Table of Contents
- 1 What Types Of Pizza Sauces Are Best ?
- 2 The perfectly balanced New York style pizza sauce
- 3 The most popular pizza sauce brands
What Types Of Pizza Sauces Are Best ?
When it comes to world’s most famous and infamous type of food, there are countless recipes, secret ingredients and potions, as well as thousands of people across the globe claiming, even swearing they can deliver the most delicious pizza ever.
Famous pizza makers from across the globe, from Italy, Spain, the UK or the United States yearly combat in trials to claim the title of the most delicious pizza in the world, or simply try to do their best and attract more customers with their pizza skills. Sure, creating the perfect one from the scratch is never easy, and in this case, all ingredients matter.
The proportions, the type of dough, the instruments you use, the herbs, the cheese, all the additional ingredients and, obviously, the perfect sauce – they all have to blend in smoothly and create a symphony of taste and smell so that conquer pizza lovers all around the world.
And while you might think that if pizza is originated from Italy (1), you will always find the best type there, I guarantee you no Italian will ever eat the same amount of pizzas as an American fellow. Thus, it is only convenient that there are more ways and pizza recipes in the US than in Italy, right?
I could blabber on and on about the places you can get a decent pizza in Rome versus the countless number of small pizza stores, or even large franchises that can deliver a tasty pizza all the way from New York to Cali and back. No matter the case, de gustibus non est disputandum, so who could win in this battle?
Read below to find out how to create the nearly perfect pizza sauce, which ingredients you should use and, if everything else fails, which pizza sauce brands you should give a try.
The perfectly balanced New York style pizza sauce
Some people say you will never eat a pizza as good as the one found in New York, not even in Italy. And, since Americans are avid consumers of this type of food, it comes as no surprise that some of them prefer the NY-style pizza sauce, praised among mortals for decades.
The key into creating the perfect NY sauce is to find the perfect balance between heat, sweetness and acidity, all perfectly blending with refined herbs and a good texture.
Sure, you can always use the decent recipe of tomatoes puree, garlic, olive oil and some Mediterranean herbs and the result will not be as bad as you think, but if you are aiming for perfection, you need to take into consideration some other aspects.
You might get through life by thinking there is no other way of making pizza sauce unless using olive oil. Sure, that’s the easiest, Italian way, but what if you could switch to butter and some smashed onions? By trading extra virgin olive oil with butter, you will get an exceptionally complex and smooth sauce, so it is worth given a try at least once.
One of the most important aspects when creating or choosing the right pizza sauce from over the supermarket’s counters is the mix of used herbs. Most counter pizza sauces use dried oregano or a “blend of Italian herbs”, meaning pretty much oregano, basil and salt.
The next time you call in for a pizza making session try switching these dried herbs with the real deal, aka the fresh ones. And if you do not have the necessary means of growing your own herbaria, you can opt for dried oregano but stick to fresh basil for a tint of authenticity.
You could literally write an entire book on how to find the perfect type of tomatoes to create your own pizza sauce or, on the contrary, which counter pizza sauces you can use that include the best existing tomatoes.
Luckily for you, I will cut the slacks by mentioning the five different types of tomatoes used – whole peeled tomatoes, diced ones, crush tomatoes, puree, and tomato paste. Obviously, the whole peeled tomatoes represent the least processed offering, which you can steam or cook roughly.
Since there are no firm labels on what “crushed tomatoes” really mean, you might end up finding different sizes of crushed tomatoes from brand to brand. This is why you should avoid premade crushed tomatoes and choose, instead, to crush them on your own, with your own technique.
The best brands of pizza sauce with mainly use tomato puree or tomato paste. The puree makes for a great shortcut for all pizza sauce brand companies. However, by using this you will lack the complexity of slowly reduced and less processed tomato products. If you are making your own pizza sauce and not buying it from the shelves, you might want to stay away from purees.
Similar, tomato paste basically consists of concentrated tomato juice. While tomato paste makes for the best ingredient in dozens of dishes, its consistency is not perfect for pizza sauces so, again, you might want to refrain from using it.
The most popular pizza sauce brands
And while the best pizza sauce is, no doubt, the one you make on your own, sometimes the lack of time does not allow you to create all the necessary ingredients.
Under these circumstances, already cooked dough, some canned mushrooms and a counter pizza sauce could make the difference between a quick and delicious dinner and you spending another $20 on ordering your pizza from the local store.
Read below to find a quick review on the most popular pizza sauce brands you can find on the market right now and choose the one that strikes your senses the most:
Mario Batali Neapolitan pizza sauce
I will open the list of best pizza sauces by adding a not-so New York-based pizza sauce, but one with strong Italian flavors.
The product is made out of San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and basil. What I particularly like about this pizza sauce is that it is made with fresh chopped basil, the right way of using this spice for making pizza sauces.
However, it totally lacks oregano, the main ingredient in all pizza sauces. So, unless you are willing to sprinkle some dried oregano into it, leave this sauce aside.
Eden Organic pizza sauce
For those of you looking after their silhouettes and trying to appeal to an organic lifestyle, this particular brand promises to deliver 100% organic grown ingredients.
Apart from *everything organic* (including extra virgin olive oil and tomatoes), this sauce also features a mix of organic herbs and spices, as well as sea salt. The brand promises to deliver garden fresh flavor sauce, so it is worth giving it a try.
San Marzano pizza sauce
As previously mentioned, most already made pizza sauces feature tomatoes purees, and this product makes no exception. Apart from this type of tomatoes, it also includes soybean oil and regular salt, so I would not recommend it, unless you really cannot find anything else.
Pastorelli Italian Chef Pizza sauce
It promises to deliver that chef experience on a can, and this is exactly what it does. This sauce received the Gold Medal on the Monde World Selection for the best pizza sauce in the competition, meaning you should definitely give it a try.
The Pastorelli pizza sauce only uses the finest ingredients, the original ones that have been used for 60 years in the Pastorelli dynasty. This Italian authentic pizza sauce taste will not come cheap – about $35 a can – but the price will surely make it for the 12 top quality ingredients used, including California tomato puree, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, spices, garlic, sea salt or Pecorino Romano imported cheese.
Don Pepino pizza sauce
You cannot call yourself a true American pizza lover unless you tried this famous pizza sauce. It is America’s first fully prepared and served pizza sauce ever, created over 60 years ago.
The product continues to deliver the exact same recipe as the initial one, meaning more organic and natural products and featuring a unique blend of ingredients, including corn oil, spices, salt or garlic.
Sure, it does not use sea salt or extra virgin olive oil, but you cannot find those naturally grown in America, and this is America’s own interpretation of the Italian pizza sauce.
Mid’s Pizza sauce
I particularly like this brand because it does not fall far from the original Italian pizza sauce tree, meaning it features the key Mediterranean ingredients – extra virgin olive oil, tomato paste, onions and garlic. The product also consists of sugar and citric acid, apart from spices and extra oregano.
This is probably one of the thickest counter bought pizza sauces I have ever tasted, which is, in my opinion, a key ingredient into creating the perfect pizza. It comes with that Italian scent vibe you only get from authentic products, so it is worth given a try.
Prego Heart pizza sauce
This particular product contains 25% less sodium than all other similar products, making it suitable for those who are not allowed to eat extra salted or sweet foods.