In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant, stirring constantly.
To the skillet add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste. Stir.
Add sugar, oregano, salt, and pepper to pan. Stir together to fully combine.
Bring sauce to a simmer. Simmer covered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can simmer the sauce longer but at a minimum of 5 minutes.
Take off the heat and tear the basil leaves into the sauce along with the parmesan cheese and stir.
Now the pizza sauce is ready to use! Use it on your favorite pizza dough or as a dipping sauce.
This is a quick and easy sauce. I think it is the perfect thickness for a sauce but if you want it even thicker, leave the pan uncovered as it cooks and the excess moisture will evaporate. Just cook it low and slow for a longer period of time and stir often.
If you don't want to use fresh basil, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil in this recipe. The fresh basil really adds amazing flavor through so try it at least once with the fresh stuff!
This makes about 4 cups, but you can easily double that to have more to use. You can also cut this recipe in half to have less.
Parmesan cheese is optional, but I highly recommend it as it gives a great flavor to the sauce itself!
If you are able to find canned San Marzano tomatoes, use those! They aren't always easy to find in my area but they are such a flavorful canned tomato - so use it if you got it!