Sauce is one of the most important parts of a pizza for me (only behind the toppings themselves) and so it needs to be GOOD! This Red Wine Oregano Pizza Sauce is packed full of flavor to amp up your pie.
Of COURSE I had to add some red wine to this. You can skip it if you want, but I find that red wine adds a depth of flavor and complexity to pizza and pasta sauces. Make sure that you use a wine that you enjoy drinking because you are condensing the flavors when you cook it. Bad wine = bad sauce.
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If you have not made your own pizza dough before, you are missing out! It is so easy to make and tastes MUCH better than anything you can get in the store. Learn how to make Oregano Garlic Pizza Dough here! And this Red Wine and Oregano Pizza Sauce is the perfect sauce to go with it.
Personally, I love loading my pizza up with veggies and just enough cheese to cover the pie. My hubby, on the other hand, likes as much cheese as possible. Making our own pizzas is the perfect way to let everyone make their own pie that is exactly what they want. The dough recipe makes two 12″ thin crusts. Check out the recipe for this Roasted Vegetable Pizza here as well as our Balsamic Caprese Pizza, the house favorite!
I make pizzas (affiliate links) with a stone that goes in my oven and I use a handy pizza peel that you see in the picture. (This pizza peel is pretty close to what I have, and this pizza peel is just GORGEOUS). I think it is worth it to have these gems because the stone makes my pizza crisp up beautifully and the peel makes it so easy to get the dough/pizza in and out of the oven. But you can also use a plain cookie sheet if you want.
- Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the onions and saute until translucent, approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
- Add the red wine. Cook to reduce the wine by about half, approximately 5 minutes. Add in the crushed tomatoes and water. Add a pinch of salt and stir to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer at least 15 minutes. The sauce flavors will continue to develop if you can cook it longer, ideally 90 minutes. If the sauce is getting too thick as it cooks, add a little water at a time.