Extra-Flavorful Pizza Sauce Recipe

There's your average pizza sauce, which is delicious in its own right — but then there's this extra-flavorful pizza sauce that packs a ton of flavor into your 'za. We all know that homemade sauce is better than store-bought, and there's also no doubt that this sauce is unlike anything you will find at your local store. It's really a no-brainer to make and we'll tell you just why. 

Recipe developer Miriam Hahn came up with this fantastic recipe that adds a lot of flavor to your average pizza sauce. "I love making homemade sauces of all kinds, but this one, in particular, is just so much better than jarred sauces. I like that this recipe makes a large amount also because it freezes well, and if you love having Friday-Night Pizza, it is nice to always have it ready! I also love that there isn't any added oil in the recipe," Hahn shares. "I just use some to sauté the garlic, but when oil is added to sauces after that, I feel they are extra heavy and laden with extra calories." How good does that sound?

Gather the ingredients for this extra-flavorful pizza sauce

Before heading to the store, double-check for items you may already have at home. You will need olive oil, a garlic clove, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.

Once you have those things, you can make this extra-flavorful pizza sauce.

Heat the olive oil and garlic

To make this sauce, you must select a medium-sized sauce pot that will fit all of your ingredients. Once you have one, place it on your stove and drizzle in the olive oil. Turn the heat to medium and add the minced garlic. Continue to stir for about 2-3 minutes while the oil and garlic cook. By now, your kitchen should smell pretty amazing. 

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, and black pepper

Once you cook the olive oil and garlic for a few minutes, you will need to add a few more things to complete the sauce. Just toss in the tomatoes, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. "This sauce is super flavorful because of the spice combination I have used and also the nutritional yeast, which is the special ingredient," Hahn notes. "Nutritional yeast gives this sauce a cheesy flavor while still keeping it light. Plus, it adds lots of B vitamins, fiber, and protein. I always use it in my standard marinara sauce, and it is a favorite."

Stir well to combine.

Let the sauce simmer

As with most sauce recipes, you will need to give this a little bit of time to simmer. Lower the heat and place the lid back on the pot. Let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes as this will ensure the perfect consistency. 

Serve and enjoy

When the sauce finishes simmering, you can serve and enjoy. Guess what? This is more than just a pizza sauce. "In addition to using this for all types of pizza, you can also use it on English muffins for easy lunch pizza," Hahn notes. "Super quick and fun. It also works great for Lasagna or any type of pasta!"

Another great part is that you can make this ahead of time and serve later. "If you are going to freeze this, let it completely cool, then put it into a freezer-safe container. Will be good for two months," Hahn shares. We hope this versatile sauce hits the spot. 

Extra-Flavorful Pizza Sauce Recipe
5 from 26 ratings
Learn how to make this extra-flavorful pizza sauce recipe that uses nutritional yeast as a special ingredient to adds a light but cheesy flavor.
Prep Time
5
minutes
Cook Time
32
minutes
Servings
4
pizzas
spreading sauce on pizza
Total time: 37 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Directions
  1. Add the olive oil to a medium sauce pot and bring heat to medium. Add the garlic and stir while cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Ready to serve or store for later use. If you are going to freeze this, let it completely cool then put into a freezer safe container. Will be good for 2 months.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 157
Total Fat 4.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 26.6 g
Dietary Fiber 7.7 g
Total Sugars 15.5 g
Sodium 707.9 mg
Protein 9.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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