7 thoughts on “Copycat Papa John’s Pizza Sauce

  1. William says:

    I used to work for Papa’s at their headquarters. There are only 4 ingredients to their sauce. Canned crushed tomatoes in sauce. Salt, Sugar and Basil. That is it. Nothing more. This is a variation of a traditional Pizza Margherita sauce with the addition of sugar. The sugar acts both as a flavor enhancer and as a heat sink. W/O sugar the sauce will grow cold very fast. The sugar extends the hold time allowing the pizza to remain hot during delivery.

  2. Annabel says:

    I have a question: The recipe gives 10 3/4 oz. puree and 1/4 cup water, equaling 12 3/4 liquids. So how does it make only 1 Cup (8oz). I can’t see 15/20 min simmer reducing it by it by 4 3/4 oz.

  3. Eric says:

    William, I worked in a Papa John store and according to the pizza sauce label, there are more ingredients than 4. You left out oregeno, olive oil and another oil which name escapes me.

  4. William Burnett says:

    There are regional variations to the sauce. Some of the franchise owners have insisted in variations in order to cater to the taste’s of the region involved. Also, Papa John’s product line has changed significantly within the last five years because of franchise owner medling/insistance/stupidity.

    The classic Papa John’s Sauce was a Margarita Pizza Sauce with added sugar.

  5. William Burnett says:

    Also, consider that I worked for PJ’s in the mid 90’s and the entire menu was very simple then. The sauce reflected the menu. I would not be at all surprised to learn that they had to modify their sauce, nation wide, to accommodate the plethora different pizza combinations that are currently being offered at their restaurants.

    Try this some time:

    15 Ounce of Tomato Sauce
    1/4 teaspoon each of Ground Black Pepper, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme, and Basil
    1/4 tsp or to taste of salt.
    1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
    1 – 2 cloves of minced garlic.

    Mix it together and you have the basic Little Caesar’s Marinara/Pizza Sauce. To be fair the Marinaria would be made with puréed Tomatos not sauce.

    Off the topic, I know. But still very tasty.

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