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Pizza Sauce (Best Homemade Recipe!) – A Couple Cooks


This homemade pizza sauce recipe gets rave reviews! It uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes in a blender: no cooking required.

Pizza sauce recipe

Need a great pizza sauce? Here’s the one you’ve been looking for: this irresistibly tasty homemade pizza sauce recipe! All you need are 5 ingredients and a simple whiz in the blender. Dip your spoon in, and you’ll be absolutely amazed: it’s garlicky, rich, tangy and bright: all in just 5 minutes. This recipe is one of our most-used on this website: once you try it, you’ll never go back. Come, experience the magic!

Ingredients in this pizza sauce recipe

There are just 5 ingredients in this pizza sauce recipe. Even better: it requires no cooking, just a simple whiz in the blender! The flavor depends on the quality of your ingredients, so choose wisely. Here are a few things to know about the ingredients:

  1. Canned fire roasted tomatoes: Try to find this type of canned tomato if at all possible! Roasting tomatoes over an open flame brings a mellow, sweet flavor right out of the can. Several brands carry this special type of tomato that’s become widely available. If you can’t find them, use the highest quality crushed tomatoes you can find.
  2. Small garlic clove: Garlic cloves widely vary in size. This recipe calls for a small clove — if you don’t have one, use half a medium or a quarter of a large clove (see the video below if you need a hint on sizes). This is important so the sauce doesn’t end up too garlicky.
  3. Dried oregano: Make sure to use dried oregano that’s fairly new so that the flavor is strong enough. If it’s been in your cabinet over 1 year, it’s time for a refresh!
  4. Olive oil: Use extra virgin olive oil. Always.
  5. Salt. No recipe is complete without salt (we always use kosher salt: here’s why).
Homemade pizza sauce recipe

How to make homemade pizza sauce

How to make homemade pizza sauce? Many methods simmer the sauce on the stovetop. But after loads of testing, we found that fire roasted tomatoes make it possible to whiz right up in a blender. Every time we make it, when I dip my spoon into that beautiful red sauce after blending it, it’s beyond my wildest dreams. Here are the steps:

  • Peel the garlic. Peel the garlic clove and slice it into a few rough pieces.
  • Blend everything! Throw the garlic into a blender with the fire roasted tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, garlic and salt, then blend them up until fully combined. It’s as simple as that. Take a taste, and…well, you’ll be amazed by the flavor! We’ve had countless people tell us that it’s the best pizza sauce they’ve ever had.
Pizza sauce
Best Margherita Pizza is made perfect with this pizza sauce recipe!

Ways to serve it!

Of course, the best way to serve this easy pizza sauce recipe is ON PIZZA! You can also use it as a dipping sauce for grilled cheese or breadsticks, in baked pasta, or for a pizza quesadilla. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

  1. Pizza like Margherita Pizza, Goat Cheese Pizza or Homemade Cheese Pizza
  2. Sheet-style pizza like Sheet Pan Pizza or Focaccia Pizza
  3. Deep dish pizza like Cast Iron Pizza or Pan Pizza
  4. Calzones like Easy Calzone Recipe
  5. Dipping sauce like with Grilled Cheese Dippers
  6. Alternative pizzas like Portobello Mushroom Pizza, Easy Eggplant Pizza or Quick Tortilla Pizza

This pizza sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.


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This homemade pizza sauce recipe gets rave reviews! It uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes in a blender: no cooking required.

  • 15 ounces crushed fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic (1/2 medium)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Scant ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  1. Cut the garlic into a few rough pieces (no need to mince it).
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until fully combined. (This pizza sauce is Italian-style, which has a slightly runnier texture than American style pizza sauce. See the video for the desired texture!) Store refrigerated for 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.


*If at all possible, try to find fire roasted tomatoes! They’re available at many mainstream groceries these days and have a mellow, sweet flavor. If you absolutely cannot find them, use a high quality brand of crushed tomatoes. Inspired by Flour Water Salt Yeast

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pizza Sauce Recipe, Pizza Sauce, Homemade Pizza Sauce

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