Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce [+ Video]


Are you looking for a homemade Quick and Easy pizza sauce recipe that tastes not only just as good as your favorite pizzeria but in fact it’s even better? This is it!


Can Pizza Sauce be Used as Pasta Sauce?

Pasta sauce usually has more water and less pulp. … Pizza sauce is usually uncooked canned tomato, with a touch of basil oregano salt and sometimes garlic.

These are the same ingredients used to prepare the spaghetti sauce: so, yes you can.


Are you looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes not only just as good as your favorite pizzeria but in fact it's even better? This is it!


Over the years we’ve discovered that not all pizza sauce is created equal. There are definitely a few brands that I just don’t love their sauce, and we aren’t just talking Pizza Delivery, but store bought as well. They just aren’t right. We wanted to find an easy to make pizza sauce recipe that still tasted amazing even if it didn’t simmer on the stove for 3 days and have shipped from Italy tomatoes and herbs.


We found it. A homemade quick and easy pizza sauce recipe you can fall in love with.


We love this homemade quick and easy pizza sauce recipe because if we’re in a hurry we can use it right away and it only takes 5 minutes to make, but if we have time, we let it simmer for up to a couple of hours and the flavor just gets better and better.


Are you looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes not only just as good as your favorite pizzeria but in fact it's even better? This is it!


We’ve been practicing and practicing to find our perfect homemade pizza sauce recipe, so let’s get into how to make it.


How Long Will Pizza Sauce Keep in the Fridge?

Tomato-based sauces are only good for five days to a week.

Don’t wait for the mold to form.

In many cases, you won’t see the mold in the sauce after five days, but it actually could be there.


Are you looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes not only just as good as your favorite pizzeria but in fact it's even better? This is it!


How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

This sauce is not spicy like some restaurants do. That’s just not my style. I mean, a little kick is fine, and please feel free to give it a little more oomph if you need it, but this sauce is just magical perfection. I literally dipped a spoon and sampled a few times because it was so good. And it’s a quick and easy pizza sauce so you don’t have to stress!


Which Le Creuset to Buy

It all starts out with blooming your spices. Start with a little oil in a dutch oven or pot. You all know that we prefer to use a 2qt round dutch oven by Le Creuset because that coated cast iron turns out the perfect sauce every time and it’s the perfect size.



Adding your spices straight to the oil and butter brings them into contact with the heat which opens up their flavor even more.




Now it’s just a matter of dumping in tomato sauce, paste and surprisingly, water. Water helps to mellow out the tomato sauce a bit. Obviously fresh tomato sauce or paste would be best, but I’m a mom and don’t have time to always make fresh everything.

The Best Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Oh my goodness, and the smell.  It is intoxicating. Cade walked in and came crawling into the kitchen begging to know what smelled so amazing. I love when he does that.


And the best part is he actually finished the sauce and made it amazing with his secret ingredient, cheese. I swear, dairy makes the world go round. If ever in doubt, add a little cheese, right? A little parmesan made all the difference and now I’ll never have a store bought pizza sauce again, it’s all about the best homemade quick and easy pizza sauce recipe ever!



Perfect Pepperoni Pizza

We tested the sauce, the dough, the cheese and even what the secret is to perfect pepperoni pizza and then told you all about it!


Want the perfect recipe for pepperoni Pizza that tastes as good as your favorite takeout- Click through! ohsweetbasil.com


Garlic Cheesy Bread

You don’t have to ask me twice, this garlic cheesy bread is something I could eat all day every day! 
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Other Italian Sauce Recipes

Looking for more Italian Sauce recipes? Who doesn’t love Italian sauces!?  Make sure you try these out the next time you are making that Italian dish: 

Here are a few more yummy saucy pasta dishes that our family loves: 


Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

Are you looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes not only just as good as your favorite pizzeria but in fact it's even better? This is it!
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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Are you looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes not only just as good as your favorite pizzeria but in fact it's even better? This is it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: 50+ Homemade Condiment Recipes
Keyword: pizza, pizza sauce, recipe, sauce, tomatoes
Servings: 1 Quart Mason Jar of Sauce
Calories: 1135kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 2 Teaspoons Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter optional or sub more olive oil if you're being healthier
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 3/4 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1/4-1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Basil (I think the Gourmet Gardens tube from the produce department tastes better in this sauce) chopped *3/4 teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Oregano chopped *1/2 Dried
  • 2- 8 oz Cans of Tomato Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 5 Tablespoons Fresh Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Warm Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter and heat until almost shimmering.
  • Add the garlic, stirring a few times around the pot and then quickly add the onion powder, red pepper flakes, basil and oregano.
  • Stir a few times and allow the herbs to bloom.
  • Add Parmesan Cheese, and brown sugar and then quickly dump in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and water.
  • Stir to combine and bring to a light boil.
  • Turn down to low, season to taste and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours for ultimate flavor or use immediately if needed.



