Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce


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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Homemade Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

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!


  • 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- 8oz 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


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter and heat until almost shimmering.
  2. Add the garlic, stirring a few times around the pot and then quickly add the onion powder, red pepper flakes, basil and oregano.
  3. Stir a few times and allow the herbs to bloom.
  4. Add Parmesan Cheese, and brown sugar and then quickly dump in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and water.
  5. Stir to combine and bring to a light boil.
  6. 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 Quart Mason Jar of Sauce, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 1135 Calories
  • Total Fat: 48.3g
  • Cholesterol: 48.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 150.6g
  • Fiber: 38.6g
  • Sugar: 96.5g
  • Protein: 57.1g
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Carrian Cheney

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

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  2. My Parents came from Italy back in the sixties and opened 3 pizzerias in New York. Sadly after they sold the business, at the time I was in my teens I went to work for a few upper westside joints in Manhattan. Of course, the recipes vary from place to place, however, the main integrant was never, ever cook the sauce. Yours has a little more ingredients than most but the flavor is there for a “dipping” sauce. Respectfully, Joseph.

  3. Making pizza tonight and noticed I didn’t have any pizza sauce and didn’t want to go to town to get some. I decided to attempt to make my own. Run across your recipe and decided to give it a try. Have it simmering now. Just tasted it and it tastes awesome! So glad I found this recipe!

    Thank you!!

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  6. I was looking for a fresh pizza sauce and a tasty one I came across this recipe. Oh my this is so good. I made as directed. My small town is seriously lacking in fresh herbs so I used dried it tasted very delicious but I wanted fresh basil as the sauce was just getting done I had a idea that I had frozen basil pesto in ice cube trays from a over abundance of basil from my garden last summer. I put one of those cubes in the sauce and let it melt in oh my goodness it took it way over top. Can’t wait for hubby to come home &try this. Thanks so much for sharing !

  7. Thank you so so much for posting this. It is very easy to make and tastes amazing. I hated making homemade pizza because all the store bought pizza sauces are just so bad. Problem solved 🙂

  8. Thank you for posting this awesome pizza sauce recipe 🙂 Made for a pizza party that we had at our home with friends and everyon devoured the pizza’s and especial complimented the fresh pizza sauce!! I got so many compliments 🙂 

  9. This sauce has a lot to live up to with the fabulous reviews. My grandkids are coming next weekend and they wanted to make pizzas so this is the sauce I will make and I cant wait. I can almost smell it cooking now. Thank you so much I will let you know how the kids love it as I know they will.

  10. This recipe isn’t just spectacular, it’s multipurpose! I made too much the first time, so I chopped up some onions, mushrooms, and other veggies to throw in the left overs for a killer spaghetti sauce.

    I do season it a bit more heavily than what’s recommended here, but that’s just my personal taste.

  11. This pizza sauce is THEE best ever! I used to just make up my own recipe, but then decided to try an actual recipe and I will never go back! So so good and my husband loves it, too! Thank you!

  12. This was so good! I made it tonight for our pizza and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and how incredible it tasted! The brown sugar is brilliant. I can tell this is going to be a staple in our house! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  13. Is this for one 12″ pizza or two?

  14. This was delicious! I will never look for another sauce!! Next time I’ll make a big batch and freeze some.

  15. This sounds and looks amazing. I saw how you said use extra olive oil to make healthier.. any other ideas to make healthier being there is brown sugar in it as well or do you feel not enough in there to worry about.

  16. Am going to take a crack this this recipe. As mentioned in a previous post, can you please provide a starting point for the Salt and Pepper that is “to taste”? 1/2 tsp each? Curous minds would like to know.


    • Hi Murray,

      Yes, we start with about 1/4 teaspoon and move up from there. Generally we end up using more like 3/4 teaspoon or more but it just depends on how salty the cheese is.

  17. That looks delicious. Can I use fresh tomato instead of tomato sauce? and how?
    Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

    • Hi Hala,

      You certainly can, however it will add on more time and ingredients, but here’s what I would do.

      5 tomatoes
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1 tablespoon olive oil
      2 Teaspoons tomato paste
      1 garlic clove, halved
      1 basil sprig
      Cut tomatoes in half horizontally. Squeeze out the seeds and discard, if you wish. Press the cut side of tomato against the large holes of a box grater and grate tomato flesh into a bowl. Discard skins. You should have about 4 cups.
      Put tomato pulp in a low wide saucepan over high heat. Add the salt, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, basil and stir. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a brisk simmer.
      Reduce the sauce by almost half, stirring occasionally, to produce about 2 1/2 cups medium-thick sauce, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust salt. It will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator or we keep it frozen.

