The Best Pizza Sauce Recipe

Let’s talk about the best pizza sauce recipe. To achieve a yummy tasting pie, you need firstly, a tasty pizza dough and secondly a well-seasoned, delicious sauce. If the sauce is bland, well, guess what, the pizza won’t be scrumptious either.

There are two types of pizza sauce:

1)  the uncooked (raw) sauce which is the easiest and quickest one to prepare. (you will find my favorite here)

2) the cooked sauce which requires a little bit more preparation and cooking time. But the result is worth your effort!

ingredients for pizza sauce

The Ingredients

The list of ingredients is not very long. You will need fresh or canned tomatoes. Use fresh or dried herbs like oregano, basil, thyme and parsley, crushed garlic, some onion, good quality extra virgin olive oil, a bit of sugar, sea salt, black pepper and, e voila, out comes a delicious pizza sauce.

Most of these ingredients will be most likely already in your pantry so that you can make this sauce from scratch. I always have cans of tomatoes at home since you can use them in casseroles, curries, and various other dishes as well. Talking about versatility, right. 🙂

Here is a tip: Double the recipe and put half of the sauce in the freezer. This way, you are well organized for the next pizza evening. Also, this pizza sauce is fantastic with pasta as well. For the pasta sauce, you could add salami, mushrooms or other vegetables.

Let’s Talk About Tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes

Not only do you want to use good quality extra virgin olive oil but also the best tomatoes you can get your hands on. If you can, use San Marzano tomatoes. These are the type to use for an authentic Neapolitan Pizza.

I prefer whole peeled tomatoes over crushed ones. I noticed that they are more flavorsome with a beautiful bright red color and lovely aroma.

Put the tomatoes in a bowl and crush them with your fingers. Or, use this nifty little helper, a pastry cutter.         ⇓⇓⇓

pastry cutter

Pastry Cutter

If you want a less chunky texture, I recommend whizzing up the tomatoes with a stick blender. Just pulse a few times until you reach the desired result.

And for a nice smooth sauce, I use my Nutri Ninja.


Homemade Pizza Sauce

This is an easy and quick recipe. It sure will guarantee a delicious tasting, mouthwatering pizza.

pizza sauce


  • 1 can (28 ounce/800 grams) San Marzano tomatoes – or other good quality tomatoes
  • 2 – 3 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon dried herbs like oregano, thyme and/or basil
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic (or more if you like!)
  • 1 medium sized onion – diced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Put the tomatoes in a bowl and crush them with your fingers or the pastry cutter until you reach the desired texture(chunky or slightly chunky). Set aside.
  2.  In a medium sized pan, heat up the oil and add the onion. Stir over medium heat until the onion becomes soft and translucent. (around 3 minutes) You don’t want them brown.
  3. Add the garlic and fry for another minute. Turn down the heat a bit.
  4. Now add the tomatoes, herbs, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  5. Let the sauce slowly simmer over medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes and stir occasionally. The longer you cook the sauce the thicker it gets.
  6. Taste the sauce and add more seasoning and herbs to your liking.
  7. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool down a bit before using it.

Serves: around 3 cups

Use any leftover for pasta, a hearty casserole or put it in the freezer.The sauce will  keep in the fridge for around 5 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

I hope you love my homemade pizza sauce as much as I do.

Happy Cooking!


pizza sauce

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