Grilled Pizza :: Tomato Sauce

The trick to a great sauce is in the quality of the tomatoes and we love The San Marzano tomatoes.  They come from volcanic soil and have a natural sweet and smoky flavor that is wonderful with pizza sauce.
This is a great easy sauce to keep in your fridge as well – enjoy.

Pizza sauce

2 large cans whole San Marzano tomatoes- about 12
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste

1- in a medium sauce pan saute the garlic in olive oil until golden brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
2- stir in the tomatoes and lower the flame to med. if you have time to chop the tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds if makes for a much sweeter sauce.
3- stir slowly for about 5 minutes then place heat on low and cook covered for about 20 minutes.
4- add salt to taste and set aside off heat for cooling.

  1. mary says: September 22, 20107:21 pm

    This is exactly how we make our pizza sauce…we also add a bit of sugar and chopped fresh basil. It’s the perfect quick sauce! (That shot of the pizza is making my mouth water!)

  2. Isa says: September 23, 20104:51 am

    Never cook tomato sauce for pizza. No Italian would do this. It gets cooked on the pizza, no need to cook it twice, it diminishes the tomatoes fresh taste.

  3. admin says: September 27, 201012:15 pm

    Hi Isa – one of the wonderful things about Pizza is that over the years many different styles of preparation have evolved. The coal or wood fired oven, traditional deck oven, brick lined gas oven, DOC Neapolitan style etc. You have Grandma style squares, Sicilian square, Chicago deep dish style, NY thin crust style, and the latest trend gourmet or artisan style. Grilling Pizza is a great way to achieve the coal and smokey based crust flavor at home if you don’t have a coal oven available. Based on how you ultimately plan to cook your pizza there are some variables that can change how you prepare the sauce.

    While I do understand that everyone has their own opinions regarding techniques for sauces, in this particular case the sauce (and all other toppings) require cooking beforehand because obviously it will not cook on the grill. Unless you have an oven at home that can heat up to 900 degrees you should make sure to cook your sauce if you intend to grill your pizza. I’d love to taste your Pizza sometime. Thanks for your feedback!!

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