  18. This is so good with pepperoni warmed in the sauce & served over cooked pasta & sprinkled with Parmigiana cheese.

  19. This sauce was outrageous! My husband is now petitioning we never order pizza out again 🙂

    I used Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan – outstanding!

  20. What brand of tomato sauce and tomato paste do you use? Also, how much salt and pepper do you use? I know it says “to taste”, but I’d like to have a starting point.

    • Hi, we often use Muir Glen and I would start with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. 🙂

      • Thanks. Muir Glen isn’t available at my local grocery store, so I used Hunt’s. It tastes really good while simmering in the pan; I’ll have to wait to see how it tastes on pizza. I think that with the addition of some crushed tomatoes, this would be a good spaghetti sauce recipe too (I would also add ground beef, Italian sausage, and mushrooms, like I always do with spaghetti sauce).

  21. Help! I can’t stop dipping my spoon in the sauce while its simmering on the stove. This is delicious!

  22. I haven’t even let this simmer for 10 mins and it’s already delicious!!! Can’t wait to see what it tastes like in an hour! Yumm, smells so good!

  23. Btw do you have Instructions for canning? That would be great!

  24. this was… Incredible. I live in Israel and pizza here is sad, so I make my own. I’ve always used bottled sauce but this is so good I will never use it again. I never comment but I had to this time because I was eating it straight out of the pot. I felt like I was home, if only for a moment.

  25. I have made this recipe several times and it is absolutely THE best sauce. My husband is not a big fan of pizza, but he loves this sauce. He will compliment me for days about how good it is. I have shared this sauce with my Mom and daughter and both love how it tastes. I now refuse take out pizzas. I make my own. So glad I found this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Authentic Italian or NY style pizza sauce? Me thinks not!

  27. This sauce is truly amazing!!! I was eating it by the spoonful while I waited on my dough to rise. I immediately shared it with my mom and dad. They agreed it was their new favorite. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  28. Really appreciate that you also added the dried herb measurements. When you don’t feel like running out for fresh if they’re not on hand, it’s nice to have the dried option available. Appreciate the extra effort to include this. thank you. Hope to try this soon for my Chefs Toolbox pizza!!!

  29. The sauce looks OK, but I must say olive oil should never be heated – it leads to inflammations and may kill you much earlier than you were planning for. The olive oil should therefore be replaced with normal butter.

    The same goes for tomato sauce – todays commercial tomato sauces are usually loaded with sugar/starch/flours. that gives you a fatty liver and fattens all of your organs. The tomato sauce should therefor be replaced by canned or fresh tomatoes run through the blender.

  30. Making this tomorrow for DIY freezer pizzas and to have extra on hand. I am hoping to make it in the croc pot since I am making such a big batch. Cant wait to try it!

  31. Could you share the directions & everything you do to be able to Can this sauce? I would really love to be able to have plenty stocked in my pantry.

    I’ve tried lots of pizza sauce recipes & I am beyond impressed with yours! Amazing job & thanks so much for being kind enough to share all your hard work with all of us.


    • Thank you so much! I’ll for sure have to make a post about canning it. Might take me a while as I’m just coming back to work after a really sick pregnancy, but I’ll try to hurry!

  32. OMG!! It’s perfect!! I haven’t even cooked it yet! Have been searching for years for a pizza sauce.. THANK YOU!

  33. OMG! What delicious pizza sauce! I used dry herbs and was generous with the red pepper flakes, and it turned out exactly the way my family likes it!
    AND you are right: I found myself taking a spoonful or two to taste, simply because it was delicious!

  34. I tried this last night and felt the need to leave feedback. This was not only easy to make, but an excellent pizza sauce! I just used 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes, but will probably only use 1/8 tsp (or remove) next time. I love it with that extra zing, but my girls (ages 4 and 6) said it was too spicy. My wife tolerates, but isn’t crazy about spicy things either.
    I actually used just fresh oregano and basil from our garden (no dried), so I added a little extra. I could see people wanting to add more, like possibly marjoram or another spice, but this is really good as-is.
    It’s a keeper and one that I’ll no doubt make again.
    Thanks for posting this recipe!!

    • Ryan,

      Thank you so much for the kind comment. I prefer it with fresh from the garden herbs, if only Utah wasn’t so cold most of the year. I need to start an indoor garden.

