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New York-Style Pizza Sauce

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

2 2/3 cups (serving size: about 1/4 cup)

Skip the jarred stuff and whip up a batch of this classic New York-style pizza sauce right in the comfort of your own kitchen.  It's the fastest way to bring your own kitchen to Italian bistro status. The end result is a versatile, flavorful, and perfectly chunky sauce that is perfect for any pizza, calzone, or any other Italian dish that's on the menu. With only eight ingredients and a no-cook prep, this sauce is truly perfect for a quick and easy dinner kind of night. 


  • 7 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite-cut diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

Nutrition Information

  • calories 40
  • fat 1.9 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • monofat 1.4 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 5.6 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 170 mg
  • calcium 17 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk.

Cook's Notes

This sauce is perfect for pizza, calzones, pasta, or for a dipping sauce. Add different herbs for a twist on this recipe. This would be delicious on a margherita pizza, pineapple and ham pizza (however controversial this might be), roasted red peppers and sausage pizza, supreme pizza-you name it. This sauce is so versatile and so simple.