• #1 by PIZZA_CHET on 26 Feb 2017
  • I've been eating Round Table (RT) pizza for over 40 years.  I grew up with it here in CA.  It's one the best pizzas in all of CA.  Their sauce is particularly good.  So, I developed a knockoff sauce that is very close to RT-red-sauce.

    This recipe will make about 3 large pizzas.  It can be expanded, of course to larger batches quite easily.
    I've tried many different brands of tomato paste, including 365 Organic from Whole Foods and I've come to the
    conclusion that any brand will work just fine.  It's rumored that RT uses Heinz, but it's not going to make any
    difference, based on my testing.

    No cooking necessary.  Just mix well and it's ready.  It does get better if left in the refrig. for a day.  Keeps in the
    fridge for weeks.
    I'm not using a full 11 herbs and spices here, but the end result is very close to RT red sauce.

    (RT-SAUCE Has to have a sweet, tomato-ey start, then a hint of
     fennel, and finally a peppery finish.)

        1 6-ounce can tomato paste (plus 1/2 can of water)
        1 teaspoon fennel seed (ground to a powder)
        1 teaspoon dried oregano (McCormick mediterranean)
        1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
        1/2 teaspoon sea-salt
        1/2 teaspoon black pepper
        1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (ground to a powder)
        1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • #2 by RockyMountainPie on 03 Mar 2017
  • Thanks for sharing.  I will make this soon.
  • #3 by PIZZA_CHET on 04 Mar 2017
  • Thanks for sharing.  I will make this soon.

    You're welcome Rocky!  I think you'll like it.  It's actually made the same way that RT makes their sauce.  They just take tomato paste, add water to thin it out a little bit, and then they add a dry spice packet and mix it up...

    When I developed this knockoff sauce, I actually had a tub of RT pizza sauce to work with...  You can get it free with an order of their bread sticks... They use it as a 'dipping sauce', but it's also used on their pizzas...

    Enjoy!  :)
  • #4 by RockyMountainPie on 24 Aug 2017
  • Update on this sauce:

    I tried it and liked it very much for this laminated style of pizza.  I highly recommend other members try it!  :)
  • #5 by Mako13 on 01 Nov 2018
  • Yep, it is a really good sauce recipe.

    I've toyed with the aforementioned water ratio, and/or 50:50.  Both work pretty well - more water is easier to spread on the pies.  Most of the time, I go with a ratio of about 4:3, paste:water, as measured in the 6 oz. can, by eye.

    I add in a little onion powder to mine, and go with pre-ground, red pepper, instead of grinding the pepper flakes.

    I also add in a bit of basil too - about 50% of the oregano added.

    Finally, a bit of white sugar to balance, if it is too bitter - 1/2 - 1 tsp, depending.

    This sauce is not cooked, but is applied as is to the pizza crust.
  • #6 by PIZZA_CHET on 27 Sep 2020
  • Just a note here for Round Table (RT) purists.  There is no sugar.  There is no fresh chopped basil or any other fresh-chopped ingredient in RT sauce.  But, if you like it, Go for it!!!  But, it's not RT sauce...  RT sauce is made with all powdered herbs/spices.  It gives the sauce a nice smooth texture...

  • #7 by PIZZA_CHET on 12 Nov 2020
  • Another tip/note:  The Red Pepper Flakes are McCormick brand, which are in every grocery store.  They're not excessively hot.  This sauce is not a HOT sauce, it's a pizza sauce.  There are some brands of Red Pepper Flakes that are 10-times hotter than McCormick.  BEWARE!!!  -- If you're not sure about the heat-level of your flakes, just use another 1/2 teaspoon of McCormick black pepper and eliminate the Red Pepper Flakes entirely.  Also, I put everything in a Mortar & Pestal and grind it up.  That's how I get everything powdered well for a perfectly smooth sauce.  The best Mortar & Pestal's to get are the raw 'granite' type.  They're available on Amazon.  Not too expensive.

    Peace and good eating!
  • #8 by klezmer41 on 01 Oct 2021
  • PIZZA_CHET, somebody else said that one of the key ingredients is dehydrated red wine. Have you tried that in your ingredient mix?