Is Pizza Sauce Just Marinara Sauce? Uncover The Saucy Conundrum; Recipe Inside

Discover what sets these sauces apart!

by Mallika Khurana
Is Pizza Sauce Just Marinara Sauce? Uncover The Saucy Conundrum; Recipe Inside

Ah, the age-old debate: pizza sauce vs. marinara sauce. While they may seem interchangeable at first glance, these saucy companions have their own unique identities. But wait, what sets pizza sauce apart from its marinara cousin? Let’s uncover all about it!

What Sets These Sauces Apart?

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Marinara sauce, the wise old sage of Italian cuisine, is a slow-simmering symphony of flavours. It boasts a rich, deep profile that’s been cultivated over hours of patient cooking. Its chunky texture and bold seasoning make it the perfect partner for pasta dishes, chicken Parmesan, or even a rustic ratatouille.

On the other hand, pizza sauce bursts with vitality and is eager to make its mark. It’s a quick and easy concoction, often whipped up on the spot to capture the vibrant essence of fresh tomatoes. With fewer herbs and spices in its arsenal, pizza sauce lets the tomato take centre stage, delivering a punchy flavour that’s tailor-made for your favourite pizzas and calzones, or even as a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks.

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Fresh And Zesty Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Now, let’s dive into crafting the perfect pizza sauce recipe, shall we? 


  • 1 can of whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by draining the whole peeled tomatoes and reserving the liquid for another use.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the drained tomatoes, tomato paste, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  3. Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and well-combined sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, adding more salt, pepper, or red pepper flakes to suit your preferences.
  4. Once the sauce reaches your desired flavour profile, transfer it to a jar or airtight container.
  5. Allow the sauce to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before using it on your pizza. This resting period allows the flavours to meld and intensify, resulting in a more delicious final product.

And there you have it—a tantalising pizza sauce recipe that’s sure to elevate your homemade pizzas. Buon appetito!

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