Looking for a quick and easy homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes even better than your local pizzeria’s? This pizza sauce from scratch is just that!

A black bowl of pizza sauce. The sauce is sprinkled with cheese and herbs.

The BEST Pizza Sauce From Scratch

Over the years we’ve discovered that not all pizza sauce is created equal. There are definitely a few brands whose sauce I just don’t love, 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 homemade pizza sauce recipe that still tasted amazing even if it didn’t simmer on the stove for three days and have ingredients that were shipped from Italy.

Guess what? We found it. A homemade, quick and easy pizza sauce recipe you’ll fall in love with.

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

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 in this pizza sauce from scratch, and now I’ll never have a store-bought pizza sauce again!

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

A black bowl containing pizza sauce. Cheese and herbs are sprinkled on top of the sauce and fresh basil is in the background.

Homemade Pizza Sauce Ingredients

This pizza sauce from tomato paste and tomato sauce requires primarily pantry staples. Here’s what I used in this pizza sauce recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh basil and oregano
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Brown sugar
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make Pizza Sauce From Scratch

It all starts out with blooming your spices. Start with a little oil in a dutch oven or pot. Adding your garlic and spices straight to the oil and butter brings them into contact with the heat, which opens up their flavor even more.

Then it’s just a matter of dumping in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, cheese, and 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.

Bring the pizza sauce to a light boil and use immediately, or let it simmer for 1 to 2 hours to let the flavors really develop.

read more: Want to switch up your pizza recipe? Try using our Simple Pesto Recipe instead of red sauce! 

How Long Does Pizza Sauce Last?

Tomato-based sauces are only good for 5 days to a week. Don’t wait for the mold to form. In many cases, you won’t see the mold in the pizza sauce after five days, but it actually could be there.

Can You Freeze Pizza Sauce?

Yes, we like to make a big batch of homemade pizza sauce and often freeze the leftovers. Simply freeze it in an airtight container and it will last for up to 3 months.

Can I Omit the Brown Sugar?

Technically yes, but we recommend leaving in the small amount of brown sugar since it helps balance out the acidity in the tomatoes.

Tips for Making the Best Pizza Sauce

You all know that we prefer to use a 2qt round dutch oven by Le Creuset because that coated cast iron makes for the best pizza sauce every time and it’s the perfect size for this recipe.

Note that this pizza sauce is not spicy like some restaurants do. That’s just not my style. But please feel free to give it a little more oomph if you need it.

You can use fresh or dried herbs in this pizza sauce recipe. Fresh herbs are better if you know you’ll be eating this pizza sauce immediately and don’t have time to let it simmer for an hour.

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A bowl of homemade pizza sauce. The sauce is sprinkled with cheese and fresh herbs. Fresh basil and herbs are on the table next to the pizza sauce.

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A bowl of homemade pizza sauce. Cheese and herbs are sprinkled on top.

Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

4.33 from 169 votes
Servings: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


Looking for a quick and easy homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes even better than your local pizzeria's? This pizza sauce from scratch is just that! 


  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, optional (or sub more olive oil)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Basil, chopped (or 3/4 teaspoon Dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Oregano, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon Dried)
  • 5 Tablespoons Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cans Tomato Sauce, 8oz cans
  • 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 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.
    2 teaspoons Olive oil, 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Add the garlic, stirring a few times around the pot. Then, quickly add the onion powder, red pepper flakes, basil, and oregano.
    4 Cloves Garlic, 1 3/4 teaspoons Onion Powder, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Basil, 1 teaspoon Fresh Oregano
  • Stir a few times and allow the herbs to bloom.
  • Add Parmesan cheese and brown sugar, then quickly dump in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water.
    2 Cans Tomato Sauce, 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste, 5 Tablespoons Fresh Parmesan Cheese, 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar, 2/3 Cup Warm Water
  • Stir to combine and bring to a light boil.
  • Turn the heat down to low, season to taste, and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours for ultimate flavor or use immediately if needed.
    Salt and Pepper


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


Serving: 1gCalories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 510mgPotassium: 332mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 50+ Homemade Condiment Recipes
Cuisine: Italian

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