Marinara vs. Pizza Sauce: Who Wins The Best Sauce Award?

Sauces all over the world can be so diverse. The recipes vary from one culture, country, and person to another. If you are curious and would like to do a little research, you’ll be surprised that there are American, Italian, and Asian sauces out there.

But for now, we are going to dig deeper to find out more about two Italian sauces that are distinctive, but also alike – marinara sauce vs pizza sauce.


Marinara Sauce vs. Pizza Sauce

Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce has existed for centuries. This special classic sauce comes from the great land of Italy. It originated in Naples, which is located in the south of the country where poverty and killings are prevalent.

Marinara sauce was not created until the mid-16th century when the Spaniards introduced the tomato to Europe and the Italians quickly adopted this new ingredient.

How To Make Marinara Sauce

This recipe can serve 8 people, but if you intend to serve it to a group of people, you can change the amount of the ingredients as you wish.

To start, here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • 2 yellow onions, finely diced.
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 (28-ounce) can of whole peeled tomatoes.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Fresh thyme, basil, oregano, or other herbs.

What to do?

  • Sauté the garlic and onion by reheating the olive oil over medium-high heat. The add the onions and start cooking until they are soft and translucent. This may take 7 minutes. Next, add the garlic and continue sautéing for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Meanwhile, crush the tomatoes gently with your hands, add them with their juices to the pan of sautéed onions. While cooking, continuously pound them against the sides using a spatula. If you think this procedure is kind of messy, you can use kitchen scissors instead to cut the tomatoes while they are cooking in the pan.
  • Next add the salt, bay leaf, and herbs, such as thyme and oregano, and then the tomato sauce. You can add the basil once the sauce is cooked.
  • Simmer the sauce rapidly for about 20 minutes, then gradually lower the heat to medium-low, and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Once cooked, remove the sauce from the heat. You can serve this with a pasta or even use as a pizza topping.
  • If you desire, you can try including some balsamic vinegar or red wine, and add a few veggies, onions, mushrooms or ground beef.

Pizza Sauce

Although they may seem to be interchangeable, both marinara and pizza sauces are comparable, as they both offer a lot of variety.

Pizza is a very classic favorite loved by everyone of all ages. Whether it is spicy or not, topped with 4, 5 or 6 kinds of cheese, and cooked with garlic and onions or not, pizza sauce is always a perfect match that will make your day extra special.

It is all about the spices; they make a huge difference.

What’s The Difference?

There are two types of pizza lovers in this world: those who prefer the double-concentration of marinara and those who prefer pizza sauce on their pizzas.

If you are going to ask me if there’s a difference between the two, then I would say there is, but on the other hand, there’s none. Sounds confusing, right? If pizza sauce is the one you automatically use to top a pizza, does it mean that marinara sauce is used for marinara pie? No, as there’s no such thing. The fact is, both of them are perfect as pizza toppings.

Some people choose marinara as a topping because they find a double-concentrated tomato puree tastes better when partnered with dough. This type of puree is available all over the world and provides not only the fresh taste of tomatoes, but maintains the taste of the other toppings. And for the record, cooking is not needed.

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On the other hand, some people prefer pizza sauce as it can boost other types of flavor. The US is obsessed with experimenting with spices. They generally believe that the more spices, the tastier it is, which is why such creative and specially prepared pizza sauces can be found in the market.

What matters most in the end is the taste. As long as it satisfies your palate, then it deserves an A+ grade. The best sauce award entirely depends on you. So, are you team marinara sauce or pizza sauce? You decide.

Tell us your thoughts! Please send your comments, suggestions, personal insights and experiences of these two Italian sauces.