  35. I’ve been looking to make my own pizza for a while as my family loves to eat it!! It’s too expensive to buy all the time so I figured I’d try it myself. I am sooo glad you posted this recipe. I made it last night and it was a huge hit!! (even with my pickiest eater) I used pecorino-romano instead of parm. What I love most is there is no added salt. I don’t add salt to any of my recipes & this one certainly didn’t need it! Simmered for 1hr & the flavors melded. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Yes! I love simmering it low and slow all afternoon but everyone seems to want things so darn quick. I think the flavors get so much better and I’m thrilled you tried it. Thanks!

  36. Hi – I’m from Indonesia and I love pizza. I found this recipe on Pinterest, I just made this sauce and it’s super good. Unfortunately no one sells tomato paste here, at least not where I live, so I made it myself. I use cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan, and I accidentally add more red pepper flakes :)… still very tasty! I love it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  37. Hi – I am in nicaragua at the moment and I wasn’t sure we would be able to find all the ingredients but we did and the pizza sauce was absolutely amazing – I’m not sure I have tasted better even in a restaurant. Thank you so much for this recipe – super simple and ridiculously delicious.

  38. I made the sauce last weekend and LOVED it! Now to conquer making my own dough. Thanks!

  39. I have recently began making my own pizza at home. I have finally conquered the crust, but my sauce hasn’t “knocked my socks off”. I refuse to use store-bought, and have tried most every recipe on the net (including the “pizza sauce copy cat” sauces. I end up disappointed every time. This sauce, however, was easy to make, and outstanding in taste! I topped it with cheese and pepperoni–also following this blog’s suggestions, and admit to one of the best pizza’s ever! While the ingredients are just typical tomato, garlic and Italian herbs, etc., it’s the method which makes the difference. It’s a must…it wakes up everything! Superb!

  40. Gotta give credit where credit is due… We’ve experimented making our own pasta sauce a lot and always fall back to using a jar of garlic, onion Ragu because we like it and it works. This. Sauce. Is. Awesome. I read how you always keep going back for licks and my husband and I did too. He complimented it very generously and that means A LOT from him. Thanks for this awesome recipe which I will be putting in everything that calls for red sauce from now on!

  41. I can’t tell you how many times I have made this. For pizza and spaghetti. It’s my go to recipe when I want Italian. This sauce tastes so good, and it’s easy and quick to make. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  42. Made my own pizza tonight after many years. Used a recipe from my Mom & Uncle (who was a restauranteur) which turned out wonderfully. Then decided to check out the internet, and lo & behold, yours was almost the exact same thing, except that theirs was not so well defined when it came to amounts ( a small handful of… , about a teaspoon of… ,just a little of…), and when I read it, I could tell how delicious it will be, when I now have distinct measurements. Oh, and this time, I won’t have to remember (since I did forget the basil 🙁 oops) it is written out for me!

  43. Love a great pizza, but I am not too interested in a $90 pizza pan by Mario Batali, or anyone else, for that matter!!! (And after going to his site – it appears he is no longer making them.) Might you recall some other brands that you also thought highly of? And please tell me how your rating system works…. What are highest priorities? Holds Heat? Browns Crust the Best. Durable. Easy to Clean. etc. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Jon,
      We love a good pizza stone versus pan like Pampered Chef for example. We like the it holds up to the extremely high temperatures we cook pizza at, it seasons versus a pan you wash which creates better flavor, and most importantly we feel it contributes to a crisp, chewier crust than other pans and the crust totally makes or breaks a pizza in our opinion. Plus, ours is still just as amazing at year 12 as it was at year 1 so the investment is awesome.

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  45. I have tried MANY pizza sauce recipes in the last few years. This is by far the best! It’s a keeper! Thank you so much!

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  48. I found this pizza sauce recipe and decided to give it a try – with a few modifications! Try adding a teaspoon or two of red wine vinegar!

    Awesome recipe!

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  51. I stumbled on this recipe today and decided to give it a try. It is unbelievably good! The only thing I did differently was that I used my own homemade tomato sauce, but I’m sure any tomato sauce would be fine. You have an awesome site and I love your emphasis on family dinners and a healthy lifestyle. I’m looking forward to trying some other recipes and regularly checking out your website. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Kay! We love using our own tomato sauce as it’s something we both freeze and can during the summer, but it seems like everyone else is store bought. So glad we aren’t alone!

  52. I’m an American living in Norway and the very few places that have pizza have wonderful toppings but the WORST, most bland sauce so I have taken to making pizza at home. I’ve been here 3 years and I have tried various sauces from blogs, cooking websites, cookbooks, my mom’s recipe, etc and I had yet to find out that tasted “right,” until I found yours!!!! The only difference was that I added 1 small onion to the oil and butter (brilliant, I never thought to add butter!) before adding the garlic and I added a few more dried spices (fennel, parsley and celery salt).

