Artisan Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe

Chef Randy , On September 20, 2022

Versatile Pizza Sauce Recipe For Use On Many Dishes

Level: Super Easy!

Time: 10min

Serves: 8-10 10” pizzas

Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe Overview

This light, fresh, artisan pizza sauce recipe would be the one used in the Naples region of Italy hundreds of years ago where our modern wood fired pizza originated. It’s simplicity and freshness makes it the perfect red pizza sauce for any type of homemade or restaurant quality pizza, whether it be a traditional Neapolitan wood fired, keto or gluten free crust.

Kitchen Tools For This Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe:

  • Mixing bowl

  • Measuring spoons

  • Mixing spoon (metal or wood)

  • Mashing tool – potato masher, large fork, food mill…

Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe Overview

Kitchen Tools for Pizza Sauce Recipe

Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe Ingredients & Shopping List

  • 32 oz can San Marzano whole tomatoes (Better tomatoes make better sauce. Try to find imported D.O.P. if possible. See information below about San Marzano tomatoes.)

  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped (alternative, 1 teaspoon dry oregano)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (alternative, 2 tablepoon dried basil)

  • Kosher salt to taste (usually about 1/2 teaspoon)

Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe Ingredients Overview

Ingredients for Pizza Sauce

Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe Cooking Instructions

  1. Empty the can of tomatoes into a mixing bowl. Crush the tomatoes, using one of many possible techniques. You can simply crush them by hand, use a potato masher, or if you have a food mill with a course grate that works very well. You control the texture here, whether you want chunky or smooth.

    Pizza Recipe Mixing

    Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe Mixing

  2. Add all of the ingredients and mix well with a spoon. That’s it!

Red Pizza Sauce Recipe Variations

If you want a thicker sauce, you can simply cook it down on a low simmer, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t scorch on the bottom, until you get the desired thickness.

An optional way to thicken it is to mix in San Marzano tomato paste. Add some more salt to taste if doing this.

If you want a smoother sauce, instead of crushing, blend the tomatoes with a stick mixer or blender for a few seconds.

Common Questions About This Artisan red Pizza Sauce Recipe:

How do I store my red pizza sauce? This sauce can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 10 days in an air tight container, or frozen for up to 60 days.

What is the difference between red pizza sauce vs. marinara sauce? This recipe creates the traditional Neapolitan style light and fresh sauce used for hundreds of years, originating in the Naples region of Italy. There are excellent recipes for sauces in the marinara family, which are cooked, often have meat and fats, and are beautifully rich tasting.

What is the difference between red pizza sauce vs. pasta sauce? This Neapolitan sauce recipe would taste great on all types of pasta dishes, but sauces designed to eat with pasta are usually made to be thicker so that it sticks to the pasta better. If you would like to learn more about pasta try this linguine recipe.

Pizza sauce common uses and toppings This Neapolitan red sauce is great on traditional pizza crust, keto pizza crust, gluten free crust, cheesy garlic bread… you name it. It is a perfect companion to traditional pizza toppings.

Is this red pizza sauce recipe vegan? Yes! This is considered a vegan red pizza sauce recipe.

What are San Marzano tomatoes? San Marzano tomatoes originate from the small town of San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples, Italy. Today, it is not possible for that region to supply the world demand for “San Marzanos”, but the Italian government does a good job of regulating quality and utilizes a D.O.P (Denominazione di Origine Protetta, meaning “Protected Designation of Origin”) symbol on tomatoes that still meet the high standard of a true San Marzano. Be wary and read the labels. Central California grows a very good substitute, and calls them “San Marzano Style” tomatoes. Be aware of what you’re buying and don’t be fooled.

How much red pizza sauce should I put on my pizza? The type of crust has a lot to do with how much sauce is the right amount, as well as your own personal taste. Just remember that a light thin crust may tend to get soggy if loaded down too much with sauce and toppings. A traditional wood fired Neapolitan pizza crust personal size pizza would use around 2 oz. of sauce spread evenly, perhaps slightly thinner in the center. Your thicker crusts can hold more sauce.

How is red pizza sauce different from white pizza sauce? Red pizza sauce is ca light sauce with fewer calories and more versatility. This is the classic pizza sauce. This goes great on any ingredients. My white pizza sauce recipe is similar to an alfredo sauce, it is richer and goes well with other toppings like spicy ingredients since it provides a good balance.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.