This is truly the best homemade pizza sauce ever! It’s rich, thick and full of delicious flavor. With this easy recipe, you’ll never buy another jar of pizza sauce again. This recipe also makes the perfect dipping sauce!
Pizza is such a favorite in our house, I make it at least once a week. Nothing compares to a homemade pizza! I always use my favorite pizza dough and top it with this insanely delicious pizza sauce followed by a shameful amount of mozzarella cheese. This pizza sauce is also amazing used as a dipping sauce! I’ve made it to go with so many things including homemade stromboli, mozzarella sticks, bread sticks – seriously, you can use it for almost anything that calls for a delicious red dipping sauce!
Ingredients needed for the best pizza sauce
This pizza sauce recipe only requires a few simple ingredients that I’m sure you already have in your kitchen!
- Olive oil
- Garlic: I like a ton of garlic in my sauce!
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato paste: Makes the sauce nice and thick! Also adds more flavor since it is more concentrated.
- Spices: Basil, oregano, granulated sugar, onion powder, salt & pepper
How to make homemade pizza sauce
This sauce is so easy to throw together and cook on the stovetop!
- Cook a bit of garlic in some oil until fragrant. Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir until smooth and simmer for 20-30 minutes on low heat.
- Once it’s nice and thick, you can spread it on your pizza dough and top it with whatever toppings you like, and bake until golden and crispy.
Yes. Cooking the sauce helps the tomatoes to develop their flavor to their full potential and creates an almost roasted taste that you otherwise wouldn’t get.
Yes! This pizza sauce freezes so well. Store in an airtight container in the freezer and simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Sure! This pizza sauce can be made up to 5 days ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use.
If you make this recipe, I’d LOVE to know what you think below! I would so appreciate you leaving a star rating and/or comment. Also, please don’t forget to share a photo of your delicious finished recipe on Instagram or Facebook and give me a tag so I can see!
The BEST Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 28 oz tomato sauce
- 2 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tsp basil
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- In a medium sized pot set to medium-low heat, add oil and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the rest of ingredients and stir until combined. Simmer for 30 minutes. Spread on pizza dough and top with desired toppings. Can also be used as a dipping sauce for Stromboli, etc.
I use dried.
How long would this last in the fridge? Could it be frozen, and if so, for how long?
It’ll last for about one week in the refrigerator and can be frozen for up to three months. I freeze mine every time!
How much sauce does this make?
I just added up the liquid ingredients and got 42 ounces plus the dry ingredients so between 5 1/4 and 5 1/2 cups.
Holy moly this sauce is amazing!! I needed a pizza sauce recipe tonight when we decided on a whim to do pizza for dinner. I whipped it up while my dough was rising, it was so quick and easy, and my husband is STILL raving about it two hours later! This one is getting re-pinned and printed out for my favorites binder. Can’t thank you enough for sharing this!
This makes me so happy! You are so very welcome, Jessa. So glad you guys enjoyed the sauce, it’s my go-to! 🙂
How much sauce does this make?
Hey, looks great.
Im from israel so we dont use OZ.
But did u mention 1.28 oz tommato and 2.6 oz paste?
28 ounces tomato sauce
12 ounces tomato paste
Just convert ounces to grams
How many pizzas would this sauce be enough for?
Did anyone that asked get a reply as to how many pizzas this would cover?
It covers about 4-6 pizzas! Depending how much sauce you use for each one.
Can you can this recipe? If so, how long should it be in the water bath for? It sounds delicious, and I want to make a stockpile!
I don’t know anything about canning so I am not sure! Sounds like a great idea though!
Janice Brixey says
We canned pizza sauce years ago when we had gardens. We water bathed pints for 30 minutes after boiling started. I would even use the sauce for spaghetti.
Hi, how many pizzas does this work for?
Very tasty sauce. Thank you!
Could I used minced garlic that you buy in jars instead of garlic cloves?
This is the best pizza sauce. Making it again today. It is definetly worth the little time it takes to make. Thanks so much for sharing.
I agree! So, so worth making it from scratch. Thanks, Cheryl!
BEST. SAUCE. EVER!! I tweaked with the seasonings a little, (and used minced onion as I didn’t have onion powder) other than that followed the recipe completely..Added this in my vegetable rice and used it in pasta too! my sister is still raving about it a month later! so just made another batch of it and added it in vegetable rice… at 3:20 am in the morning! ??
annd going to use this again on Saturday night to make a pizza!
so yeah, rambling aside, thank you so much for this recipe! it’s THE best sauce ever!
Would this work as a marinara sauce for pasta as well?
Hi Jesica, not quite understand the ingredients (I’m used to grams), is it 1.28 oz which would be only 36 grams and would be too less or is it 128 oz which is over 3 kg and seems to be too much? A bit confused…
It is one 28-ounce can.
Cathy Elliott says
Going to try canning this in water bath for maybe 30 mins
Awesome! I’d love to know how it comes out if you try that!
Joseph Rabor says
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. Of course, the recipes vary from place to place, however, the main integrant was never, ever cook the pizza sauce. Yours has a little more than most but the flavor is there for a dipping sauce for calamari, motz sticks, calzones, etc… Respectfully, Joseph
Hmmm, very nteresting! Thanks for the information!
I just made this to go with my homemade bread stix…it is amazing!!
Basically same as my own (but I’m going to make this anyway) and, yes it is delicious.
OK for the Metric Users:
• 30 ml olive oil
• 6 cloves garlic crushed
• 828 ml tomato sauce
• 354 ml tomato paste
• 7 ml basil
• 17 ml+ oregano
• 1 ml+ salt
• 1 ml+ granulated sugar
• 1 ml+ tsp black pepper
• 1 ml+ tsp onion powder
Thank you for this! 🙂
Michael Lafferty says
Fresh or dried herbs?
I use dried for convenience but you can definitely use fresh.
dee cello says
Try this: add a little anchovie paste for an Italian flavor & I only used the tomato paste for a thicker sauce. Right before you use it, stir in parmesan cheese to the sauce. Tastes yummy!
Sounds amazing! I will have to try your suggestions.
I make it every other week for Friday night pizza party! It is sooo good and it freezes perfectly.
How fun! And yesss, it freezes so well!