    I’m so glad you posted this sauce recipe!! Thanks a million!

  53. Can I freeze this sauce? I made it last night and LOVED it, but am wondering if I could make a large batch and then freeze it for quick pizza nights??

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  55. How many pizzas would this recipe cover?

  56. Does it has to simmer fr 1-2 hours?

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  58. This pizza sauce tasted amazing! Ive tried other recipes and they just didnt taste well. My husband loved the pizza i made using this sauce…which is a big accomplishment as my husband is a picky eater. I also used this on my spaghetti that i made and it tasted fresh even after 1 week and a half. Still was as fresh as when i made it. This recipe is a keeper. Im definetely bookmarking this page. Thank you. 🙂

  59. Dynamite sauce, thank you for the recipe. All I had for pizza was 10-day old flat bread (home-made, but still a little dated), leftover slices of red onion, tiny bits of good parm, fontina, mozzarella and a 500 degree oven. The finished product was, by-golly, outstanding! Am putting your sauce into service for my Mom’s 80th birthday party. Thanks again 🙂 !

  60. Shared your pizza sauce recipe on my brand new blog! http://barefootbanquet.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/last-weeks-menu/ It’s more of a public declaration of my disdain for menu planning than it is a blog, but I loved your recipe either way! Thanks!

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  63. After a hard week of commuting and working, I love pizza on Friday night. In order to save money, I decided to make enough pizza dough for a month of pizza. I was searching the internet for a good pizza sauce and I came upon your recipe. I just made it and it is so good! I was literally licking the sauce off the spoon. This is going to be my go to recipe for pizza sauce. I made enough for the entire month! Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Has anyone tried freezing this sauce? Or how would you bottle something like this? I would love to make some to have on hand in my pantry long term.

  66. I just loved this sauce! It was so easy to make using ingredients I always have in my kitchen. It smelled soooo good while cooking. I just couldn’t wait to eat my pizzas after smelling this cooking for an hour. They turned out yummy because of this sauce (and my own, perfect crust!). Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • I’m so glad you loved it! It’s our favorite and I love hearing that everyone else is enjoying it like we do. I used our leftovers to create a really delicious meat sauce the other day.

  67. I had been looking for a better recipe that had both basil and tomato paste… Really looking forward to trying this tonight… 🙂

    Quick question, you have butter in the ingredients list, but then never mention it again. Just curious if it’s a typo that it’s there? Do you put it in at the beginning with the olive oil to help sauté the garlic? Or would that brown it too much, so just add it with the cheese?

  68. We have lots of “Pizza” party’s, made your sauce and used it. It is the best sauce we ever put on a pizza. Had a lot of great comments. Thank!

  69. I feel a little stupid for asking this, but what do you mean by 2 – 8oz cans of sauce. I thought we were making the sauce? What kind of sauce?

  70. This sauce looks soooo nice! Always good to come across a new recipe! Bookmarked 🙂

  71. Excellent sauce!
    I will not buy store sauce again, knowing how easy this is to make.
    Thank you!

  72. Looks delicious and great images by the way. I normally don’t use any paste in my pizza sauce. What’s the reason for adding it? Sweetness?

    • The paste just gives it a little more heftiness. I like a full flavored pizza sauce versus the runny ones you buy at the store. You can skip it and see how it goes without. 🙂

  73. I was in a pinch …. making pizzas for dinner and realized that I did not have my “go to” Prego sauce! I found your recipe and in 10 minutes I had yummy real pizza sauce! I tried it and I love it! I did not use the parm, nor fresh herbs … still very tasty!

  74. Would you please explain to me why everyone is making coments without trying the recipe? One reply that tried it is worth 1000 who think it looks good. Wake up people.

    • well I’ve tried it and I think it’s delicious 😉 I believe there are comments that they’ve tried it and loved it. Or maybe they just emailed me directly. I can’t remember, but I do hope you like it.

