Tuesday, 2 August 2011

New York Style Pizza Sauce

So when I started making pizza using the breadmaker a little while back, I knew I'd have to find something to a New York pizza, something that the hubster absolutely loves, and I do to. Actually, though, our favourite New York style pizza doesn't come from New York City at all, it's from Lake George, a little place on Canada Street called Capri. Whenever we make it down there, we go at least twice. Our favourite New York pizza is just cheese, or pepperoni and cheese, although otherwise I prefer pizza that also has green peppers and mushrooms on it, what we call an All Dressed here in Quebec.

ANYway, the thing about New York pizza is the thin-ish crust and the specific tomato sauce. I searched far and wide, and finally came across what I consider to be a great recipe over at www.seriouseats.com .

In the past, I've always gone to tomato paste for a nice pizza sauce, but it turns out that the trick is using canned tomatoes. Here's the recipe.

New York Pizza Sauce (enough for 2 12 inch pies):

1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
2 six-inch sprigs fresh basil with leaves attached
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and split in half
1 teaspoon sugar

  • Puree the tomatoes in a food processor until you have only very small chunks
  • Heat butter and oil (I sometimes just use the oil), and cook the garlic for a minute or two, along with the oregano, red pepper flakes and. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients except salt, bring to a simmer and reduce until bubbles barely break the surface. The first time I made this sauce, I thought the idea of adding onion halves was strange, but really it just adds another mild level of flavour rather than a stronger onion taste. Cook until the sauce is reduced by half, about an hour. Season to taste with salt. 

That's it! I have a friend who's husband works in the pizza business, and apparently sometimes ketchup is a good addition for sweetness. I'd say if you're going to try that, omit the sugar, at least at first. Here's a cheese pizza I came up with.

Serve with a salad. My only issue here is trying to stop when I'm full!!!

That's all she wrote, folks. Have a great day! If you want a good pizza dough recipe (although I don't claim this one has anything to do with New York style pizza dough, I just roll it thinner), check out my post for Nutella Mascarpone Calzones.


  1. Oh man, that pizza slice looks amazing! I was never satisfied with pizza sauces that used tomato paste, so I am looking forward to trying this out. Thank you!

    If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

  2. Awesome, thanks for the link!

  3. How bout that! Will have to try it at our house--looks delicious! Thanks:)

  4. Looks awesome. I have an adult pop tart that I think you'll really like planned for tomorrow.

  5. That sounds absolutely delicious. It would be hard to stop at only a little bit. I'd love for you to come by and show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a blessed day :)

  6. Is there certain ingredients in the sauce that make it more NY? I love Chicago style pizza, but I'm not sure how it tastes different from NY. Of course, we love the deep dish, but I'm curious if the sauce is different. Sounds good!

  7. Lisa: I've never had actual Chicago Pizza in Chicago, only the frozen kind. My understanding, though, is that Chicago pizza is maybe a little stronger, or more acidic in flavour. I THINK it would likely be tomato paste based. NY pizza is more oily.

  8. I love pizza! I'm limiting my carbs, severely for the next 2-4 weeks. I'll have to try this though after I reintroduce them into my diet. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Yummy! My mum taught me to make my pizzas with tinned tomatoes and I've never done it any other way!!

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  10. I've been looking for a good pizza sauce recipe - thanks for sharing this one.

    I've been using my bread machine to make the crust for a while - it does a fantastic job.

  11. yum! i'm always looking for a new great pizza sauce....bookmarked :)

  12. I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week! Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  13. Thanks for linking up at bacon time. Your pizza looks amazing. I tried something new this week and ran the ongoing give away linky below the any linky goes party hoping to promote folks give aways more. You accidentally linked your pizza to the give away linky so I will delete it. Please feel free to link back up and thanks again.

  14. Looks yummy! Thanks for posting at I Made It! Monday. I'm going to feature this tomorrow. Please come and grab a button!

  15. I have an abundance of tomatoes from the garden this year--I am thinking I will try using the fresh ones for this, thanks.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    I hope to see you there!

  17. Kim,

    Thanks for linking up at my Sundae Shake Up Link Party. I hope you will join me again on Sunday for another fun party! Can't wait to see you there, my friend!

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