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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Our homemade pizza sauce recipe is simple to make and absolutely delicious on a variety of pizzas. This sauce recipe is perfect for a fun night of making your own pizzas and gives you a chance to make your own pizza sauce at home.

This is a canned pizza sauce recipe that anyone can make in just a few minutes. We infused dried Italian herbs and a dash of seasoning salt to bring out a robust, aromatic flavor that balances the bright tomato base.

Making your own pizza sauce from scratch is a cost effective way to enjoy this familiar comfort food. It also gives you the ability to make the sauce however you like it, while cutting out unnecessary ingredients found in store bought sauces such as extra sugars, preservatives, dyes and more.

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Make this Italian style pizza sauce recipe in a few minutes

We have a large library of homemade pizza recipes on the blog that are all delicious with this sauce recipe. Our Italian herb crust makes a scrumptious pizza pie, the cauliflower crust pairs wonderfully with this sauce for a low carb pizza option, and our rich sourdough discard crust recipe is always a favorite.

If you aren’t sure how to make pizza sauce, this is a great beginner recipe because there is no cooking or prep involved. The result is a tasty red sauce that can be enjoyed on your own homemade pizzas, pasta dinners, as a dipping sauce to your favorite appetizers, or a soup base.

What is a common sauce for pizza?

A red marinara sauce is the most popular sauce that you will find on pizza. The tomato and herb sauce has become iconic as the standard sauce to dress most pizza pies. There can be many variations to a simple red sauce, here are some other sauces that you can find on pizzas.

  • Pesto sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Garlic alfredo sauce
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Olive oil and herb drizzles
  • Hot red pepper sauces
  • Hot honey infused sauces

Learning howto make pizza sauce is pretty easy, and once you have a favorite style you can experiment and learn new ways to enjoy your homemade pizzas! The sauce really can transform a standard pizza pie and make it stand out.

Can you use other sauces on pizza?

Yes, you can get very creative in the choice of sauce that you use for your homemade pizza. Spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, even your favorite pasta sauce can be used as a base for your pizza pie.

You can change up the flavor by adding extra herbs, seasonings, and other ingredients to make it unique to fit the flavor profile that you desire for your pizza.

This is a tomato sauce recipe

Our recipe takes a simple tomato sauce and transforms it into a robust sauce that is perfect for any form of pizza. By combining tomato sauce with tomato paste and adding extra herbs and seasonings, we made our own pizza pie sauce that tastes just a flavorful as any store bought variety.

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Homemade pizza sauce

What gives pizza sauce its distinct flavor?

The flavor that is most distinct and recognizable with pizza comes from traditional Italian herbs like dried basil, dried oregano, and various other aromatics. Those familiar flavors are the reason a simple tomato sauce can be transformed into a delicious pizza sauce.

The presence of these rich herbs make the sauce taste better, and bring depth to the pizzas that all know and love.

Is pizza made with marinara or tomato sauce?

American style pizzas are made with a tomato based sauce which is why this recipe is so simple to make, and why the flavors are familiar and the texture robust and thick.

Tomato sauces and paste come together to create a thick, robust sauce that can be infused with herbs to make the traditional sauce that is enjoyed on these savory pies. We love how quick and easy it is to make this sauce and create a fun pizza making party at home!

Spreading Cheese On Pizza Dough
pizza with marinara sauce

Do you need to simmer the sauce first?

While it’s not necessary to simmer, or pre-cook the sauce first, it will help to develop the flavors and infuse the herbs into the sauce for a richer and more robust sauce. For this recipe we combine all of the ingredients and simmer in a small pot before spreading on the pizza.

Cooking the sauce before hand will also help to reduce the acidity that is noticeable in tomato based red sauces, so we definitely recommend cooking the sauce first.

How can you make your homemade pizza taste better?

There are some very important details and tips to be mindful of when making your own pizza at home. To get the best tasting pizza without going out, follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to learning how to make a delicious pizza pie.

  • Use fresh ingredients like peppers, tomatoes, onion, and garlic
  • Make the dough from scratch and be sure to season it
  • Keep the sauce simple
  • Use fresh cheese, not pre-shredded
  • Bake on a pizza stone or in a pizza oven
  • Preheat the pan for a crispier crust
  • Broil the toppings for a crusty finish

When we make pizza in the summer, It’s usually garden fresh tomatoes and peppers, onion and garlic. We add some fresh, high quality cheese, and pepperoni for a traditional pizza that rivals our favorite restaurant pizzas.

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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
Yield: 15 servings

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Wow. This homemade pizza sauce is so Flavorful and easy! Whip up a pizza crust, add your favorite toppings and dinner is served. This sauce makes a great base for marinara sauce, minestrone soup and plenty of other excellent recipes.


  • 2 14oz. can organic italian style tomato sauce
  • 1 6oz. can organic tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons italian seasonings
  • 1 Tablespoon johnny's garlic spread dry mix


  1. Put all ingredients into a medium sized pot on low temperature on your stove
  2. Stir thoroughly and let simmer 15 minutes or until pizza crust is baked
  3. Spread over the crust and add desired toppings
  4. Bake pizza as directed

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 25Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 278mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 1g

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