New York Style Pizza Sauce

I made this a few weeks ago (as I said, I’m behind on posting!), but this is a keeper of a recipe — really easy AND it tastes exactly like New York Pizza sauce.

I should know — I’m a New Yorker! Well done Serious Eats!


  • 1 28-oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, granted using a microplane grater
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • 2 six-inch springs of basil, with leaves attached
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 tsp sugar


  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse tomatoes a few times so that they’re still chunky, but definitely no longer whole (about 1/16 of an inch the recipe says… I say, use your eyes).
  2. In a medium sauce pan combine butter and oil over medium heat.
  3. Once butter has melted, add oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes and a large pinch of salt. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes until fragrant but not browned.
  4. Add tomatoes, basil, sugar, and onion.
  5. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to lowest setting, allowing sauce to cook for an additional hour, until the liquid has reduced about half.
  6. Add salt taste, and allow to cool before you store it (it should keep for two weeks covered in the fridge).
  7. Of course, I made pizza. New dough recipe coming soon.
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