Classic Pizza Sauce

Classic Pizza Sauce


  • Saucepan
  • Masher (optional)


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
  • 800g canned whole plum tomatoes (we like San Marzano)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, heaped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper




Make more sauce than you needed or just want to have some on-hand in a pinch? No problem. This pizza sauce freezes well for quick and easy use. Just place the sauce in sealable freezer-safe bags, remove all of the air, then lay them flat in the freezer. They’ll be great for up to six months. To use, defrost overnight in the fridge or use your microwave setting. If you find that the sauce has thinned out at all, give it a quick reheat on your stovetop until warmed through!

  1. Place the oil in a pan over medium heat. When warm, add the garlic and cook until softened but not brown (not more than a minute).

  2. Pour the can of plum tomatoes into a bowl and use a masher or fork to break them apart and crush them down. Pour the tomatoes into the pan.

  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, then simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until the flavour has deepened and the sauce has thickened slightly. 

  4. This sauce can be used straight away, or placed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to a week, ready to be used as required.

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