Homemade Pizza Sauce

pizza sauce

We just wrapped up yet another fun-filled Labor Day weekend at the lake with my entire family. The weather cooperated a lot more this year than last, so we actually got to spend a lot of time on the lake.  Last year it was just a rainy, soggy mess of a weekend, but to all of our advantage a lot of time was spent in the kitchen cooking and creating (see below for some of last year’s tasty delights).

We started a Make-Your-Own Pizza Night for the last night of the trip last year and it was such a hit that we did it again this year.  My friend Shelly introduced me to an awesome way of cooking pizzas with Naan bread and I am now a huge fan, so I was sure to bring those along!!  I wanted to try making my own pizza sauce for the pizzas and I am pretty happy with the way that it turned out.  I started with a little sauteed garlic and olive oil and then added the peeled tomatoes, salt and sugar and just let it simmer on the stove for a little while.  After about an hour and a half, I added the fresh herbs and let it cool.  To finish up the sauce, you simply puree it in a blender and bottle it.  I have these cute little Mason Jam Jars that were the perfect size for my sauce.  If you seal the jar, you can keep it in your pantry for about a month or so, or just refrigerate it and use it within a week.

Lastly for my MYO pizza, is a refrigerator staple at our house Hormel Turkey Pepperoni.  It is perfect for MYO Pizza Night because who the heck doesn’t like pepperoni and with 70% less fat than regular pepperoni, it at least lightens it up a little bit.  We keep it around for an after school snack with crackers and cheese, too.  I love to use fresh mozzarella because it just melts so pretty on the pizza.  I like my Naan pizza grilled, but it is super easy and still just as delicious to cook it in the oven.  Last night I had leftover Naan from the trip and spread basil pesto over and topped with fresh mozzarella and tomato for a little spin on the red sauce pizza.  SO DELICIOUS!!!!!

Homemade Pizza Sauce for Grilled Naan Pepperoni Pizzas

Homemade Pizza Sauce for Grilled Naan Pepperoni Pizzas


    For the Sauce
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Splenda Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (about 6 turns)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil & oregano
  • Dash red pepper
  • For the Pizza
  • 4 Stonefire Garlic Tandoor Baked Naan
  • 1 package Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste


    For the sauce
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 hours. At the end of cooking time, add fresh herbs. Let cool to room temperature. In batches, puree mixture until smooth.
  2. For the Pizza
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly brush Naan with a small amount of oil. Spread sauce over each Naan. Layer with pepperoni and fresh mozzarella slices. Top with torn basil. Bake on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Here are a couple of tasty creations from last year’s Family La-kation:

What a De”light”ful Dessert

Apple Pear Crisp

 I reviewed the Hormel Turkey Pepperoni in this post as an ambassador for Hormel Foods.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and may not reflect those of the company. 

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  1. Nothing beats homemade!

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