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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

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This homemade pizza sauce recipe is awesome! A friend of mine has been making homemade pizza dough and sauce for over 25 years and taught me how to make both.

This sauce is easy to make and super yummy if I can do it you can do it! Let’s get started.

Don’t forget to check out my other recipes here. Make sure to check out this amazing homemade pizza dough recipe to go with the sauce.

various pizza sauce ingredients in cans and glass bowls on top of wooden table

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools

First, for this homemade pizza sauce recipe, we need some ingredients and tools. You will need the following:

  • Crushed tomatoes in sauce/puree
  • Whole peeled tomatoes in sauce/juice – (San Marzano style if you can find it, it is a great brand from Italy)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • White granulated sugar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Italian seasoning – (Italian seasoning is a blend of dried herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme)
  • Fennel seeds
  • Oregano
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Minced onion
  • Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Tools

  • Blender or very large food processor
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula

Step 2: The Pizza Sauce Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the main ingredient of the homemade pizza sauce recipe. Take a blender and add in our can of tomato chunks.

Next let’s take the whole peeled tomatoes from the other can and squeeze each tomato getting all the juices out, then break up the whole tomato in your clean hands as well. This is especially important to do if you don’t have a blender or food processor.

Then add in the rest of the juice/sauce from the can.

Step 3: Spices and blending

Next let’s add in all of our spices, the sugar, black pepper, Italian seasonings, fennel, and oregano. Also, add in the parmesan cheese. Put the lid on and blend until nice and smooth. Or if you are using a large bowl and hand crank, then do that.

Man pouring small glass bowl of spices into a glass blender full of homemade pizza sauce.

Step 4: SautΓ© onion and garlic

Next, let’s take a large pot and set the burner to medium heat.

Then add in your extra virgin olive oil. After the oil heats up, add the onions and the garlic, and cook them for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

Hand holding plastic spoon stirs onions in olive oil in a large yellow pot on a stove.

Step 5: Blending in the tomato sauce

Now pour in the tomato mixture and stir to blend it in with the oil and onions and garlic.

Black spoon stirring pizza sauce in a yellow pot on a stove.

Step 6: Taste and cook the pizza sauce

Next, give it a little taste. You may want to add in a tsp. of salt or more to taste and maybe a tsp. of garlic powder.

Then stir occasionally and bring the sauce to a boil. You will see bubbles emerging from the top of the sauce. Once that happens, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes.

Stir the sauce occasionally. After the 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let the sauce cool before using it on your pizza dough. It makes enough for about 8 to 10 pizzas depending on how much sauce you use for each pizza. Enjoy!

Note – Homemade pizza sauce will last 3 to 5 days in the fridge. Or you can put it in freezer bags and freeze it. In the freezer, it will last a few months.

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Man holding spoon spreading homemade sauce on pizza dough sitting on a pan.

Video Tutorial for Homemade Pizza Sauce

Now check out the video tutorial and watch those steps in action. πŸ™‚

How to Make Pizza Sauce | Awesome Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Amazing Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

What makes a great pizza? Starting with a great sauce and awesome pizza dough. A friend of mine has been making homemade pizza dough and sauce for over 20 years, and taught me how to make both. This is my go-to pizza sauce recipe. It is really easy to make. Let's get started!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: healthy, pizzas, sauce
Servings: 10 pizzas
Calories: 12kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or very large food processor
  • saucepan
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 – 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes in sauce/puree 800g
  • 1 – 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes in sauce/juice San Marzano style if you can find it (800g)
  • 2 tsp. parmesan cheese 10g
  • 1 tsp. of white granulated sugar 5g
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper 3g
  • 1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning 3g
  • 1/2 tsp. Fennel seeds 3g
  • 1/2 tsp. of Oregano 3g
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced onion about half a medium sized onion (40g)
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 60mL
  • 1 tsp. salt, or more to taste 5g

