Perfect Pizza Sauce

May 24, 2010 by Ali

Without a doubt, people are opinionated about their pizza sauce!

Some like it smooth. Some like it chunky. Some like it simple and tomato-flavored. Some like it packed with herbs. Some like it sweet. Some like it unsweetened. But without a doubt…good pizza sauce can definitely “make” a pizza!!!

So for what it’s worth, here’s my favorite version of a “smooth” pizza sauce. (I’ll save my chunky version for another time!) I happen to like mine packed with herbs (especially fresh basil), with no added sugar, accented with a splash of red wine and just a touch of cayenne for a little “kick”. It only takes a minute to stir the ingredients together, but then I love to let it simmer on the stove fr 15 or 20 minutes, so that all of the flavors can meld perfectly together….mmmm….

Regardless of your pizza sauce preferences, if you’ve never tried making the sauce from scratch, you must! Definitely a delicious, fresh “step up” from the jar.

Happy Pizza-Making! :)

Perfect Pizza Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4 cups pizza sauce


  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried basil)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • pinch of cayenne
  • splash of red wine (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until bubbles begin to rise (and pop) at the surface. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for another 15 minutes.

Serve warm. Or you can also freeze this to use later. (I love freezing it in ice cube trays so that you can choose how much you want to thaw and use later!)

Ali’s Tip:

If you like your pizza sauce on the “sweeter” side, feel free to add in extra sugar or honey to taste!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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17 thoughts on “Perfect Pizza Sauce

  1. can we make pizza sauce without dried herbs? because i don’t all kinds of herbs at my place…

    - ananya shirodkar

  2. do u HAVE to freeze the sauce for further use? or can u just jar it and keep it in the fridge

    - jan

  3. So good..hmmm, thanx

    - Anne

  4. I have 3 very picky children, and we love making homemade pizza. Usually we use canned sauce, but were out and I didn’t feel like running to the store, so I looked up this recipe. Needless to say, I will NEVER be buying canned sauce again. We all LOVED this sauce. And it is hard to find something we all enjoy to eat.

    - Valerye

  5. Hi Ali,

    Have you ever tried Casa Visco Pizza sauce? Third generation family owned, I would be interested in your opinion….

    have a great day,


    - adine

  6. Wow, that is a perfect consistency and a great recipe! I didn’t have a recipe on hand last time I did homemade pizza, but I’ll definitely make sure to have this around next time. What brand of tomato sauce do you use?

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  7. I like your pizza sauce!
    Thank you for posting your way to prepare it…



  8. I can’t wait to try this. I thought about buying some pizza sauce, but could not bring myself to do it. Going to give this a try. Sounds yummy.

    - Peggy Valliant

  9. That pretty similar to what I make, and it really does make a difference. Last night I threw in a good amount of Chardonnay I had forgotten in the fridge instead of a red wine, and it was a nice switcheroo.

    - Misty

  10. I’ve been wanting to make my own pizza sauce for ages, this sounds perfect, thanks for the recipe!

    - Erica

  11. this looks so delicious! Lucky that I am making pizza tonight :) can’t wait to try it!

    - Julie