Giulianna's Magnificent Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Giulianna's Magnificent Pizza Sauce Recipe
Giulianna's Magnificent Pizza Sauce Recipe
Buongiorno miei amata amici! 

Alas, my house overflows with finicky eaters. My husband claims his motto is, “It’s just the way I like it” no matter the outcome of the food before him, even if burnt. Maybe when his father forced him to say it for his mom’s benefit he lived that motto, but he does not reside in my home. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that my family is even fussy about their pizza sauce.

No sliced tomatoes, marinara, or ragu sauce has met their approval on top of pizza crust. They dislike any chunks of tomatoes, carrots, or onions in their pizza sauce. No wonder tinsel is growing throughout my hair. If you covet a truly marvelous pizza sauce, that is homespun and not from paste; then you must give my method a whirl. I am so pleased that I experimented in the kitchen again!

Giulianna’s Magnificent Pizza Sauce


  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Cup Onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 2-28 oz cans of whole or diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup Parmesan & Romano, mixed
  • 1 T Basil, dried
  • 1 T Oregano, dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T white sugar
  • Crushed Red Pepper (optional)

Onions, garlic, celery, and fennel seed for magnificent pizza sauce recipe
Onions, garlic, celery, and fennel seed for
magnificent pizza sauce recipe.


In a large pan, melt the butter into the oil. Add the onion and celery. Sauté until translucent and soft or beginning to caramelize. Turn down heat to medium low.

Stir in the crushed fennel seeds (I crush them in a mortar, pounding them with a pestle) and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.

Giulianna's Magnificent Pizza Sauce, whole tomatoes simmering in pan.
Giulianna's Magnificent Pizza Sauce, whole tomatoes
simmering in pan.
Add the 2 cans of tomatoes, juice and all. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Add a pinch or two of red pepper, only if you want a spicier sauce.

Simmer for about 40 minutes. Cool down to lukewarm. Remove bay leaves. Pour the solution into a blender and puree until smooth. Taste to see if more salt is needed.

After I puree the Magnificent Pizza Sauce, I put it back in the pan to meld the flavors together some more.
After I puree the Magnificent Pizza Sauce, I put it back in
the pan to meld the flavors together some more.
Return to pan and let it sit for another 20 minutes if not using immediately for pizza. This sauce’s flavors meld as it sits. Divide solution into Ziploc bags and store in freezer until day of use.

Will make about 4-8 large pizzas, depending on your preference of the amount of sauce.

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31 intriguing comments

  1. All of your recipes look so good!! I will have to indulge one day soon. Just have to decide on which one:) Came over to apologize for being so remiss in acknowledging your visit to my blog. My mother is gravely ill and she has taken much of my time.
    I always love it when I meet like minded people.
    Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you often:)

  2. I am going to try this out with the kids make your own pizza night.

  3. Thank you Gramma 2 Many! No problem about the delayed visit. I understand we get busy! I pray your momma is doing better and that the Lord gives your family His peace. Blessings to you!

  4. Mysharona: Making pizza with the kiddies is so much fun and such sweet memories for them. Great plan! Let me know how it turns out for you, please!

  5. Thanks so much for this recipe. We have been playing around with making homemade pizzas, but my sauce is not ideal. I will have to try this. Do you have a good dough recipe? Mine always taste too "bready" LOL

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail DOT com

  6. This looks good and I think I could even do it myself. I love pizza

  7. No wine in the sauce? It definitely looks great - but I have to add some vino to my red sauce, a little for me - a little for the sauce :) even for the pizza.

  8. This looks delicious! Do you think it would be alright without the fennel seeds?

  9. I love pizza and my BF could probably eat pizza every day. I think I will try this! I'm a little scared as I am not a gourmet cook... wish me luck!

  10. This sauce looks delicious.... we were also just talking about making our own pizza just a few nights ago. Its our favorite food but it gets very expensive to either buy it or even to just do the bake at home ones. I was telling my daughter it might be cheaper and more delish if we made our own, that was we can add whatever toppings we want.

