Homemade Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Looking for an easy pizza sauce recipe? This Italian homemade pizza sauce will amp your pizza game to a new level, and it comes together in just 5 minutes!

Homemade easy pizza sauce recipe | Italian pizza sauce recipe

Eleven years ago Alex and I honeymooned in Italy, in Rome and on 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 that time, we’ve perfected our Perfect Pizza Dough recipe, sharing it here and in our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking! One thing we didn’t have, though, was an easy pizza sauce recipe: until now. We used to use crushed San Marzano tomatoes straight out of the can, but recently we developed a method for homemade pizza sauce that was too good not to share. It’s just 5 ingredients and takes 5 minutes! Typically we hate the word “easy” since it can be misleading, but this one is truly an easy pizza sauce recipe. Keep reading for how to make it.

Related: Everything you need to know about making artisan pizza

Watch how to make our easy pizza sauce recipe

Here’s a video of me in our kitchen, showing you how to make our new pizza sauce recipe!

How to make homemade pizza sauce

This homemade pizza sauce is truly easy. As I mentioned above, Alex and I don’t love the word easy. With cooking, we’ve found there are rarely recipes that are “easy.” Simple, yes. To us, simple can mean a simple concept that involves several steps to get great flavor. But easy? There aren’t too many things in the kitchen that are easy. But this recipe is an easy pizza sauce recipe: we promise.

There are just 5 ingredients in this easy pizza sauce recipe. It requires no cooking, just blending. However, there are a few notes to understand before attempting this in your kitchen:

  • Fire roasted canned tomatoes: Our easy pizza sauce uses fire roasted canned tomatoes as the base of the recipe. If at all possible, try to find fire roasted tomatoes! They’re available at many mainstream groceries these days, and fire roasting brings a mellow, sweet flavor to the tomatoes. If you can’t find them, use the highest quality crushed tomatoes you can find.
  • Small garlic clove: Garlic cloves widely vary in size. This recipe calls for a small clove — watch the video if you’re new to garlic clove sizes. If you don’t have a small clove, slice a medium garlic clove in half. Some garlic heads have gigantic garlic cloves: we’d do a quarter of a very large clove. This is important so that your sauce doesn’t end up too garlicky.
  • Dried oregano: Make sure to use dried oregano that’s fairly fresh. If it’s been in your cabinet over 1 year, it’s time for a refresh!
  • Olive oil: As in all of our recipes, use extra virgin olive oil. Always.

Homemade easy pizza sauce recipe | Italian pizza sauce recipe

How to serve this easy pizza sauce recipe

Of course, the best way to serve this easy pizza sauce recipe is ON PIZZA! If you’re looking to have a homemade pizza night, we have lots of resources, including:

Looking for more recipes to use this easy pizza sauce recipe on? Here are some of our favorite recipes where you can use our homemade pizza sauce:

Homemade easy pizza sauce recipe | Italian pizza sauce recipe

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This easy pizza sauce recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Homemade easy pizza sauce recipe | Italian pizza sauce recipe

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe


1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 cups
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Looking for an easy pizza sauce recipe? This Italian homemade pizza sauce will amp your pizza game to a new level, and it comes together in just 5 minutes!


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

Cut the garlic into a few rough pieces (no need to mince it).

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until fully combined.

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

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

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.

9 Comments

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    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.

    • Reply
      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?

  • Reply
    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

    • Reply
      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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