Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade pizza sauce recipe

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 pizza
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
66 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 2g
Calcium 45mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You don't have to go to a pizza joint to get a great pie! This easy pizza sauce is basically a thick combination of tomato paste and tomato sauce flavored with garlic and a few simple seasonings. The sauce is briefly simmered to blend the flavors, but it could be spread on the pizza crust without cooking if you're in a hurry. Just make sure the ingredients are well blended with a whisk or in a food processor.

This basic pizza sauce recipe is easy to make at home with just a few ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. Spread this sauce over a purchased or homemade crust and then add cheese and toppings for a great tasting pizza.


  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce (plain)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Optional: dash of crushed red pepper​ flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pizza sauce
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  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, salt, sugar, oregano, pepper, and crushed red pepper (if using). Blend well and bring to a simmer.

    Combine ingredients in a medium sauce pan
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  3. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for about 3 to 4 minutes.

    Reduce the heat to low
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  4. Let the sauce cool and then transfer it to a container or a large, clean jar. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to prepare a pizza or up to 3 days.

    Transfer to a container
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  5. Spread the sauce over a prepared pizza crust, add toppings and cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes in a 400 F oven. Alternatively, follow the instructions for your pizza dough.

    Spread the sauce over pizza crust
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

How to Store and Freeze

  • Refrigerate extra pizza sauce in a covered container for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze the sauce in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Defrost in the fridge before use.

Recipe Variations

  • For a thinner sauce, replace the tomato sauce and paste with a can of diced or whole tomatoes. Purée the tomatoes in a blender along with the other ingredients.
  • Creole Style Sauce: Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté 1/4 cup of chopped onion, 2 tablespoons of chopped celery, and 2 tablespoons of chopped bell pepper until tender. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, the tomato paste and sauce, sugar, freshly ground black pepper, and oregano. Add a dash of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. Blend well and simmer, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes. Let the sauce cool before use.
  • Chunky Pizza Sauce: Add 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes to the saucepan along with the tomato paste and sauce. Increase the oregano to 1 teaspoon and add 1/2 teaspoon of dried leaf basil or Italian seasoning blend.