I've been experimenting with making pizza sauce at home, and I think I've got a combination of seasonings that I like (salt, pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, basil, EVOO). I'm trying to figure out which tomato product will make the best base for my sauce. I'm not really interested in expensive, mail-order tomato products (not yet, anyway). I'm just trying to make the best pizza I can with ingredients that are available at the local supermarket. Maybe when I get better at this and I know what I'm doing, I will move on to more expensive stuff. Baby steps for now.
My current version of sauce uses the above seasonings with a 1:2 ratio of tomato paste and water. It's a decent sauce, but not exactly what I'm looking for. I'm looking to get a slightly coarse texture, and I prefer a flavor that's on the sweeter side.
At the supermarket, I see all cans of tomato paste, crushed tomato, pureed tomato, tomato sauce, etc. What's the difference between the products? Which one will provide me the best base for the type of sauce I'm trying to make? Insights from those more experienced are greatly appreciated.