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!)


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 ½ 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!


Ingredients

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  • 15 ounces crushed fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic (1/2 medium)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Scant ½ 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!) Store refrigerated for 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.

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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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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?

    1. 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)

      1. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  5. 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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