This sauce can be stored in a sealed mason jar for up to 3 weeks.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1135kcal | Carbohydrates: 150.6g | Protein: 57.1g | Cholesterol: 48.2mg | Fiber: 38.6g | Sugar: 96.5g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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211 comments on “Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce [+ Video]”

  1. 5 stars
    Can I replace Fresh Parmesan Cheese? I don’t like the taste of it (just a little). I want to make this dish over the weekend

  2. This is a delicious sauce, and *very* forgiving. I only had fresh and canned tomatoes, so used them. After only a bit of cooking, it’s ready to go. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I made your sauce for pizza and it was delicious! I will never buy sauce again! I plan on making more to freeze while i have fresh herbs in my garden. Shared with my daughter who is a red sauce fanatic. 

  4. 5 stars
    This is REALLY good pizza sauce! And so easy.

  5. 5 stars
    Good pizza sauce! I used it on the grilled pizza dough from this site. My family loved it!

  6. 5 stars
    I just made this for the first time, and I can’t believe what a difference it made! I made
    it exactly as the recipe was written, and it was delicious! I will never make another pizza without this sauce.

  7. I couldn’t sleep last night & was hungry, so at 11pm I decided to make a Detroit Style Pizza. In my search for a pizza sauce your site jumped out at me, & your sauce made my first attempt at a 100% homemade pizza a SUCCESS! When you “bloom” the garlic & seasonings in the oil & butter, the aroma informs your senses that you have found the “right” sauce!  The only change I made was to add a tad more sugar, used no salt, because I HAVE to watch acidic foods. Since I had to wait 2 hours for my dough to rise, I kept the sauce on a low simmer & at 2am I was enjoying a pizza that, according to my adult daughter (whom I woke up with the mixer going at midnight) was better then half the pizzerias in our area!  This sauce tasted great after 15 minutes, & even richer after 2 hrs (just watch how thick you want your sauce, you may need to add a touch more water)! My taste buds thank you so much!!!

    • Rebecca…you’ve made my day! Seriously! I have this vision of your making pizza in the middle of the night and it is the best! So glad you enjoyed this sauce! It really is the best!

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  9. Can you freeze this sauce and if so, how long can it be frozen for?

  10. Recipe looks amazing, but by cans of tomato sauce does it mean tinned tomatoes or something like Passata? I’ve never seen tinned tomato sauce before 

    • Hey Nadia! I had to research what Passata is, but yes, that is similar to tomato sauce here in the US. It’s a little thicker than our tomato sauce so you may need to add a little water to dilute it. You’re going to love this sauce!!

  11. I’m going to try this for a “Build & Grill Your On Pie” party.  I’m hoping the calorie count is per serving!

  12. Hi, I really want to try making this, but I’m worried about the water making it too runny.  Shouldn’t pizza sauce be thicker?  Would it taste different if I left the water out?  Or just use less?  Also, would using crushed tomatoes instead of the sauce change the recipe too much?  TIA

    • You need the water in it to get the right consistency. It eventually cooks out as it simmers and it ends up being quite thick if you see in the pictures. Using crushed tomatoes should work great. It will just be a little chunkier. Enjoy!

  13. I looked at a lot of recipes for pizza sauce and this one looks the best. However, I don’t think that the nutritional information is correct. Your yield and serving size is 1 quart. I plugged this into My Fitness Pal and the total recipe is only 567 calories. So I don’t know how you get to 1135 calories. Unless you are making a deep dish, and even then a serving is probably 150 calories at most if the serving size is about 1 cup. On the subject of nutritional information your information does not list sodium. This recipe made with regular tomato sauce has 1000 mg of sodium per serving. I’d like to cut that down if possible, maybe low sodium tomato sauce, then salt to taste.

  14. Mmm this pizza sauce looks awesome and so nourishing!

  15. It’s great sauce recipe, thank you for sharing this recipe, great combination with pizza