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How to Make Authentic Pizza Sauce

To make an irresistible pizza sauce, that will taste authentic and delicious, try the following pizza sauce recipe. Remember to keep in mind when making pizza, all pizzas are not created equal, as there are true Italian pizzas, as well as American and California pizzas and more. Due to the different types of pizza, some sauces will be sweeter, some more tart, some with more of a garlic flavor. Basic pizza sauce starts off with tomatoes, olive oil and basil, from there you can add more seasonings to suite your tastes.

This recipe below is an version of a New York Italian Neapolitan pizza sauce, which is based on a more tomato and basil flavor than anything else, that way the sauce can compliment a variety of toppings without the taste becoming too overwhelming.

4 cups plum tomatoes, you can use canned (drain first) or freshly chopped. If you use fresh, first boil a pot of water and put tomatoes in for 30 to 60 seconds, until the skins start breaking, then remove to a bowl of ice water and the skins will peel right off, then you can chop as directed.

1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped or torn

In a pot, combine the tomatoes, salt and pepper, over medium heat and cook about 20 to 30 minutes until the tomatoes have become limp, and basically unshaped. You should have a thick chunky looking sauce. Remove from heat, stir in olive oil and basil. Now it is ready for use immediately, or you can put in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for a week.

Spoon over pizza crust, and it will taste just like an authentic Italian Neapolitan pizza from your favorite pizzeria. This sauce also makes a delicious Tomato Pie, by adding 1/4 cup of each Parmesan and Locatelli cheese sprinkled atop the sauce, after you put it on the crust.