Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Homemade pizza sauce is easy to make and, of course, makes the best homemade pizza. What you end up with is the best pizza sauce that bakes into the bubbly cheese and the chewy, crispy pizza crust, giving you the best pizza you’ve eaten outside of N.Y.

Just gather your favorite pizza toppings and make the most delicious homemade pizza at home.

homemade pizza sauce on pizza dough on a pizza peel

One of my favorite meals is a good slice of pizza and a salad. While everyone has their favorite style of pizza, I’m not sure I’ve ever met a person that doesn’t love a good slice.

This is a New York pizza sauce recipe which is thinner, with a light and zesty tomato flavor.

Styles of Pizza

  • Neopolitan pizza originated in Naples and is characterized by its thin round pizza dough, delicate, flavorful sauce, minimal toppings, and light but chewy pizza crust.
  • Sicilian pizza (sfincione) originated in the Palermo region of Italy and is characterized by its thick rectangular pizza dough (think sheet pan pizza), thick sauce, and edge-to-edge toppings.
  • Chicago pizza is what most people think of when they think of a deep-dish pizza. In Chicago, the crust is thin and incorporates cornmeal to produce a crisp pizza crust that is more like a pie crust than a dough. The sauce is a thick, rich tomato sauce, and the toppings are plentiful.
  • New York pizza is similar to Neapolitan pizza (except bigger). New York Style pizza has a thin crust but chewy crust, a light tomato sauce that melts with the cheese. My mouth is watering thinking about it!
  • California pizza covers the gambit in true melting pot style. We have thin crust pizza, flatbread pizza with its crisp, almost cracker-like crust. Then we have our version of deep-dish pizza, which is like a round Sicilian pizza, but you still have the edge crust of a Neapolitan pizza. Plus, toppings are a free for all. California is known for being nontraditional, even when it comes to pizza toppings. You can find everything from traditional pepperoni pizza to one of my favorites, Thai Chicken Pizza with a spicy peanut sauce instead of tomato sauce.
pizza sauce on a spoon, sotred in a weck jar

What You’ll Love About This Recipe

  • This sauce has a light and zesty tomato flavor. It adds the perfect amount of flavor without being overly thick.
  • This homemade pizza sauce recipe is easy to make; you only need a few ingredients and a blender.
  • You’ll have leftovers that freeze well so that you can make more pizza next week too!
New york style pizza with pepperoni and cheese, sliced

What You’ll Need

ingredients for pizza sauce
  • Tomatoes. The flavor of this sauce comes from the tomatoes. I use canned San Marzano tomatoes. For authentic Italian pizza sauce, make sure they are certified D.O.P.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic or one teaspoon of jarred garlic.
  • Oregano. I use dried oregano in this recipe. IIf you have fresh available, use one tablespoon.
  • Salt. Use kosher salt or fine sea salt.
  • Olive Oil. Extra virgin olive oil is best in this recipe.

Extras to Make Homemade Pizza

homemade pizza on a pizza peel

How to make pizza sauce

With only a few simple ingredients and no cooking at all, you can make pizza sauce from scratch. Mix up this recipe in your blender or food processor, and it’s ready to use on your favorite pizza crust.

The real secret to this recipe is the San Marzano tomatoes. They have such a rich tomato flavor; you don’t need any tomato paste in this recipe.

San Marzano’s are also sweet, so you don’t need to add sugar to this recipe. However, there are a few variations to this pizza sauce recipe if you want to mix it up.

Recipe Variations

  • Spicy pizza sauce. If you are looking for a little more heat, add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to this recipe.
  • Greek pizza sauce. Roasted red peppers are a great addition to this recipe if you want to make a Greek pizza with kalamata olives, Greek Chicken, and red onions.
  • Thick pizza sauce. IIf you are looking for more of a Sicilian pizza sauce or Chicago pizza sauce, add one small can of tomato paste, one grated onion, and one tablespoon of sugar. 
pizza sauce in a weck jar

Planning Pizza Night?

Pizza night requires the Best Homemade Pizza Dough, a delicious Ranch Salad because of course pizza and Ranch Dressing are the perfect pair.

Don’t forget the size of Wings.

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pizza sauce recipe on a pizza dough before cooking

Pizza Sauce

Homemade pizza sauce is easy to make and of course, makes the best homemade pizza. What you end up with is a chewy, crispy pizza crust, sauce that bakes into the bubbly cheese and gives you the best pizza you've eaten outside of NY.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 pizzas
Calories 34 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 28 ounces San Marzano canned tomoatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (affiliate link)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or a food processor, blend until smooth.

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Laura’s Tips + Notes

  • Tomatoes. The flavor of this sauce comes from the tomatoes. I use canned San Marzano tomatoes. For authentic Italian pizza sauce, make sure they are certified D.O.P.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic or one teaspoon of jarred garlic.
  • Oregano. I use dried oregano in this recipe. IIf you have fresh available, use one tablespoon.
  • Salt. Use kosher salt or fine sea salt.
  • Olive Oil. Extra virgin olive oil is best in this recipe.
Recipe Variations
  • Spicy pizza sauce. If you are looking for a little more heat, add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to this recipe.
  • Greek pizza sauce. Roasted red peppers are a great addition to this recipe if you want to make a Greek pizza with kalamata olives, Greek Chicken, and red onions.
  • Thick pizza sauce. If you are looking for more of a Sicilian pizza sauce or Chicago pizza sauce, add one small can of tomato paste, one grated onion, and one tablespoon of sugar. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 433mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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