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Pizza Sauces

How to make delicious basil marinara, puttanesca or roasted tomato jam pizza sauce


A pizza is a blank canvas for a wide variety of sauces and toppings. You can use everything from the myriad pizza sauces available from the grocery store – to delicious homemade sauces like our basil marinara sauce, rich and flavorful puttanesca sauce, or roasted tomato jam.

Ingredients

Marinara Pizza Sauce
• 1 28-ounce can of whole peeled plum tomatoes (Muir Glen Organic or San Marzano DOP)
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or slivered (about 1 heaping tablespoon)
• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (1/4 teaspoon for less heat)
• 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher or sea salt
• 2 fresh basil sprigs with leaves and stem
See full recipe

Puttanesca Pizza Sauce
• 1 28-ounce can of whole peeled plum tomatoes (Muir Glen Organic, San Marzano DOP or other quality tomatoes)
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2-ounce tin of anchovies, drained
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or slivered (about 1 heaping tablespoon)
• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 4 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped (1/2 with sauce, 1/2 for garnish)
• 1/2 cup (4-oz) Kalamata olives, pitted and thinly sliced
• 2 tablespoons of small (non-pareil) capers, drained
• 2 teaspoons lemon zest, optional
See full recipe

Roasted Tomato Jam
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
• 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
(about 1 heaping teaspoon)
• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 2 tbl sun dried tomatoes, chopped
• 1 14.5-oz can of roasted tomatoes,
already diced with juice1
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 fresh basil sprig with leaves
See full recipe

Tools
• Dutch oven
• Large 5″ strainer
• Soup ladle
• Mason jars
• Large funnel

The key to success for any good recipe is to always use the freshest ingredients.

Preparation

Making a delicious pizza at home is dependent on having a thick and flavorful pizza sauce. To prevent a soggy crust, it is important to make the sauce thick. Our pizza sauces are made by simply straining any of our three delicious signature sauces: Italymax Marinara sauce, zesty Puttanesca sauce, and rich Roasted Tomato Jam. Refer to the three sauce links above to make the pizza sauce recipe of your choice, then simply strain them to use as a pizza sauce.

 Our thick, rich, and flavorful pizza sauces are made by simply straining any of our three delicious signature sauces.

1. For Marinara Pizza Sauce
This is our most popular marinara sauce and is the primary sauce used in our Italymax Basesix pizza ingredients featured in most our our pizzas. Follow the recipe for making this delicious basil marinara on the Marinara sauce page. When the marinara is done, use a 5″ strainer over a bowl or a large (4-cup) measuring cup, then strain the marinara into the container. Let the strainer sit over the container for several minutes to thicken, then remove and with a large-mouth funnel, pour the thick pizza sauce into sealable jars such as Mason jars. Retain the strained marinara juice in Mason jars for pasta (Cook pasta al dente, then place pasta into pan with marinara juice for incredible flavor).
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Straining Marinara for our delicious Pizza Sauce

A double batch of our Marinara sauce recipe makes almost 6 cups of marinara. After straining and filling up 2-cup Mason jars, you will usually end up with 2 cups of strained marinara juice and about 3 1/2 to 4 cups of thick pizza marinara.

Thick pizza sauce on left, Marinara juice on right

2. For Puttanesca Pizza Sauce
Puttanesca sauce is a tangy sauce that explodes with flavor. This delicious sauce delivers bold, authentic Italian flavors that are a rich indulgence for your Puttanesca pizza. Follow the recipe for making puttanesca sauce on the Puttanesca sauce page. When the puttanesca sauce is done, use a strainer over a bowl, a large (4-cup) measuring cup, or directly over a Mason jar, then strain the puttanesca into the container. Let the strainer sit over the container for a few minutes to thicken, then remove, pour the thick pizza sauce into sealable jars. Retain the strained puttanesca juice in Mason jars for pasta (Cook pasta al dente, then place pasta into pan with puttanesca juice).

Straining zesty Puttanesca for Pizza Sauce

A regular batch of our Puttanesca sauce recipe makes almost 3 cups of puttanesca pizza sauce. After straining, you will usually end up with about a cup of strained puttanesca juice and about 2 cups of thick puttanesca pizza sauce.

Puttanesca juice on left, thick pizza sauce on right

3. For Roasted Tomato Jam
This delicious roasted tomato jam with sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic and basil delivers a richness that is unsurpassed on conventional pizzas. Whether over pasta or our delicious Roasted Tomato Jam Pizza, you will not be disappointed. The good news is this tomato jam is so thick, no straining is necessary. Simply follow the recipe for making roasted tomato jam on the Roasted Tomato Jam page, then use immediately on your favorite pizza or pasta.

No straining required for thick roasted tomato jam

Buon Appetito!