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This is truly the best pizza sauce recipe. It’s made with mostly fresh ingredients and is completely dairy-free and gluten-free. Make a large batch to freeze for later or use it right away!

Best Homemade Pizza Sauce

Best Pizza Sauce

Do you enjoy ordering a pizza on Friday nights? This used to be a tradition of ours until we discovered the best pizza sauce and homemade pizza dough.

Now we just whip up our own pizzas at home and they are way better than any we’ve ever ordered.

The great thing about making pizza sauce at home is you have full control over the ingredients. You can fill it with fresh herbs, load it with spices, make it sweet, or even make it spicy!

This recipe is one that we adore and turn to over and over again. It gained the label because it truly is the best pizza sauce we’ve ever made.

We loaded it with fresh basil and garlic then simmered it for an hour so the flavors really meld.

And because the recipe calls for crushed tomatoes, we like to puree the sauce at the very end so it’s smooth. This is totally optional though!

What type of pizzas do you plan to make with our new favorite sauce?

Best Pizza Sauce made with fresh basil

Best Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

To make this pizza sauce recipe, you will need:

  • Onion: Look for a small to medium onion
  • Garlic: There are 3 cloves of garlic in this sauce
  • Crushed tomatoes: Just one 28 ounce can is all you need
  • Tomato paste: Enhances the tomato flavor
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, and oregano
  • Fresh basil: Don’t skimp on the basil
Best Pizza Sauce Ingredients

How to Make the Best Pizza Sauce:

To make this easy homemade pizza sauce recipe, simply…

  1. Sauté the onions and garlic. Cook them with a little olive oil for about 4 minutes, until the onions are soft.
  2. Add everything else and cook. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a low boil then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  3. Puree and serve. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Best Pizza Sauce Recipe in a jar

Best Pizza Sauce Recipe Variations:

There are quite a few ways you can doctor up this pizza sauce recipe.

  • Add dried thyme: If you like thyme, it’s the perfect addition. Start with ½ teaspoon.
  • Add lemon juice: 12 teaspoons is enough to brighten the sauce.
  • Add more sugar: If you like your sauce a little sweeter, toss in another tablespoon or two.
  • Add spice: You can make the sauce spicy by adding cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper.
  • Add Parmesan: Add a couple tablespoons of grated parmesan.
Best Pizza Sauce with breadstick

How to Store Homemade Pizza Sauce:

Refrigerate – Cool for 1 hour and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freeze – Cool for 2 hours then transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and use within 4 days.

Reheat leftover sauce in a saucepan with a lid over low heat until heated through.

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Yield: 3 cups

Best Pizza Sauce

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This is truly the best pizza sauce recipe. It’s made with mostly fresh ingredients and is completely dairy-free and gluten-free. Make a large batch to freeze for later or use it right away!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook the oil, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until the onions are soft, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt, oregano, pepper, and basil. 
  3. Cook the sauce over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to bubble. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. (The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.) 
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce or let it cool for 20 minutes, then puree it in a blender.

Make ahead tip

  1. Refrigerate – Cool for 1 hour and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  2. Freeze – Cool for 2 hours then transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and use within 4 days.
  3. Reheat leftover sauce in a saucepan with a lid over low heat until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

¼ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 308mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Nutritional values here on our recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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