Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy pizza sauce recipe? This one gets rave reviews: it uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes in a blender!

Homemade easy pizza sauce recipe

Eleven years ago, Alex and I honeymooned in Italy: Rome and the Amalfi Coast. It was like falling in love all over again: with the beautiful views and Italian pizza! On the plane ride home, we dreamed of learning how to make homemade artisan pizza. Since then, we’ve become homemade pizza experts, perfecting our Pizza Dough Master Recipe over a period of years. And now, we’re thrilled to unveil our easy homemade pizza sauce recipe. It takes just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make! Here’s how.

Italian pizza sauce recipe

5 ingredients in this pizza sauce!

This homemade pizza sauce is truly easy. For real! That’s saying something, because Alex and I actually don’t love the word easy! We’ve found there are rarely recipes that are actually easy. Simple, yes. But easy? There aren’t too many things like that in the kitchen: but this one is one of them.

There are just 5 ingredients in this pizza sauce recipe. Even better: it requires no cooking, just a simple whiz in the blender! The flavor depends on the quality of your ingredients, so choose wisely. Here are a few things to know about the ingredients:

  1. Fire roasted canned tomatoes: Fire roasted tomatoes are the base of the recipe. Try to find them if at all possible! Fire roasting brings a mellow, sweet flavor to the tomatoes. If you can’t find them at your local grocery, use the highest quality crushed tomatoes you can find.
  2. Small garlic clove: Garlic cloves widely vary in size. This recipe calls for a small clove — if you don’t have one, use half a medium or a quarter of a large clove (see the video below if you need a hint on sizes). This is important so the sauce doesn’t end up too garlicky.
  3. Dried oregano: Make sure to use dried oregano that’s fairly new to you, so that the flavor is strong enough. If it’s been in your cabinet over 1 year, it’s time for a refresh!
  4. Olive oil: Use extra virgin olive oil. Always.
  5. Salt. No recipe is complete without salt! We always use kosher salt: here’s why.
Homemade easy pizza sauce recipe

How to make this pizza sauce recipe

How to actually make this pizza sauce recipe? Take all those ingredients and blend them up! It’s as simple as that. Take a taste, and…well, you’ll be amazed by the flavor! Every time we make it, when I dip my spoon into that beautiful red sauce after blending it, it’s beyond my wildest dreams. We hope you’ll think so too! We’ve had countless people tell us that it’s the best pizza sauce they’ve ever had.

To guide you through the process even more, we’ve got a video! Here’s a video of me in our kitchen, showing you how to make our best pizza sauce recipe.

Top 10 ways to serve it!

Of course, the best way to serve this easy pizza sauce recipe is ON PIZZA! Alex and I have used this recipe in countless pizza recipes. Here are our favorite pizza recipes that use it:

  1. Best Margherita Pizza
  2. Homemade Cheese Pizza
  3. Best Healthy Pizza
  4. Our Best Vegan Pizza
  5. Veggie Supreme Pizza
  6. Mediterranean Pizza
  7. Breakfast Pizza
  8. Veggie & Avocado Pizza
  9. Perfect Neapolitan Style Pizza
  10. Easy Calzone Recipe
Margherita pizza cooked on pizza stone
Best Margherita Pizza is made perfect with this pizza sauce recipe!

This pizza sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Pizza sauce

Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe (5 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 cups 1x

Description

Looking for an easy pizza sauce recipe? This one gets rave reviews: it uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes in a blender!


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Ingredients

  • 15 ounces crushed fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic (1/2 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Cut the garlic into a few rough pieces (no need to mince it).
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until fully combined. (This pizza sauce is Italian-style, which has a slightly runnier texture than American style pizza sauce. See the video for the desired texture!)

Notes

*If at all possible, try to find fire roasted tomatoes! They’re available at many mainstream groceries these days and have a mellow, sweet flavor. If you absolutely cannot find them, use a high quality brand of crushed tomatoes.

Inspired by Flour Water Salt Yeast

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pizza Sauce, Easy Pizza Sauce, Pizza Sauce Recipe, Best Pizza Sauce, Homemade Pizza Sauce, Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Last updated: December 2019

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

30 Comments

  • Reply
    Ruth Erwin
    September 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

    We had friends over for a make your own pizza party this weekend – I tried this sauce (instead of my typical store bought) and everyone loved it! It was so easy to make. I’m never buying pizza sauce again!

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      Sonja
      September 3, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Ooo we are so glad it was a hit! Thank you so much for trying it and that makes our day!

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    Neil
    September 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I like to simmer the ingredients together for half an hour or so, then use an immersion blender. I cook the garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes then add the rest of the ingredients: and I also like the flavor that thyme brings, so I use that as well as oregano.

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      Sonja
      September 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      That sounds delicious! We’ve tried cooked sauces but have never found one we love. We’ll have to try your version! What tomatoes do you use?

