment Needed

  • Large Saucepan: A heavy pan that’s large enough to allow the sauce to bubble without spilling over the edge.
  • Measuring Spoons/Scales: Used to measure out ingredients for the sauce.
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula: Used to mix the passata pizza sauce.

Ingredients

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  • Tomato Passata: Forms the tomato base of the pizza sauce. Choose a good quality passata for best results. Passata comes in many varieties but a good one to choose for pizza sauce would be one made from plum tomatoes. You can also try one made from cherry tomatoes for a slightly different flavour. 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Adds richness and enhances the flavour of the sauce.
  • Dried Oregano: Infuses the sauce with a classic Italian herb flavour, providing depth and aroma.
  • Sugar: A little bit of sugar balances the acidity of the tomatoes. I am using caster sugar, but granulated sugar will also work.
  • Fine Sea Salt: A little salt enhances the overall flavour by bringing out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a subtle kick and complements the other spices, contributing to a well-rounded taste.
  • Fresh Basil: Using fresh herbs, enhances the sauce with the distinctive flavour of basil. You can also use dried basil, but use less (dried is concentrated) and add it with the oregano.

Additions and Substitutions


Substitutions:

  • Passata: Finely Crushed tomatoes or chopped tomatoes can be used as an alternative with a different texture.
  • Sugar: Honey or maple syrup can replace sugar for sweetness.
  • Sea Salt: Adjust according to taste kosher salt can be used as an alternative.
  • Black Pepper: White pepper can be used as a milder alternative.

Additions:

  • Garlic: Minced fresh garlic can be added for extra flavour. You can also sprinkle in a little garlic powder if you prefer.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a touch of heat, red pepper flakes can be included.
  • Italian Herbs: You can use this to season and flavour the sauce. 
  • Balsamic Vinegar: A splash of balsamic vinegar can add depth and richness to the sauce.
  • Fresh Tomatoes: Chopped fresh tomatoes can be incorporated for a chunkier texture.


Step-By-Step Guide – How To Make Your Own Passata Pizza Sauce

Step 1: Pour and Prep in Saucepan

  • Pour the Passata into a saucepan large enough to allow the sauce to bubble without spilling over the edge.

Step 2: Add Ingredients

  • Add in the extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
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A hand is using a wooden spoon to stir the sauce in the saucepan.

Step 3: Heat Sauce

  • Begin to heat the sauce over a medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Be careful to prevent spitting and excessive bubbling. Adjust the heat if necessary.

Step 4: Reduce and Thicken

  • Heat for about 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.

Step 5: Add Basil

  • Finely chop the basil leaves and stir them through the sauce.
  • Heat for another 30 seconds or so to infuse the flavours.

Step 6: Cool and Store

  • Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool before using.
  • If storing for later use, cool it completely before refrigerating.
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A hand is using a wooden spoon to stir through fresh basil leaves in the pizza sauce.

FAQ

Can I add garlic for a garlicky flavour?

Certainly! Sauté minced garlic in olive oil before adding passata for a delicious garlic-infused tomato sauce.

What’s the purpose of sugar in the sauce?

Sugar balances the acidity of tomatoes, enhancing the overall flavour and reducing tartness.

Why use passata instead of canned tomatoes?

Passata has a smooth, strained consistency, providing a quick and easy base for the sauce without the need for blending.


Pro Tips and Guidance

  • Slow Simmering: Allow the sauce to simmer slowly over low to medium heat to develop deep flavours.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare the sauce in advance and allow it to cool completely before storing for intensified flavours.
  • Experiment with Herbs: Feel free to experiment with additional herbs like thyme, rosemary, or marjoram for different flavours.

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Storage

  • Storage: For leftover sauce, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days to maintain freshness.
  • Freezing: This sauce freezes well. Once cooled, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, leaving some room for expansion. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before using.
  • Defrosting: Defrost the sauce in the fridge overnight. Stir well after thawing to restore its consistency.

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Homemade Easy 15 Minute Passata Pizza Sauce Recipe

5 from 4 votes
A simple smooth pizza sauce that goes well with a whole array of homemade pizza bases and your favourite pizza toppings. With simple ingredients, you can make your own tomato pizza sauce that's ready in under 15 minutes.
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Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 43kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 300 g Passata
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 0.5 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Basil , chopped

Instructions

  • Pour the Passata into a saucepan large enough to allow the sauce to bubble without spilling over the edge.
  • Add in the extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix through.
  • Begin to heat the sauce over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally. Be careful that it doesn't spit and bubble too much. Turn the heat down a little if it does.
  • Heat for about 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  • Finely chop the basil leaves and stir through the sauce, heat for another 30 seconds or so to infuse the flavours.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool before using. Cool it completely if you choose to store it for later use.

Recipe Notes

  • Slow Simmer: Sauce simmers slowly (low to medium heat) for rich flavours.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare, cool, store for intensified flavours.
  • Herb Experiment: Try thyme, rosemary, or marjoram for unique flavours.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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