Pizza sauce

There’s nothing like homemade pizza sauce when you want to start your own pizzeria at home. You have complete control over the taste, and you know exactly what ingredients are in it. This is the easy way to make tomato sauce for pizza, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I would say it’s the best pizza sauce in the world, so get our recipe here.

homemade pizza sauce with tomatoes, garlic and bazil in bowl

The best tomato sauce for homemade pizza

The taste of tomato, fresh basil, and garlic is simply the best, and unlike store-bought sauce, it’s bursting with flavor!

Now, when you embark on this journey, I encourage you to make a large batch and freeze the excess in appropriate portions. Then you can sneak into the freezer and take out a bag a couple of hours before you need to bake your pizza.

Pizza is just one of our favorites at home, and we usually make our own tomato sauce. It works wonders on all the classic pizzas, and it just tastes even better when you make it yourself from scratch.

If you have leftovers of the sauce, you can easily use it in pasta sauce, or other dishes, or as I mentioned, freeze it for the next time your family craves homemade pizza.

bowl with pizza sauce and homemade pizza behind

Ingredient notes

Chopped tomatoes – Canned tomatoes work just fine. They are easy and affordable and can be bought at any supermarket.

Sugar – Added to balance the flavor of the acidic tomatoes.

Garlic – Adds a good intense flavor to the sauce.

Salt and pepper – It’s important to season to achieve the perfect balance.

Olive oil – Also contributes to the flavor, so choose a good olive oil if possible.

Basil – Fresh basil is preferred if you have it. In a pinch, dried basil or alternatively oregano can also be used.

How to make homemade pizza sauce

When making your own sauce for pizza, it doesn’t have to take a terribly long time.

Just a few ingredients, but still plenty of flavor, and it adds so much to the pizza. With a good sauce and good cheese, you’ll go a long way!

The process is quite simple. All the ingredients go into a pot and simmer for 10-15 minutes before blending the sauce and allowing it to cool. Now it’s ready to spread on the pizza.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

tomato sauce for pizza and pepperoni pizza

Frequently asked questions

Can I make pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes?

Instead of canned tomatoes, you can definitely use fresh tomatoes. Those fully ripe tomatoes straight from the greenhouse are just delicious! And it will only make the sauce even better.

How do you store pizza sauce?

Once the sauce is finished, you can cool it down and store it in the refrigerator. You can use it directly from the fridge on your pizza, so you can easily make it in advance. You can also freeze the sauce for later use.

Can you freeze the sauce?

Yes, you can. So it’s a good idea to make a large batch to save on the power used for cooking and freeze it in portions that match how much you eat at a time.

What pizzas can I use the sauce on?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to pizza toppings, but this sauce is particularly suitable for Pepperoni pizza, Pizza Margherita, Pizza with meatballs, and Pizza with Parma ham and arugula. It can also be used on mini pizzas, Ham and cheese pita pizzas, or in Pizza rolls.

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Tips and tricks for the recipe

  • Try adding oregano to the sauce instead of basil; it also gives a fantastic flavor.
  • Add chili for a spicy pizza sauce if you like hot food.
  • Make the sauce in advance and freeze it in smaller portions, making it easy to take out a portion a few hours before making pizza.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve on your homemade pizza.
  • Use it on lunchbox pizzas, tortilla pizzas, pita pizzas, or in pizza rolls.
  • Mix leftover pizza sauce with freshly cooked pasta for a quick meal.
pizza dough and spoon with sauce
pizza dough covered in pizza sauce

Recipe for the best pizza tomato sauce from scratch

Here’s our suggestion for an easy and flavorful pizza sauce that takes less than half an hour to prepare and can be used for both pizza and pizza rolls.

We hope you feel inspired to try the recipe because your pizzas will just be a little better with homemade tomato sauce.

homemade pizza sauce with tomatoes, garlic and bazil in bowl

Pizza sauce

Recipe for pizza sauce
Tasty and delicious sauce for homemade pizza. Leftover sauce can be frozen or used with cooked pasta, or other dishes or frozen for later use. One batch is enough for approximately 4-6 pizzas.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 portion
Calories 353 kcal


  • 1 can chopped tomatoes or 6 large ripe tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • Pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
    1 can chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp sugar, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp fresh basil, Pepper
  • Then blend the sauce and taste it, adding more salt, pepper, or sugar if necessary. Let it cool.
  • Store it in the refrigerator or freeze it until it is needed for pizza or pizza rolls.


Serving: 1portionCalories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gSodium: 2914mgPotassium: 792mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 587IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Pizza sauce, Tomato sauce from scratch
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