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This homemade pizza sauce recipe is full of zingy, garlicky flavor and gets rave reviews! It uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes: there’s no cooking required.

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Making a pizza? Here’s the go-to recipe you need: this homemade pizza sauce recipe! All you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. Dip your spoon in, and you’ll be amazed at the flavor: it’s garlicky, rich, tangy and bright.

Why we love this recipe: This pizza sauce is one of our most-used on this website: we’ve made it more times than we can count. The garlicky, tangy flavor can’t be beat, and it’s beyond simple to make. Once you try it, you’ll never go back. Come, experience the magic!

“Absolutely delicious and totally easy. I’ve been making it for years now, so it’s time to show my love with a 5 star rating. Had a pizza party with friends and they loved the sauce so much we put it on the table to drizzle on our slices!” -Leila

Ingredients in this pizza sauce recipe

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

  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes: Try to find this type of canned tomato if at all possible! Roasting tomatoes over an open flame adds a mellow, sweet flavor. Several brands carry this special type of tomato. If you can’t find them, use the highest quality crushed tomatoes you can find: San Marzano tomatoes are a good substitute. Double check that the can says crushed before purchasing.
  • 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. This is important so that the sauce doesn’t end up too garlicky.
  • Dried oregano: Make sure to use dried oregano that’s fairly new so that the flavor is strong enough. If it’s been in your cabinet over 1 year, it’s time for a refresh!
  • Olive oil and salt: Use extra virgin olive oil, and no recipe is complete without a pop of kosher salt.

Pro tip

Keep one thing in mind about this pizza sauce: it has a loose texture that’s similar to what’s use in a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Don’t expect it to be like canned American pizza sauce, which can have extra ingredients like sugar and thickeners like cornstarch. Use a very thin layer of it on top of the pizza dough.

Margherita pizza with pizza sauce and pizza cutter.

How to make homemade pizza sauce

How to make homemade pizza sauce? Many methods simmer the sauce on the stovetop. But after loads of testing, we found that fire roasted tomatoes make it possible to mix right up without cooking. Every time we make it, when I dip my spoon into that beautiful red sauce, it’s beyond my wildest dreams. We used to make it in a blender, but it works simply mixed by hand too! Here are the steps:

Garlic

Step 1: Peel and finely mince the garlic. Or if you’re using the blender method, peel the garlic clove and slice it into a few rough pieces.

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Step 2: Mix the garlic with crushed fire roasted tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, and salt until the olive oil incorporates. Or, throw them in a blender and then blend until fully combined.

Homemade pizza

Step 3: Spread a very thin layer of the pizza sauce onto your favorite pizza dough recipe.

It’s as simple as that. Take a taste, and you’ll be amazed by the flavor! We’ve had countless people tell us that it’s the best pizza sauce they’ve ever had.

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Ways to use this pizza sauce

Use this easy pizza sauce recipe on any of your favorite pizza recipes! You can also use it as a dipping sauce for grilled cheese or breadsticks, in baked pasta, or for a pizza quesadilla. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

  1. Pizza like classic Margherita pizza, goat cheese pizza, homemade cheese pizza, or any of these popular pizza toppings.
  2. Sheet-style pizza like sheet pan pizza that makes two pizzas at once, or fluffy focaccia pizza.
  3. Deep dish pizza like cast iron pizza or pan pizza.
  4. Dipping sauce for this easy calzone recipe or grilled cheese dippers.
  5. Quick pizzas like tortilla pizza, pita pizza, naan pizza, or French bread pizza.
  6. Alternative pizzas like portobello mushroom pizza or eggplant pizzas.

Dietary notes

This pizza sauce recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.

Frequently asked questions

Why make no-cook pizza sauce?

There are several advantages! It’s quicker and easier than cooked sauces, requires minimal ingredients, and allows the fresh flavors of the tomatoes to shine through. Additionally, cooking pizza sauce can make it lose its vibrant color and acidity.

Isn’t no-cook sauce too watery for pizza?

Fire-roasted tomatoes have a thicker consistency and more concentrated flavor than regular canned tomatoes. They offer the perfect base for a no-cook sauce that won’t leave your pizza soggy.

What kind of fire-roasted tomatoes should I use?

Crushed fire-roasted tomatoes work well. Don’t substitute diced unless you run the sauce through a blender first.

I don’t have fire-roasted tomatoes. Can I use regular canned tomatoes?

You can, but the flavor won’t be as rich and flavorful. Opt for high-quality canned tomatoes like San Marzano tomatoes, and consider adding a pinch of smoked paprika to mimic the fire-roasted flavor.

