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Homemade Pizza Sauce

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posted: 04/29/19

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This Homemade Pizza Sauce comes together with just a few ingredients in the blender and adds the perfect flavor to your homemade pizza. You probably already have the ingredients waiting in your pantry! Add this sauce to my pizza dough recipe and pizza night is set!

ball jar filled with homemade pizza sauce recipe surrounded by parsley leaves with pizza in the background

Even though it snowed here over the weekend (!!!!) I am still prepping for summer mentally and with recipes for you! (P.S. Did you catch my Instagram Story where I looked 100% insane walking in the snow storm? It was cute . . . NOT.)  I am thinking about Peach Sangria and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches and lots of other great recipes you can throw on the grill or enjoy outdoors. One thing we love to make outside is pizza from scratch on the grill. It cooks up quickly and is so delicious every single time.

I have a great from scratch pizza dough recipe, but I thought it might be time to give you a great Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe to go along with it. This is a versatile recipe that you will love and enjoy again and again.

Pizza Sauce Ingredients

You will need these simple ingredients:

  • two cans of diced tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • fresh garlic
  • dried oregano
  • dried parsley
  • salt & pepper
  • sugar

See! I bet you might already have all of that. And this sauce is only going to take about 5 minutes for you to make, so there’s no reason not to have some of this on hand all of the time.

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How to Make Pizza Sauce from Scratch

In addition you will need:

  • a sieve
  • a good blender
  • jars for storage

After you gather your supplies, this is a really simple process.

  1. Drain the tomatoes using the sieve. You want to give them a good shake to get out a lot of the liquid, but don’t worry about it all being gone.
  2. Throw the tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and spices into the blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth scraping down the sides at least once during blending.
woman using a metal spoon to spread pizza sauce onto a circle pizza pan with dough on it

Easy Uncooked Sauce

And that’s it my friends! This sauce is uncooked, making it especially simple to make. Now you are ready to use it on your pizza.

If you are wondering how much pizza sauce to use on your pizza, I would say about half a cup for a 12 inch pizza. More than that and your crust is going to get too soggy.

This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups total.

close up overhead picture of a pepperoni pizza divided into slices made with homemade pizza sauce

Why Does this have Sugar in it?

Whenever I use canned tomatoes, I test the final recipe and add a little sugar if needed – which it usually does. Canned tomatoes are quite acidic. Think of it like a scale. On one side you have the acidic tomatoes weighing down the scale. To balance it, you add a 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar to the other side. The scale is now at neutral. The recipe neither tastes acidic or sweet.

How Long Does this Last?

This pizza sauce will last two weeks in an air tight jar in the refrigerator. Because of the oil in this recipe, I recommend making a new batch after that timeframe.

Naturally all good things must come to an end, and this will go bad eventually, so get to pizza making!

Can this Pizza Sauce Recipe be Frozen?

Yes! Keep in mind that if you are freezing it in a glass jar you want to leave at least an inch at the top to account for it expanding in the freezer. It will last in the freezer for three months.

For Spaghetti?

I suppose in a pinch you could heat this up and use it on your spaghetti. I personally like my Homemade Spaghetti Sauce a lot more for that, but this would work in a bind.

Is this Easy Pizza Sauce . . .


Sure is! This sauce is 100% vegan.

Gluten Free?

Yup! This recipe is gluten free.

homemade pizza sauce in a widemouth ball jar with a cheese grater in the background and fresh parsley in the foreground

And that is it my friends, go forth and make amazing homemade pizza!

woman using a metal spoon to spread pizza sauce onto a circle pizza pan with dough on it
5 from 8 votes

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Serves: 5 pizzas
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Homemade Pizza Sauce comes together with just a few ingredients in the blender and adds the perfect flavor to your homemade pizza. You probably already have the ingredients waiting in your pantry!  


  • 29 ounces diced tomatoes drained (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey (see note)


  • Combine all of the ingredients (except the sugar) together in a blender until smooth.
  • Taste the sauce. Add a pinch of sugar. The sauce should taste much better, but not sweet, with the sugar. If it doesn't, add a small pinch more and taste again.
  • This recipe will last for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


Please note that you need approximately 1/2 cup of pizza sauce per pizza. Nutritional information is for 1/2 a cup. This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups
The tomatoes need to be drained. You can do this by dumping both cans into a sieve and letting them drain. Don’t push them down or worry about getting all of the liquid out.
The sugar in this recipe should be added at the very end to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Taste the sauce and add a small amount of sugar. Taste it again and note how the sauce is more balanced. It should taste much better without being sweet. If you need more, add more, but just a pinch at a time.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 71kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 10g (3%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 3g (5%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 514mg (22%) Potassium: 347mg (10%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 5g (6%) Vitamin A: 550IU (11%) Vitamin C: 28.9mg (35%) Calcium: 70mg (7%) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. Deb says

    I can wait to try this. Now that I am retired I am planning on making and canning a lot of homemade fods and other things.

  2. Cindy says

    If I just use hearty tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes, would I still have to drain them? Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Cindy! Unfortunately, I don’t have experience with hearty tomatoes. So I would need to play around with it. Basically you just don’t want it to be too liquidy.

      • Cindy says

        Thank you!

  3. Amit says

    5 stars
    Excellent one really helpful thanks.

  4. mary says

    can you homemade pizze sauce be cannedif so for how long do you hot bath it and how long will it keep

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Mary! I am no expert on canning. It is important to keep in mind that acidity plays a big role in canning, which tomatoes have a great deal of. I would refer you to this guide.

  5. Vareeshah Minhaj says

    5 stars
    It’s simply amazing! Hassle free easy to make and seems to be super delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Edna Sivertsen says

    I love your pizza sauce! It is the only pizza sauce we use, my entire family also love it. when i want a thicker sauce i add some mashed potato flakes. Thank you for the great recipes, i love them all, you make my life easier. again thank you for posting your great recipes.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that you like this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know!

  7. Robyn says

    Your recipe was delicious but a little to much oregano for my taste. I am going to make some for my freezer;but going to try crushed tomatoes.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Robin Victor says

    Can your pizza sauce be canned using the waterbath method?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Robin! I’m sure it can, I just don’t have enough canning experience to give you recommendations or instructions.

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