Instructions

  • First let's take a blender and add in our can of tomato chunks. Next let's take the whole peeled tomatoes from the other can and squeeze each tomato getting all the juices out, then break up the whole tomato in your hand as well. This is especially important to do if you don't have a blender or food processor. Then add in the rest of the juice/sauce from the can.
  • Next let's add in all of our spices, the sugar, salt, black pepper, Italian seasonings, fennel, and oregano. Put the lid on and blend until nice and smooth. Or if you are using a large bowl and hand crank, then do that.
  • Now let's take a large pot and set the burner to medium heat. Then add in your extra virgin olive oil. After the oil heats up, add the onions and the garlic, and cook them for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Next pour in the tomato mixture and stir to blend it in with the oil and onions and garlic.
  • Time to give it a little taste. You may want to add in an additional tsp. of salt and maybe a tsp. of garlic powder. Next stir occasionally and bring the sauce to a boil. You will see bubbles emerging from the top of the sauce. Once that happens turn the heat down to medium low and let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir the sauce occasionally. After the 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let the sauce cool before using it on your pizza. It makes enough for about 8 to 10 pizzas depending on how much sauce you use for each pizza. Enjoy!
    Store in airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days or in freezer bags in the freezer for a few months.

Notes

*Note this is based on using the sauce on 10 pizzas with 7 to 8 slices per pizza. In general this homemade pizza sauce is pretty healthy.Β 
nutritional facts listed about homemade pizza sauce

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40 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe that I found with a simple Google search. This sauce is amazing! It’s the best pizza sauce I have ever made. Even my college kids love it. I can now end my search for a great pizza recipe. The dough recipe is amazing also.

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it’s honestly delicious. I’ve always wanted a specific tasting pizza sauce on the pizzas I order from takeaways but haven’t found any that do the sauce how I like, this recipe is exactly how my hubby and I like pizza sauces to taste. I highly recommend people to try it. Absolutely delicious!

  3. When do you add the Parmesan cheese?

  4. I tried the pizza sauce and felt something might be missing. I am wondering if salt was left out of the written recipe or if β€œsalt” was mistakenly added to the instructions, β€œ Next let’s add in all of our spices, the sugar, salt, black pepper, Italian seasonings, fennel, and oregano.β€œ. Thanks

    • Hi Terry! Such a great catch, thank you. Yes, salt is supposed to be in the recipe, however, you aren’t supposed to add it at step 3. You add it in at step 6, to taste. πŸ™‚ I hope that clears it up a little bit. It was missing from the printed recipe too.

  5. 5 stars
    Nnniicceeeee!!! I love this one! It’s a new one to me but happens to be a very essential one, as well. I mean, just imagine how tasty my slices are going to be, from now onwards.

  6. Eileen M Loya

    5 stars
    I will try your recipe. I usually buy the bottled kind in the supermarket, but homemade is always better. I am glad I got to see your recipe. Just in time for planning our family’s Pizza-Pasta Fridays.

  7. 5 stars
    There’s nothing better than homemade pizza sauce. I hope to make this soon, perhaps homemade pizza and movie night for next weekend! Your sauce is very impressive and I like that you can freeze it.

  8. 5 stars
    This is a very simple and easy recipe to follow through, I love homemade pizzas

  9. 5 stars
    Such a quick and easy homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe! ItΒ΄s def essential for those who want to eat healthier and prefer natural homemade sauces!

  10. We were just talking about making pizzas tomorrow night for dinner! I’m going to try this sauce recipe!

  11. My friend and I always get together to make pizza, and we used tomato basil sauce and think that was it, until I read your post. Next time I will try your recipe and I am sure it will taste a lot better than the canned tomato sauce.

  12. Oh this looks amazing!
    I am totally making a breakfast pizza πŸ˜€

  13. 5 stars
    I haven’t made homemade pizza in years. It’s so good and makes the house smell wonderful. You have inspired me to make homemade pizza in the near future. Thanks for sharing this recipe and the inspiration that goes with it.

  14. 5 stars
    Seasoning is everything when it comes to homemade sauce! Love the fennel in here!

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve been a fan of crushed tomatoes for years now. So few recipes utilize them and instead insist on using tomato sauce instead. I’m so happy to have found a delicious recipe using my favorite form of canned tomatoes! Great pizza sauce. Delicious.

  16. 5 stars
    This sauce is so good! Thick and full of so much flavor, and super easy to make too!

  17. 5 stars
    I love that you can freeze this. Such a great idea to always have it on hand.

  18. 5 stars
    Great recipe- we are always looking for a yummy pizza sauce! I will use this recipe again, thanks so much!

  19. 5 stars
    The best pizza sauce.

  20. 5 stars
    Wonderful sauce!! Homemade is so much better than store bought. We have pizza night once a week, so this will be fun to make with the kids!

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