What is the best pizza sauce to use for pizza?
I get asked this question frequently. How do you make pizza sauce as well as what is the best pizza sauce for pizza?
Edward writes: “I just checked out Tony Gemignani’s Pizza Bible to see how he makes his pizza sauces & it seems that he doesn’t cook his sauces I’m thinking Maybe because his ovens are so hot he doesn’t have to. What do you think? I just made a pizza yesterday and was very reluctant to put uncooked sauce over it at the same time I do have great respect for Tony’s knowledge …”
My response: “I never use sauce on my pizza. I use a can of high quality stewed tomatoes. I then put them in a food processor for a few seconds and put on my pizza. I think everything will cook great on the pizza. That is just my take on it. If you like sauce on your pizza I say keep doing it… it really is up to you and your own taste.
You can also crush the tomatoes by hand, to get the full effect of tomato goodness. You do not have to use a food processor or blender. Just use your fingers to take out the lumps. My friend John Arena from Metro pizza does the same thing.”
My Dad is my inspiration for making pizza. I remember what he did when he made pizza. He would not use any sauce, he would just open a can of tomatoes, crush them with a fork and top the pizza with this. No sauce, just crushed tomatoes. He would then add garlic and spices on top.
When I teach my pizza making class with my students, I try to keep things as easy and simple as possible. I want to open the door of possibilities to them of pizza. While there are endless variations for what you can put on pizza, I think keeping it simple and easy is certainly the best way. When they have a few pizzas created I explain that they are free to experiment as much as possible.
Here is a video I created which explains the entire reason I do not use any pizza sauce on my pizza!
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