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Homemade Pizza Sauce

5 from 13 votes

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.

over head view of a food processor filled with pizza sauce from scratch

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 13 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. Lesha D. Page says

    Can you PRESSURE CAN this in jars? I assume so. Would be great to make a large batch and have shelf stable Sauce on hand. Thanks much.
    Would like an answer if possible.
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    Have a blessed day

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t have enough experience with canning to advise, but perhaps someone else who does could chime in.

  2. Susan says

    Is this recipe able to be “canned”? I would like to make a lot and put it in jars and heat pack it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Susan, I just don’t have enough canning experience to advise on this.

  3. alpa patel says

    5 stars
    lovely and very easy recipe. thank you.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are so welcome, I’m glad you like it!

  4. joanne olson says

    in the notes it says to drain both cans of tomatoes but there is only one 29 oz. can listed

    • Lisa Longley says

      Good catch! I used two 14.5 ounces cans, that is why it reads like that.

  5. Rhonda Pippin says

    Can you freeze the Pizza Sauce ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! Just be sure to leave room in the container for expansion (about an inch at the top).

  6. Laura says

    Can you can this recipe? Have you tried this before? I’m wondering the pressure and time on it or water bath it? Thank you!

  7. Linda Ward says

    Can I can this recipe and keep it in my pantry for winter use.

  8. Cynthia Bentil says

    Can you use fresh tomatoes instead of canned?

    • Lisa Longley says

      They would need to be boiled and peeled first.

  9. Annette Kreamer says

    I want your Recipe that look Good yummy

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you give this one a try!

  10. bill says

    just found your site, looking foreword to making lots of your meals thank you bill jones

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that, Bill!

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