Kezza's Chunky Pizza Sauce

"My boyfriend and I had the most fantastic pizza in Italy during our travels, even the takeaway stuff is fantastic. Through trial and error (and expanding waistlines) we think that I've found a good approximation of a home-made pizza sauce we had in Cassino when we went down there for the 60th commemorations last year."
photo by WiGal photo by WiGal
photo by WiGal
photo by Muffin Goddess photo by Muffin Goddess
photo by Chef floWer photo by Chef floWer
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
Ready In:
1hr 10mins
2 cups




  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan, on medium heat.
  • Saute the onions and garlic until translucent, but do not allow to burn or brown.
  • Add the herbs and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and tomato paste (and salt & pepper to taste) and simmer for 60 minutes on low heat (I use 2/6) until reduced to a thick sauce. I taste this every 10 minutes and sometimes add pepper if required.
  • Cool, and use on your favourite pizza bases. Can be used on 4 x medium bases (if you like a lot of sauce), or 6 bases if you like a thinner covering. You can also puree this with a Bamix if chunky sauce isn't your thing (plus, it goes further if you puree it).

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  1. Stephanie Y.
    This is a really easy recipe to make a divine sauce. I used it to make recipe #106952 and recipe #309820. The herbs are just perfect and I used my immersion blender to make it just slightly less chunky. Viva los Jefes!
  2. Ksweetsoap
    This is the only pizza sauce I make. I double the batch & freeze in individual containers. I also add a small amount of sugar. It makes a big difference in the flavor. A few red pepper flakes for a little bite. I make a Chicago style pizza with the meat on the bottom, then the cheese with the sauce on top. Made in a pre-heated iron skillet. The crust is so crispy! This is the perfect sauce !
  3. WiGal
    Simply deliciousio! Made as posted and left it chunky-saved me some dishes. Froze the other half for another time, so that is something I like b/c we cannot use an entire boughten container's worth. Thanks for sharing a keeper. Made for ZWT4 the Flying Dutchess.
  4. Muffin Goddess
    This made such good pizza sauce! It was so fresh-tasting, and was super-simple to throw together. I was outvoted two to one for keeping the sauce chunky, so I roughly pureed it with my immersion blender. This made for some great Italian bread pizzas (I think DH ate an entire half loaf all by himself!). I think this is now my go-to pizza sauce recipe, thanks for posting! Made for ZWT4
  5. Chef floWer
    I made this for *Zaar World Tour III* - The flavour was very good, I followed the recipe as written and didn't change a thing. I used it under for a Marinara Pizza, the flavours were so delicious together. Thank you LittleKiwiChook



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