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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. 

Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

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.

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Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade 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!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

How To Make Incredible Pizza Sauce At Home

Here’s the brief overview on how you’ll prepare this simple recipe. For the full ingredients and instructions, make sure to view the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Puree
    If you’re using San Marzano tomatoes, blend them until they are liquified.
  2. Mix
    Heat olive oil in a pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic for 30 seconds. Pour in the tomato puree and the herbs and seasonings.
  3. Simmer
    Simmer for 10 minutes before placing on the pizza.

Homemade Pizza Sauce FAQ

How Many Pizzas Does This Recipe Make?

I used a big 28-ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes for this recipe. It makes enough sauce for 2 – 3 large pizzas, depending on how heavy you layer the sauce.

I go crazy, and like extra to dip my crust in, so definitely just two pizzas for me. If you are more conservative with your sauce, 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 Breadsticks into!

Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes! This recipe keeps for about a week in the fridge, and for MONTHS in the freezer. Make a double or triple batch!

Featured Reader Reviews

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

Anita – from Pinterest
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Yield: 3 pizzas

Pizza Sauce

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
  • 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and pulse until liquified.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the pureed tomatoes to the pan along with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and use as a dipping sauce or on your favorite homemade pizza or calzone.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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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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