Is there anything I can add to spaghetti sauce to make it taste more like pizza sauce? At $1.58 for a large jar of spaghetti sauce vs. $1.88 for a small jar of pizza sauce, there has to be some kind of seasoning I can add to make spaghetti sauce taste more like pizza sauce. Anyone ever do this?
Actually, there are more herbs and spices in the spaghetti sauce vs. the pizza sauce. If you really want to save, grab a small can of tomato sauce and add your own touch of garlic, oregano and whatever suits your fancy.
Add 4 teaspoons dried basil
2 small onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Fry onions and garlic in small amount of olive oil and stir into your jar sauce along with dried basil.
I used to make all my homemade pizzas with tomato puree and added the above ingredients, along with a little salt for taste.
I no longer use sauce on my pizzas, but fresh tomatoes. Here's a recipe that it delicious, once you've made it you will never want to go back to the sauce.
Instead of making two small round pizzas, I use a large baking sheet to make a sheet pizza. I substitute dried basil in place of the 6 fresh basil leaves.
The main herb in pizza sauce is oregano. You could try adding a teaspoon of that in your spaghetti sauce to make it taste authentic. Alternatively, just use normal spaghetti sauce and sprinkle oregano over the cheese and topping. If you add lots of topping to your pizza, you will hardly taste the difference in the sauce.
Besides adding oregano and garlic as is already mentioned here be sure it's a really thick spaghetti sauce. If it's not you can thicken it with tomato paste or prebake the crust at 425 degrees until crust is just becoming golden and then top with sauce and other toppings. Thickening the sauce or prebaking the crust will help keep from having a soggy pizza.
A tasty and cheap alternative is to use a small can (6 oz) of tomato paste, add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 Tablespoon oregano, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 Tablespoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon rosemary. You don't even have to cook it, although I usually warm it to help the flavors release. This will make enough for two 12" pizzas, so you can save it in your fridge if you don't use it all at one time. You can adjust the herbs so suit your taste, but I find this combination to be really good. Enjoy. :-)
You can add a teaspoon of Fennel seed. For years I wonder why I could not get my pizza sauce to taste more like the pizza place. Now I add Fennel seed. To get a really good pizza sauce recipe to make at home try Colleen's Recipes. Go to her side bar and click on pizza sauce. Scroll down to the Pizza Chicken. There is a amazing homemade pizza sauce. Since I found her pizza sauce it's the only one I use. Even if you don't use it you may get ideals for making your sauce more like pizza sauce.
Here is a recipe for Pizza sauce that I use all the time and have given to alot of people after they had my pizza.
8 oz. tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove minced garlic
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
Combine all ingredients and simmer 15-20 minutes to combine flavors.
Spread over pizza dough. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over sauce and then lightly sprinkle ground oregano over cheese. Proceed with toppings of choice.
I will sometimes add extra onion and green pepper to the sauce depending on the type of pizza I am making.
It's much less expensive to make pizza sauce using a can of tomato paste. Thin it to the consistency you want by gradually adding water and stirring it in. Add about a tablespoon of sugar, and season with garlic salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. One can of tomato paste can make enough pizza sauce for two pizzas.
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