    • Well I also tried it and it is as awesome as everyone who hasn’t tried it yet says it is…maybe you should quit reading all the reviews and just make it!!!!  
      I am so happy I found this recipe…my kids love it! I’ve made it 2xs without reading the reviews and it’s perfect!!! I can’t really add any comment that was already made…

  75. I had told my daycare children that we were going to make our own pizza today and they got all excited as usual 🙂 The problem was when I realized that I didn’t have any pasta sauce! I have made my own sauce in the past but that was a while ago and all I remember was it wasn’t fun, it was messy and it took so long 🙁 I looked at my pantry saw some ingredients and thought I’ll just wing it! Right before getting started I decided to give the internet another try and right away found this recipe. Different, simple and when I read that I didn’t have to wait it was a winner. I had all ingredients and it’s simmering as I’m writing. I could taste the sauce off the spoon and it’s lunch time. Perfect timing, perfect taste, perfectly simple! Thank you! You saved the day!!

  76. can I use fresh tomatoes? if so, how much?

  77. Well, I just made this sauce and it was super, super good. I recently had to stop eating certain foods for health reasons, so I’ve been making everything at home. I’ve been trying different recipes for my brown-rice-tortilla pizzas, and I had tried one from another website that was pretty gross. But this is very good!! And it’s definitely something I will make again and again. I had to use black pepper instead of red pepper, I’m sure it would have been better with red, but, that’s all I had. But pretty much everything else was the same. Last pizza I made with the other recipe was pretty terrible because of the sauce and I found myself choking it down. The pizza I made with this recipe has been gobbled down. It was seriously good. I think it’s the olive oil and garlic at the beginning that not only makes perfect sense, but kinda sets this sauce apart from others I have seen online.
    THANK YOU!! This really has helped me because now I have an easy food I can turn to when I just want to eat something quick and not have to cook a full meal. That might not sound like a big deal, but it kind of is to me. And an added bonus is that I actually made it with my dad, (even though I’m a grown woman 🙂 ) and we both got to have fun making sauce and enjoying pizza together.

    • I love it, Mimi! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I love that you made it with your dad. You’re never too old to spend time with a parent in the kitchen. It’s my favorite thing ever.

  78. Basil is great on pizza. Tough to find the flavor in a store bought basil. The best basil was grown in my backyard. Kelp4less helped me.

  79. Friday night is pizza night around here and almost all he time I try to make my own sauce but haven’t quite found ‘the” one. Will have to give yours a try, Sounds delicious Carrian!

  80. Yum! This looks so amazing. I really cant wait to try it 😀

  81. We make home made pizza and sauce all the time too. I love the “secret” ingredient in this though…I’m definitely up for trying it next time!

  82. Perfect timing! I’m going to BBQ pizza tonight and ran out of my simmer-all-day-sauce. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  83. So I LOVE condiments. Like, if I could dip everything in a sauce or salsa, I would. LOVE THEM. However, I have always loathed pizza sauce. I like my pizzas plain because the sauces I’ve had with them in the past were so… gross. Like, too plain or tinny tasting.. just not right. So I’ve yet to find/perfect a sauce I’ll love. This looks AWESOME though. So bright and bursting with flavor. I’ll definitely need to try it, but I’m pretty confident I’ll eventually be slathering it on everything, haha.

  84. I so need a recipe like this in my back pocket. We enjoy homemade pizza quite often and I usually forget about the sauce until the last minute. I have to scramble around to make a quick marinara or use a store-bought jar in my emergency stash. Yours sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 I love homemade pizza, I bet this sauce tastes wonderful!

  86. loving this one! I have been trying new pizza sauces recently to try to find a go-to. this sounds perfect.

  87. We eat pizza all the time – I’m definitely going to try this next time!!

  88. Sounds like a perfect pizza sauce.

  89. I totally agree! I don’t know why some people seem to think they’ll get by with terrible sauce LOL. The sauce and crust need to be killer!

  90. this sauce looks PERFECT! great balance of spices and flavor and i love the consistency!! i would totally heat this up one night and dip it with some breadsticks 🙂

  91. We make pizza at least once a week, and love making our own sauce. Your version looks incredible!

  92. Sign me up! Anything with cheese is 11/10 in my book!

  93. I am so trying this Carrian! It looks delish!

  94. Looks PERFECT! I’m with you… not all sauces are created equal! 😉 Can’t wait to try this one!

  95. This is the kind of recipe everyone needs in their collection!

  96. I love pizza, i love pizza sauce, but I haven’t quite found the perfect recipe yet. Yours looks and sounds delicious so this will definitely be one I am testing out soon!

  97. I have got to make this. I feel so guilty using the lackluster stuff from a can when I make pizza at home. This is gorgeous!

  98. I love making my own pizza sauce and I’m always looking for a new recipe!

  99. This sauce looks like perfection! I could probably eat it with a spoon. Well maybe not, but on my pizza for sure!

  100. I looove making homemade pizza sauce, and yours sounds wonderful!