Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Friends don’t let friends make bland pizza sauce. You are going to love this Basic Pizza Sauce made from crushed tomatoes and garlic. The ease and flavor of this sauce will kick up your pizza nights for sure!

I’ve tried a lot of homemade pizza sauces over the years and this one has all of the others beat! Using canned crushed tomatoes really lets the tomatoes shine here. The taste, texture, and the simplicity sends this sauce to the very top of my pizza sauce list. 

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Basic Pizza Sauce Recipe

Making homemade pizza is so fun and easy on the wallet. Pizza delivery has become outrageous and more times than not it is subpar and keeps me wishing for more. So, take matters into your own hands and whip up some homemade pizza sauce and pizza. You won’t regret it. 

Pizza sauce freezes splendidly. I always make a double or triple batch of the sauce when I am making it. That way you are ready to make pizza at a moment’s notice or on a busy night. 

Making this pizza sauce is so incredibly easy. Simply, cook crushed tomatoes and a few seasonings on the stove top. Let it simmer just a little while to thicken and you are finished! An easy sauce that will be your new favorite.

What is the difference between pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce?

Spaghetti sauce is a cooked tomato sauce that is usually left to simmer for a long time before serving over pasta. Pizza sauce typically thicker and is an uncooked tomato sauce (crushed tomatoes). Pizza sauce has a brighter tomatoes flavor in my opinion than spaghetti sauce.

Is homemade pizza sauce cheaper?

Making your own pizza sauce at home is very cost effective. If you are buying a fancy pizza sauce it could cost you several dollars for just a small jar. Plus, making your own sauce at home ensures that you know exactly what is going into your sauce. 

How do you store pizza sauce?

There are a few options depending on how quickly you are going to use the sauce. The first option is to store your pizza sauce in mason jars in the refrigerator. If you aren’t going to use the sauce in the next couple of days then you can pour the pizza sauce into freezer bags and freeze them. They will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

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rustic pizza dough with red sauce being smeared with a spoon
5 from 1 vote

Pizza Sauce Recipe

Friends don’t let friends make bland pizza sauce. You are going to love this Basic Pizza Sauce made from crushed tomatoes and garlic. The ease and flavor of this sauce will kick up your pizza nights for sure!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 , about 3.5 cups


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon prechopped garlic)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes, (28 ounces)


  • In a small sauce pan cook the oil and garlic together over medium heat until the garlic starts to smell good, it’ll only take a minute or so once the oil is hot.
  • Add the tomatoes and simmer until it thickens a bit, about 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper).
  • Use on your favorite homemade pizzas, calzones, and more!
  • If you don’t need all of the pizza sauce for your pizza, simply store leftovers in a freezer container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Just thaw fully before using. 


  • This recipe makes roughly 3.5 cups of pizza sauce and that’s the perfect amount for 3-4 large homemade pizzas depending on how much sauce you like. 
  • This recipes is obviously super basic and that’s why it’s awesome! It tastes great without being too complicated. That being said, if you have fresh herbs in the garden or want to add some dried herbs, by all mean add them to the sauce.
  • I like to add additional dried herbs to the sauce when I add the tomatoes and I like to add fresh herbs to the sauce just a few minutes before I take it off the heat.
  • Crushed tomatoes have a great texture and a fresh flavor (they’re less cooked than tomato sauce and I feel like you can taste that difference).


Calories: 21kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.2g, Protein: 0.03g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 0.2mg, Potassium: 2mg, Fiber: 0.01g, Sugar: 0.01g, Vitamin A: 0.2IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.02mg
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If you haven’t boarded the homemade Pizza Sauce train, it is time! The flavor is rich and so much better than anything you can purchase at the store.

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