  11. This looks delicious, although we are not huge fans of fennel seed, so I may have to omit some of that.

  12. Hi Gina!
    We are trying out another "dough" recipe this week...that is supposed to be the legit method...will let you know if we love it.

  13. Hi Buzzd:

    You should definitely give it a try. It is amazing how many wonderful things we can make once we just get a little experience under our belt. That said, I still have "mistakes" in the kitchen and the family will pull out cold cereal instead. Hee hee!

  14. Hi Meredith:

    I do use wine for deglazing in some meals, but not for adding flavor, as my family does not care for that much. The last risotto I made...the family hated it because it absorbed too much of the wine. :/ If you have not tried it, a lot of people really enjoy a splash of vodka in their sauces. :)

  15. Hi Meg!
    I want to say it would be good, but probably not quite as great. While I cannot stand fennel seed by itself (I hate licorice)...if crushed and cooked as stated just brings out a fantastico flavor in the sauce, kind of like how it makes Italian Sausage taste better! :)

  16. Hi Discount Chica:

    I am not a gourmet cook either. I am just a mommy. A few years back I had my repertoire of about 30 meals that I rotated. They were all yummy. However, my 10-year-old son, Chef Bretto was watching cooking shows with his big sister and Nonna and asking me questions as to why I was not using certain spices or cooking with various ingredients. For his sake...I gave it a try...spread my Italiano wings...and we LOVE a lot of the new dishes. :)

  17. Hi Smash Bravo Team:

    I see you are from state!!! Yes, it is cheaper to cook from scratch. A lot more work and a lot more dishes, but a lot more flavor and control of the outcome. Many of the recipes today are not family-friendly. I have the opportunity to transform delicious "adult" dishes into scrumptious "kid-friendly" dishes and share with all of you! Let me know how it turns out for your family!

  18. Hi Stephanie!
    Not sure what your objection is to fennel seed, but if it is the scent, well I don't like licorice at all. However, if you like Italian Sausage...then you probably like the flavor of fennel seed in a dish. If you choose to employ it, be certain to smash it. You can use a mortar and pestle or you can even fold it up in a towel and take a rolling pin to it! :)

  19. you know, I'm not that big on pizza sauce. I tend to go with "less is better" haha

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  20. Thanks for the recipe! I think I would add even more crushed red pepper to spice it up a bit!


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  21. i love the idea of splitting the sauce up into ziplocs and freezing it so that a big batch can save time later. this looks delicious--i'm a fan of pesto pizza but my boyfriend likes his red sauce, so this will be great to try next time.

  22. Yummo! I will give this recipe a whirl! I like pizza sauce on everything!

  23. Oh my goodness, drool! I wish I could come up with my own recipes. I definitely want to try this. Thanks!

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  24. Hi Shooting Stars Mag!

    I am kind of with you. If anything I like my pizza with alfredo, pesto, or plain...and then I would rather DIP it in the pizza sauce, but the majority of my household does not agree with me! :( LOL!

  25. Hi Heidi!

    I think a lot of people would agree with you. Pretty much everything I prepare has to suit a wide range of ages in my home, so I keep most things less spicy. The wonderful thing about pepper, is one can always add more at the end to spice up their individual serving! :)

  26. Hi JuliaA!

    Yes, I am all about figuring out ways to make bigger portions to make the next meal easier! :)

  27. Hi Bukaeyes!

    My children would agree with you...they love it!!! :)

  28. Hi Virginia!

    The more time you spend in the kitchen, making things from scratch, the easier it becomes to tweak recipes and make them your own. Often when I cook I do not use any recipe...I just start tossing in ingredients in portions that look about right to me. Hee hee!

  29. It's very strange...when a tomato is cooked (like in sauce) I can't stand chunks of it too! However, I'm ok with chunks of raw tomatoes in a sandwich and on a salad.

  30. that looks delicious!

  31. I've never thought about making my own pizza sauce before. But I love making things from scratch! I'll have to try this! Thanks!



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