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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
  • 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, 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.

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

Step 4: Sauté 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 an additional tsp. of salt 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

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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

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. 
nutritional facts listed about homemade pizza sauce

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