How to Make Pizza Sauce

A very important part of any great pizza is the sauce ... of COURSE!  So I'm going to give you a great, basic, and easy-to-make recipe for how to make pizza sauce for a standard pizza.  I use this recipe all the time, and it makes delicious pizza!

1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce;
1 tsp Italian seasonings (or your own combination of oregano, basil, and sage);
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (very important, and another clove or two is even better!);
or 1/2 tsp garlic powder;
salt and pepper to taste.

Optional ingredient:  light sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes.  Be careful with this ingredient, as too much pepper can easily overwhelm the other flavors.  A few flakes go a long way!

Combine these ingredients in a bowl.  Take your pre-baked pizza crust and spoon the pizza sauce on your crust and spread it evenly over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch margin at the edges.

If you're making a cheese pizza, sprinkle your cheese (shredded mozzarella cheese, of course) evenly over the surface of the pizza.

If you're making a pizza with additional toppings, put the toppings on the pizza sauce before spreading the cheese.  This helps prevent the toppings from getting burned.  This can be a problem especially for pepperoni, which can curl under the heat and result in burned edges.  You may prefer to put the toppings on top of the cheese.  Try it both ways and see which way you prefer.  There's a simple idea for how to make pizza sauce.