This homemade pizza sauce is quick, easy, and it's my family's favorite go-to recipe for all of our pizza needs. NO tomato paste required!
A great pizza sauce recipe has eluded me for years.
I grew up with a dad that often made his own dough and sauce, so I'm a bit of a pizza snob.
I've been through dozens of recipes, but I could never seem to find the right balance of sweetness, tang, and spice until now.
This sauce has the exact combination of spices and flavor that perfectly compliment any Italian pie, and we use it on all of our pizzas!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Olive oil
- Tomato puree - This is not the same as tomato sauce. Sauce will work, it will just be thinner. I use either Pomi or Bionaturae strained tomatoes for this recipe.
- Spices - Dried oregano, basil, thyme, and fennel are all used.
- Sea salt
- Sugar - This is optional, but it helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
- Red pepper flakes - Optional; adds a kick of heat!
- Red wine vinegar - Apple cider vinegar can be used in a pinch; it serves to brighten up the sauce.
Begin by sauteing the garlic and olive oil in a medium saucepan.
Once fragrant, add in the tomato puree, spices, salt, and sugar.
Let it all simmer 5-10 minutes.
At the end of cooking, stir in a splash of vinegar to brighten it up!
Try the sauce with one of my gluten-free pizza crusts!
This recipe makes a large batch, and can easily be cut in half, if need be.
To freeze any leftover sauce, add it to a freezer bag once it's room temperature. Expel as much air as possible and seal the bag tightly. It's a good idea to label the bag with the date.
This keeps about for about 5-7 days in the fridge and 3-6 months in the freezer.
Here is a complete post on freezing pizza sauce, which includes a method for freezing it in an ice cube tray.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove minced
- 3 cups tomato puree not sauce, see Ingredients and Substitutions above
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- scant ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 big pinch granulated sweetener sugar, coconut sugar, sucanat, etc.
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- Heat the oil in a saucepan.
- Add the garlic and saute just until fragrant (about 20 seconds).
- Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the vinegar).
- Let the sauce heat through and gently simmer for about 5-10 minutes. This allows it to thicken and become more flavorful.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!