Pizza Sauce Recipe: Easy, Rich, & Tasty!

Pizza Sauce can make any pizza flavor phenomenally delicious! Every flavor, every ingredient, and every element of this sauce truly brings out the Italian vibe in it. It’s rich, thick, and deeply flavorful; you just have to try it!

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How to Make Pizza Sauce

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They have a sweet and tangy flavor that makes them perfect for seasoning and cooking. Tomatoes are also classic ingredients for Italian cuisine. 

I can attest to the versatile quality of tomatoes because I also use them for Jollof Rice, Spaghetti, and Fried Eggs!

Red onions

Red onions can be mildly spicy, giving the sauce a kick of flavor! They have been proven to improve bone health, digestion, and sore throat. 

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We will also use classic herbs and spices for the seasoning, such as sea salt, smoked paprika, oregano, fresh basil, and more. These are essential for enhancing the overall flavor of the sauce.

Olive oil

I recommend olive oil because even a small amount can result in a better sauce texture. It also gives the appropriate consistency for the sauce, not too watery and not too thick either. 

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  1. Wash the tomatoes and slice them into chunks along with the red onion with a knife.
  2. Use a blender to blend them until smooth.
  3. Sautee the red onion in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Season the onions with herbs and spices.
  5. Allow it to cook for a minute. 
  6. Pour in the tomato mixture and cook for 5 minutes. Use a splash guard to cover the pan.
  7. Add chopped fresh basil and cook for 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
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After that four-step recipe, you can spread this delicious sauce on top of the pizza dough. Assemble the pizza with your preferred toppings, pop it in the oven, and have a true Italian experience!


How to Select the Best Tomatoes

  • Choose tomatoes that don’t have blemishes or discoloration. The color of the skin should be a shade of deep and bright red.
  • Black spots can be indications of rotten areas of the tomato.
  • Furthermore, you can give the tomato must feel firm to the touch but not resistant to pressure.
  • Smell around the stem of the tomato, and it should have an earthy and sweet fragrance. The better it smells, the tastier it is. 
  • As much as possible, refrain from buying packaged tomatoes because packaging can prevent you from inspecting the quality of the tomatoes. 
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How to Store Tomatoes

Fresh Whole Tomatoes

Line a container with paper towels and lay the ripe tomatoes on the container, stem-side down. This method can make tomatoes last for a few days. Put the container in a cool area in your house. 

You may also refrigerate the tomatoes to last up to 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can put them in a container in the fridge, which can last up to several months. 

In fact, using well-preserved Frozen Tomatoes can be good practice for making sauce because when thawing, the tomatoes will become mushy, which works to your advantage! 

Sliced Tomatoes

If you have prepared chopped tomatoes ahead of time, you can store this by lining a container with paper towels and arranging the tomatoes with the sliced portion facing the paper towels. Store it in the fridge for up to two days.

Sliced tomatoes can also be placed in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months. However, note that stored sliced tomatoes can easily attract bacteria. Hence, preparing your ingredients on the day of making the pizza sauce is best. 


Quick Tip!

If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, you can still make use of canned tomato sauce and adjust the seasoning to your liking. For more flavor, you can make it more Italian by incorporating thyme, rosemary, or fennel. 

Don’t be afraid to sprinkle some chili flakes on the pizza sauce when adding spice. It’s part of the fun! For cheesy goodness infused in the sauce, you can cook it with grated Parmesan for a creamier texture and tastier flavor. 

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  • Frying Pan: Cook the sauce in a frying pan.
  • Blender: Process the ingredients in a blender.
  • Splatter Guard: Use this tool to keep your cooking area clean. 
  • Spatula: Mix the ingredients using a spatula.
  • Knife: Chop the ingredients with a knife.

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How to Use Pizza Sauce

Generously and evenly spread the pizza sauce on the Pizza Dough before putting in your preferred toppings. Then, put them in the oven to cook. Once done, it’s ready to eat! It’s easy to serve and use pizza sauce, so the secret lies in how you season and cook it. 

Pizza sauce or No-Cook Pizza Sauce can serve as dips for finger food such as pizza rolls, calzone, and garlic bread. It can also be incorporated into waffles, noodle bakes, sandwiches, patties, casseroles, eggs, pasta, and more! 

It’s ironic to think that pizza sauce isn’t just for pizza, but it’s one of its qualities that makes it versatile, cost-efficient, and useful.

I especially love this sauce for Pizza Margherita and Chicken Pizza!

What to use Pizza Sauce for

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: After letting the pizza sauce cool, don’t leave it at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. This can expose the sauce to bacteria, especially if you use fresh tomatoes. 


In the fridge: Put the pizza sauce in an airtight jar or container and place it in a fridge to last up to 7 days, depending on the temperature of your fridge. 

To freeze: Similar to how you store it in the fridge, pour the sauce into a container or jar, and put it in the fridge. However, note that you need to a lot around an inch of space from the top to allow it to expand while freezing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pizza sauce just tomato sauce?

Pizza sauce is not the same as tomato sauce because it is seasoned with other ingredients and can also be cooked before use.

What is pizza sauce made of?

It is usually made of tomato sauce, herbs, and spices. Other flavoring agents may be used to enhance its flavor.

How will you reheat frozen pizza sauce?

If you opted to freeze your pizza sauce, you could thaw it by placing it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, place the container in a larger bowl with warm water for faster defrosting. You may also heat it in a saucepan or in the microwave. 

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Pizza Sauce

This classic pizza sauce recipe never gets out of style because it’s simply flavorful, appetizing, and palatable.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 3 (12” pizza)
Course Made from scratch, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Calories 148kcal


For the tomato sauce

  • 5 vine tomatoes (small-sized)
  • ½ red onion (small-sized)

For the pizza sauce

  • tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ red onion (small-sized)
  • 1 tsp pepper (crushed)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (finely chopped)


  • Blend sliced tomatoes and red onion.
    After washing your onions, chop them into chunks along with the red onion. Blend them together to create a tangy and flavorful mixture that will be used as the base flavor of the sauce.
  • Saute the onion with herbs and spices.
    Preheat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute the remaining red onion along with the seasoning. Sauteing the herbs and spices can transform it into a balanced and tasteful flavor.
    Allow it to cook for a minute.
  • Pour the tomato mixture into the pan.
    Combine the sauteed herbs with the tomato mixture and cook this for 5 minutes. Use a splash guard to cover the pan.
  • Add chopped fresh basil and cook for 20 minutes.
    Incorporating chopped fresh basil is an excellent way of adding aroma and a mild minty flavor to the sauce. Its flavor is not overpowering but it is enough to add character to the sauce.
    Allow the sauce to cook for 20 minutes or until the sauce is thick. If you want to make a smoother pizza sauce, let it cool and blend it into a smooth paste.



  • Use quality tomatoes for delicious, fresh, and nutritious pizza sauce.
  • Cook the sauce to enhance all of the flavors.
  • You can never go wrong by pairing it with Homemade Pizza Dough or a full-blown Homemade Pizza for all occasions! 
  • If you want to make a smoother pizza sauce, let it cool and blend it into a smooth paste.
  • While tomatoes are not common allergens, there may still be reactions to a tomato-based pizza sauce. You can use alternative pizza sauces, including barbecue sauce, pesto, or Italian dressing.


Serving: 1 (of 3)Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 401mgPotassium: 582mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2087IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
Keyword italian, Pizza, pizza sauce, sauce recipe, tomatoes

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