What herbs can I add to this sauce?

Finely minced fresh basil is a classic addition, but oregano, thyme, or a pinch of red pepper flakes are also delicious options.

How much garlic is too much garlic?

Garlic preference is subjective, but 1 small clove should be enough for a flavorful yet balanced sauce.

How long can I store leftover sauce?

Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Pizza sauce recipe

Pizza Sauce Recipe (5 Minutes!)


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5 from 19 reviews

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ½ cups 1x

Description

This homemade pizza sauce recipe gets rave reviews! It uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes: no cooking required.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 15 ounces crushed fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic (1/2 medium clove)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Scant ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Finely mince the garlic (or if using the blender method, simply chop it into a few rough pieces).
  2. Stir together all ingredients in a bowl until the oil incorporates. Or, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until fully combined (this makes a slightly runnier textured sauce). 
  3. To serve, spread a very thin layer of sauce on top of pizza dough, keeping in mind that this sauce has a loose texture that’s similar to what’s used in a traditional Neapolitan pizza or Margherita pizza. (Don’t expect it to be like canned American pizza sauce, which can have extra ingredients like sugar and thickeners like cornstarch.) Store refrigerated for 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.

Notes

Recipe inspired by Flour Water Salt Yeast

*Fire roasted tomatoes are key to the flavor! 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: San Marzano tomatoes are a good substitute. Do not use diced tomatoes, unless you use the blender method for the sauce. 

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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75 Comments

  1. Cecily Hobbs says:

    Love pizzas. Going to do my own for first time today.the Margharetti 1.hope it will b good.using canned tomato.Thank u for all the tips. Saving them.

    1. So glad! Let us know what you think. Hope you love the pizza sauce!

  2. Renata says:

    We absolutely love your pizza sauce recipe. So easy and so delicious. It just wouldn’t be pizza night without it!






  3. Susan Locascio says:

    I have been making homemade pizza all my life. I went out and bought a pizza stone just to make this. I think I found my new pizza recipe! Delicious!

  4. Leila Reynolds says:

    Absolutely delicious and totally easy. I see this hasn’t been rated lately, and since I’ve been making it for years now, it’s time to show my love. Had a pizza party with friends the other evening and they loved the sauce so much we put it on the table to drizzle on our slices. The only caveat is that unless you have a pizza oven (I preheat a cast iron skillet in our home oven to 500F skillet), too much of this sauce could result in a soggy pizza. For the record, I use Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes.






    1. Thank you for the comment! So kind :) Glad you are loving it!

  5. Doug Armey says:

    First, I want to say how much I enjoy your website. It’s the first place I look for recipes whether cocktails, grilling or now pizza.

    Quick question on the pizza sauce. If I don’t have a clove of garlic on hand can I use garlic powder? And if so how much?

    Thanks and keep those recipes coming.

    Duyg






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Thank you!

      Yes, you could use 1/4 tsp garlic powder, but the fresh is really a lot better :)

  6. Mary says:

    This pizza sauce is soo delicious. The fire-roasted tomatoes are what make it so good. Don’t skimp on this. FYI – if you can’t find them in your local grocery store, you can order them in bulk on Amazon (at a lower cost than in the store). Please keep the great recipes coming! Every recipe of yours that I make is delicious.






  7. MARLAINE Dennehy says:

    Thank you for this recipe we loved it.






  8. Mary Eileen Kungl says:

    Every recipe of yours that I try is delicious – and also very easy to make! This is no exception. Thank you.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Thank you!

  9. Rylee Gregoire says:

    Great Sonja & Alex, I will ask God that your pair should always be safe so that I can learn to make some recipes every day from your website






  10. Honey says:

    This is a great recipe. I always add sugar (or Splenda) when I’m making anything with tomato sauce. So I added about a teaspoon of Splenda to this. I think it rounds out the flavor by balancing the acidic nature of the tomatoes. Love how simple and healthy it is! Thanks so much.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoy!

  11. Avern Williams says:

    Hi there. First of all, thank you so much for the recipe. You refer to a video for this several times, but I can’t find a link. Am I just missing something? Thanks again.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! It appears after the popup video ad.

  12. Rylee Gregoire says:

    This very easy chicken recipe is a delicious, safe, and meal to enjoy with any holiday.






  13. Courtney A says:

    Is there any chance you have tried making a similar sauce without olive oil? My daughter is allergic to olives and their oils.. wondering if canola oil may work as a substitute?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      That should work!

