Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Pizza Sauce
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (up to 8 servings)
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This basic pizza sauce recipe is easy to make at home with just a few ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. Top a purchased or homemade crust with this sauce, then add toppings and cheese for a great tasting pizza.

Feel free to add extra garlic to the sauce, or make it with dried leaf basil instead of oregano. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 clove garlic (mashed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (kosher)
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (granulated)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried leaf)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: dash of red pepper​

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the garlic, salt, tomato paste along with the sauce, sugar, pepper, oregano, olive oil, and crushed red pepper. Blend well and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. 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.*
  1. Spread the sauce over a prepared pizza crust, add toppings and cheese, and bake it for about 20 minutes in a 400F oven.
  2. Makes about 1 1/2 cups, enough for two homemade pizzas. *If you are not using it right away, the sauce can be frozen. Place it in freezer containers with about 1 inch of headspace or in standard canning jars with about 2 inches of headspace to allow for expansion (glass jars can break if there isn't enough headspace).

Pizza Sauce Variations

  • Creole Style Sauce: Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute 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 clove or 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 and refrigerate until you're ready to prepare the pizza.
  • Chunky Pizza Sauce: Add 1 can (14.5 ounces) 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.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
66 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)