Good & Garlicky Pizza Sauce

Is Friday night pizza & a movie night for your family, like it is for ours?

I love these nights, although, being the only girl, I get outvoted on movies a lot.  Tonight's choice?  Cowboys & Aliens

After many cans of pizza sauce, it occurred to me that I could make my own (I'm slow sometimes), and it might even be better. 

You'll need...

Good & Garlicky Pizza Sauce
olive oil
garlic, 2 large or 3 small, minced
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
pinch (or two) crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 glug red wine (yes, glug...or 2-3 TBSP)
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Alrighty...heat some olive oil over medium heat.

Add the garlic, stir and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute.  You really don't want it browned, just softened a bit and flavoring the oil.

Next, add the tomatoes and stir.  Add the spices (I normally eyeball the amounts, so feel free to do the same.  If I were making it just for me, I would add more red pepper).

While that's cooking, look for an open bottle of wine.  You have one, right?  Feel free to open one...or totally omit this's fine.  Add a glug of wine to the sauce.  (Be sure to use a wine that you would drink.  Obviously, we go for the expensive stuff around here...see pic above.)

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until combined and thickened.  Add a few turns of freshly ground black pepper and about 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.  If the sauce starts bubbling, lower the heat.

That's it!  Slather on your pizza crust.  If you're near an HEB grocery, we love this frozen crust...
This recipe covers two pizzas.

 What are YOU watching for movie night?


  1. This looks SO GOOD! Thank you! I bet it would make a great dipping sauce for cheesy breadsticks too!

  2. I'm abit late for Friday night, but Saturday night's is now sorted. Thanks, Bridget :)

  3. Homemade pizza is actually on our menu for tomorrow night--I'm going to try out this sauce; it looks great!

  4. YUM! This looks perfectly delicious, Bridget! I love to keep a jar of homemade pizza sauce as well as marinara in the fridge as much as possible. Never know when you just need a pizza! :)

  5. I love that you made your own pizza sauce and I have to say it looks wonderful. The addition of the wine is the perfect touch to it as is your way of measuring it ;)

  6. Oh my GOSH! I can't believe I have not gone here before today!

  7. This looks amazing Bridget!! I am so excited to make it! :)


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