  14. Fran Fusco says:

    This sauce was not only easy but amazing! I made a double batch, one for my pizza and will use the leftover on penna pasta! I can’t wait to have it for dinner! Thank you so much
    Regards
    Fran






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed!

  15. Camila Gregoire says:

    This pizza sauce was amazing






  16. M herkins says:

    Excellent fast and easy! Thanks






  17. Laura says:

    Just tried this recipe and I must say that is a Great pizza sauce. Yummy!






  18. Shelly says:

    This is the best pizza sauce ever. My family also raved and said it was the best Magherita pizza I ever made. I have no doubt this sauce was the secret.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  19. Christie says:

    Hi! The recipe says to “see video” for thicker pizza sauce, but I didn’t hear any direction for thickening the sauce. Love your recipe, but would like a thicker pizza sauce.

    Thank you!!






    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hi there! The video simply shows the desired texture of this sauce, which is Italian style and not as thick as a traditional American sauce. However, it’s incredibly tasty! If you’d like a sauce closer to American-style, add 1 to 2 tablespoons tomato paste to the blender (to taste).

  20. Michael says:

    I love, love, love this recipe. It’s so simple and so delicious. I usually add a teaspoon of sugar as my small kids prefer it and it’s perfect.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoy it!

  21. Melaney says:

    I made this pizza sauce last night and it was excellent. Everyone loved it. I will definitely be using this sauce now whenever I made pizzas. It was so easy to make!






  22. Jane says:

    This is now my go to pizza sauce. Love it. Even if I use regular canned tomatoes, it still tastes excellent.

  23. Tameka Rand says:

    DELICIOUS!!! So Easy to Make!!! Made the pizza so Enjoyable; every bite!!!

  24. Jose says:

    That sauce was really f@!*ing good.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Ha! Glad you loved it :)

  25. Peter Dyck says:

    Hi Sonja, your presentations are interesting. I am on a sodium restricted diet. As a result, years ago, I started fire roasting my own tomatoes and peppers on a propane grill. I like them better than canned. I also swap some organic dried kelp pellets for the salt. I do like the southern European styles of pizza much better than North American styles. I like the minimalist approach to both their dough and their toppings. We were supposed to spend a month in Italy last summer, but….hopefully next summer. I do have cooking classes lined up there. Keep up the good work. Peter

  26. Phyllis Paetznick says:

    Hi Sonja,
    So fun to find your recipe and video. I’m a good friend of your parents. I loved how easy this recipe was. I’m a big fan of fire roasted tomatoes too. Yummy sauce. Definitely a keeper.
    Thanks Phyllis

  27. thy says:

    Hi! What blender are you using? I was worried my vitamix might be too strong.. perhaps the immersion blender? thanks!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! We make this with a standard blender and a vitamix with the same results. Just don’t blend it for too long :)

  28. Leah says:

    Hello! How do you store leftover sauce per your recipe? And how long is it good for in the fridge/freezer?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      This lasts for 1 week refrigerated and 3 months frozen! We’ve updated the recipe.

  29. Austin says:

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

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

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

  30. Austin says:

    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?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      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/

  31. sheri says:

    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.

  32. Laura Adams says:

    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

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  33. Kris says:

    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.

  34. Sonja says:

    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!

  35. Kris says:

    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..

  36. andrea says:

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

    1. Alex says:

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

    2. Sonja says:

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

    3. Anonymous says:

      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. Sonja says:

        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!

  37. Allison says:

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

    1. Sonja says:

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

  38. Ashleigh says:

    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. Sonja says:

      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!

      1. Michael Lovell says:

        Wow how easy was this and good to. Thank you






  39. Darlene Enns-Dyck says:

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

    1. Sonja says:

      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. Martha says:

        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.

    2. Carol says:

      I peel, seed, and freeze my fresh tomatoes in fall. I used those to make this recipe. I simmered the tomatoes until they reached the desired consistency. Since they were not fire roasted I added some smoked paprika. I used about a 1/4 tsp for a half batch. it was really good but next time I will use a bit less.

      This is a delicious, fast, versatile recipe. Thank you Sonja and Alex for sharing it.






  40. Darlene Enns-Dyck says:

    How would you do this with fresh tomatoes??

  41. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite says:

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

  42. Sabrina says:

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

    1. Sonja says:

      Thanks for reading!

  43. Neil says:

    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. Sonja says:

      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?

  44. Ruth Erwin says:

    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!

    1. Sonja says:

      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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