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Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Our Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe can be cooked, or not cooked. Either way, it’ll be delicious! Throw this on your next homemade pizza, or use as a dipping sauce for anything that could use a dunk in some marinara. 

Simple Pizza Sauce

Easy Pizza Sauce

Homemade pizza is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I’m a pizza/pasta/taco fan. It is my “comfort” food, and the favorites from my childhood, and what ends up on my family table more nights than not.

Take-out pizza definitely makes an appearance more often than my homemade variety, but when I have a little time to do some more pre-planning and get my pizza crust going, this sauce is quick enough to throw together while the crust is rising to not be too big of a pain in the butt.

It also would work really well in my Pepperoni Rotini Bake.

The kids always enjoy a good pepperoni pizza, but for me – my favorite is Hawaiian. Really great Canadian bacon, fresh-cut pineapple, and sliced mushrooms – ON TOP of the cheese please, with extra sauce to dip the garlic butter crust in.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Easy Pizza Sauce shopping list

The ingredient list for this is short and sweet once you consider how many of these items are probably in your cupboard or pantry already. Just in case, let me go ahead and give you the low-down. 

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Parsley
  • Sugar

If you want to REALLY hit the easy button, you can cut out all of that but the tomatoes and olive oil and get some of this Spiceology Pizza Seasoning. I live by this stuff!

Pizza Sauce recipe


My go-to Pizza seasoning! Make pizza sauce. Throw it on top of pizza. Use it in pasta salad. Make salad dressing. So many options!

Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

How to make the best homemade pizza sauce

Now – you guys know that I say this all the time, but I’m going to say it again.


It matters.

Simple Pizza Sauce

How many pizzas does this pizza sauce recipe make?

For this, I used a big 28 ounce can of crushed San Marzanos. It makes enough sauce for 2 – 3 large pizzas, depending on how crazy you go with the sauce.

I go crazy, and like extra to dip my crust in, so definitely two pizzas for me. If you are more conservative with your sauce love, you could probably squeeze 3 out of this. Personally, I love making a double batch and freezing the extra!

This would also be a really great option for dipping my garlic twisty breadsticks into!

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“I used the spices in this recipe but added it to my fresh roasted tomatoes instead if the canned …. TO. DIE. FOR! Yum!!!”

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Simple Pizza Sauce
Yield: 4 pizzas

Easy Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

This quick and easy pizza sauce gets thrown together in about 15 minutes, uses common ingredients, and is better than anything that comes pre-made. Make it while your dough rises!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Place everything in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined.
  2. Spread on pizza crust and cook the pizza as you normally would.
  3. If the sauce will be used for dipping and won't be cooked with the pizza, I recommend simmering it in a saucepan for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Saturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1689mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 7gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Marie b

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

looks yummy😋..will definitely try. can this be canned for long term storage or just frozen..the marie from 🇨🇦

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Thanks Marie! I have never tried canning it before, so I'd suggest just freezing it unless you are a really experienced canner. Enjoy!


Tuesday 4th of July 2017

If this is supposed to be "more healthier...," how does 1689mmg/70% of sodium constitute healthy!?!?! That doesn't make sense! There aren't that many salts.....please explain/clarify.


Tuesday 5th of November 2019

@Nicole Johnson,

Awesome reply LOL LOL ! Thank you for this recipe - sauce looks yummy and I can't wait to try it!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 5th of July 2017

I'm not sure why you quoted, "more healthier" in your comment, because not only does that not appear anywhere in the post, it also doesn't appear in my brain either. I don't speak like that. Nutritional information is an estimate, and also for TWO TO THREE ENTIRE PIZZAS, so there's that, also. If you want to eat 2-3 whole pizzas, you've got more to worry about than sodium.

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