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    Sabrina
    September 3, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I understand the inspiration from visiting Italy and love how you capture that in this pizza recipe and love artisan recipes, thank you

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      Sonja
      September 3, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for reading!

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    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    September 3, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Cannot wait to try this; love how simple this is!! I always have these ingredients on hand to…perfect! :)

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    Darlene Enns-Dyck
    September 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    How would you do this with fresh tomatoes??

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    Darlene Enns-Dyck
    September 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    If I were using fresh tomatoes, should I crush them in a blender and cook them for a few minutes?

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      Sonja
      November 17, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Good question! We typically don’t use fresh tomatoes in our tomato sauce, but you can! Most recipes I’ve looked up do what you suggested but cook the tomatoes for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If you can, I’d use canned here and then put fresh tomatoes on top! (Thinly sliced or seeded and diced, since they do release some water when cooked)

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        Martha
        January 1, 2020 at 10:51 am

        Hi Sonja I made the sauce but tweaked it a bit. I used what I had on hand, a can of crushed tomatoes,but I drained the liquid From the tomatoes. Next I fire roasted 4 Roma tomatoes I had on hand drained them the juice and blended it all along with the rest of the ingredients. Delicious! Not runny at all .someday I will experience an actual Margherita pizza in Italy, til then this will work. Thanks.

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    Ashleigh
    November 17, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Hi! I’ve never been a commenter but I love your site and your cookbook. I always thought fire-roasted meant spicy, is that not true? Thank you for helping us to bring healthy food to the table!

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      Sonja
      November 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! No, actually fire-roasted is not spicy at all! It does seem that way :) Fire roasting is just a way to cook the tomatoes that really brings out the sweetness. Their flavor is a lot more developed than most canned tomatoes. If you can’t find them you can just do crushed, but we love the flavor of fire roasted here!

  • Reply
    Allison
    March 13, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This pizza sauce was amazing, never buying store bought sauce again.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      We are SO glad to hear it! Thank you so much for trying it out!

  • Reply
    andrea
    May 27, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Should you drain the tomatoes first? My sauce was very thin and not sure if that was the issue. Thanks

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      Alex
      May 27, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      Hi! No, you shouldn’t need to drain them. I wonder if your can just had extra liquid?

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      Sonja
      May 28, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Andrea, could you let us know if you remember: what brand and type of tomatoes did you use?

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      Anonymous
      June 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Mine also turned out very thin. I used Kroger fire roasted diced tomatoes (the only fire roasted tomatoes I could find). It tastes great! Just thin.

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        Sonja
        June 22, 2019 at 4:08 pm

        Hey, thanks for the note! As I noted above, this pizza sauce is intended to be Italian-style, which might be a little runnier than you’re used to from store bought versions that are American style. Would you be able to take a look at the video and see if it turned out runnier than shown in the video? Then it seems it would be due to the runniness of the tomato brand — which can vary greatly!

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    Kris
    June 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I ended up adding almost an entire can of tomato paste. It tasted fine, just was thin and anemic looking. I guess either we are used to a more robust sauce or my fire roasted tomatoes were weak.. Once I did that though, it was great! I used Hunt’s fire roasted tomatoes..

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    Sonja
    June 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the note! This pizza sauce is intended to be Italian-style, which might be a little runnier than you’re used to from store bought versions that are American style. Would you be able to take a look at the video and see if it turned out runnier than shown in the video? Then it seems it would be due to the runniness of the tomato brand — which can vary greatly!

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    Kris
    June 30, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Yes, mine was quite a bit runnier than video. I will try a different brand – or strain and reserve the liquid from the tomatoes and add as needed to get the consistency.

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    Laura Adams
    March 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Made the sauce, delicious. So easy to make. Never using jar sauce again. I usally have all the ingredients on hand. Very much like Italian sauce

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      March 29, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    sheri
    April 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Since I didn’t have fire roasted tomatoes, I added a splash of balsamic. I too added a can of tomato paste and a little more herbs.

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    Austin
    April 21, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Can you provide a source for fire-roasted crushed tomatoes? It seems they’re rarer than unicorns. I’ve tried five grocery stores and three large online retailers, including Amazon. They all have diced fire-roasted tomatoes, but my understanding is that diced tomatoes are treated with calcium chloride to help maintain shape. Where are you purchasing crushed, fire-roasted tomatoes?

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 21, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      We can find them at Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme grocery in Indianapolis. Usually the crushed are in the smaller 14-ounce cans. Muir Glen has a locator on their website as well: https://www.muirglen.com/find-us/

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    Austin
    April 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks! Maybe the pandemic is causing supply chain problems in our area. It’s also inspiring us to make lots of pizza.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      April 21, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      I find that there’s a lot of variability on what tomatoes different stores stock as well. Enjoy the pizza!

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