Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade pizza sauce recipe

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (up to 8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
66 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 1/2 cups (up to 8 servings)
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.)

Pizza is one of America's favorite foods, and it's surprisingly easy to make from scratch at home. You don't have to go to a pizza joint to get a great pie! This easy version 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. 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 toppings and shredded 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. 


  • 1 clove garlic (smashed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried leaf)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: a 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 garlic, salt, and tomato paste, along with the sauce, sugar, pepper, oregano, olive oil, and crushed red pepper. 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 it for about 20 minutes in a 400 F oven.

    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 n airtight container for up to 6 months.

Recipe Variations

  • 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. There's no need to cook.
  • 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 clove of 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 (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.