Homemade Pizza Sauce

No pizza is complete without the perfect red sauce. Try making your own with this delicious and simple homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes better than any store bought sauce!

Homemade pizza can’t be beat, and today we have the perfect pizza sauce recipe! If you’re having homemade pizza night, be sure to also check out our recipes for: pizza seasoning, homemade pizza dough and white sauce!

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Best Pizza Sauce recipe!

Pizza just wouldn’t be pizza without the sauce! You don’t want too much or too little. But just the right amount of sauce on a pizza is what I love. The cheese and toppings melt into the sauce and that first bite is pretty much heaven. There are a lot of different sauces you can put on pizzas (pesto, white sauce, etc.) but the classic red sauce almost can’t be beat.

Stop looking for the best pizza sauce recipe because THIS is it. You’ve found it. This sauce recipe has the best combination of tomato sauce and herbs. It’s a little garlicky, a little sweet from the touch of sugar, and tangy from the basil and tomatoes. We also love that we have the ingredients on hand at all times, which include:

  • tomato sauce
  • basil
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • salt
  • sugar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder

You can also use this sauce for dips as well! Dip breadsticks or mozzarella cheese sticks in it- YUM!! Possibilities are endless.

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How to Make Pizza Sauce

This pizza sauce recipe makes about 2 cups which is perfect for a couple of homemade pizzas. Double the recipe if you’re making more pizza or want to save some for later. IMO you can never have too much pizza sauce.

Ready for the easiest recipe ever? It takes just a few easy steps…

  1. Combine all ingredients into sauce pan.
  2. Bring the sauce to a simmer over low/medium heat. Make sure not to let it boil!

That’s it. So simple and so delicious. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the yummiest.Take the sauce off the heat and let it cool for a little bit. You can transfer it to containers to save for later or put it straight onto your pizza dough. Spread it around and admire it’s beautiful red color!! Then top it with your favorite pizza toppings. Find the perfect pizza dough recipe here.

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How to Store

This sauce does make a few cups, but if you double and find that you’ve made too much or want to make a bunch to have in advance, it’s easy to store.

  • STORE IN FREEZER – spoon into muffin tins and place in freezer until solid. Take cubes out of muffin tin and place in a freezer container or freezer Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw overnight and microwave in bursts or melt in a small pot until sauce is smooth.
  • STORE IN FRIDGE – pour into a jar and cover and keep in fridge for 1-2 weeks.

However you use this sauce, you must try it with your next homemade pizza. You can make a big batch and freeze it or refrigerate it to use later.

Are you craving pizza now? I am!!

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For great recipes to use this pizza sauce with, check out:

Pizza Sauce Recipe

4.92 from 12 votes
No pizza is complete without the perfect red sauce. Try making your own with this delicious and simple homemade pizza sauce recipe that tastes better than any store bought sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 255 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


  • Heat all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer, but do not let boil.
  • Spread on top of dough and enjoy with your favorite toppings.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Such a nice recipe. I love to eat pizza, it is my all time favorite. Whenever I go out with my friends we all love to eat pizza. I have tried it at home but that was not so delicious and yummy.

        1. Yes!! I like to spoon the sauce into muffin tins and place it in the freezer until solid. Take the cubes out of the muffin tin and place them in a freezer container or freezer Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Then to use, just thaw overnight and microwave in bursts or you can melt in a small pot until sauce is smooth.

  2. 5 stars
    My family loves making homemade pizza. I try to keep ingredients on hand & will definitely use this pizza sauce again! It was super easy to make & so flavorful!

  3. 5 stars
    Sounds like a delicious sauce!! Love making my own, so I am excited to give this one a try. We love making pizzas!

  4. 5 stars
    I always just buy sayce from the grocery stote, but this recipe was easy and i had all the iNgredients On hand. Thanks for Posting.

  5. 5 stars
    The spice mIx and sauce recipes have several common ingredients. How do you recommend using them in combination.

    1. If I were using a store bought sauce, I probably wouldn’t need to use the spices in the recipe. I might add a little more garlic & top with more basil, but really it’s a personal preference. You can add more of whatever you like.

  6. 5 stars
    Homemade sauce on homemade dough is a must! Most ingredients are already on hand! Love our new addition to pizza night!

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for this simple, yet DELICIOUS pizza sauce! I used this sauce to make my first homemade “Detroit Style” pizza. It turned out fantastic! I made my own pizza crust, used fresh mozzarella, fresh asiago, and fresh provolone cheeses and YOUR sauce – all together it was PERFECTION! Everyone needs to try this pizza sauce.