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Homemade pizza sauce with olive oil recipe

Homemade pizza sauce with olive oil recipe

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Slowly simmered tinned tomatoes, garlic and herbs create this delicious pizza sauce. Adding olive oil at the end of simmering helps to keep the flavour.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 800ml tomato passata
  • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:40min ›Ready in:50min

  1. Bring tomato passata, chopped tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar, Italian herbs, basil and chilli flakes to the boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until sauce is thickened and tomatoes have broken down, about 30 minutes. Stir olive oil into sauce and simmer until hot, 1 to 2 minutes more.

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by LilSnoo

A good basic pizza sauce. Much better than store bought! The olive oil really adds a nice flavor. The only I suggest is adding some salt to really make the flavors pop. Be forewarned that this will make a mess on your stove. Now's the time to break out the splatter guard! I did as suggested and quickly pulsed the diced tomatoes in my Ninja before adding to the pot. Worked perfectly!-27 Sep 2017

5-Ingredient Homemade Pizza Sauce

Pizza time! Well, I suppose I should say pizza sauce time, right? But the thing is if you are planning on making a pizza sauce that can only lead to one thing: making homemade pizza!

What is your favorite pizza? Do you make pizza often? Do you use homemade pizza dough to make it? What are your favorite toppings? I am not sure what pizza I love as I literally enjoy any pizza. Salami pizza with lots of cheese is yummy but I also love potato pizza.

Sometimes I make calzone pizza. It’s a great dish and the best thing is you can eat it on the go as well without losing any filling as everything is packed in a pizza dough pocket! It’s like a huge Italian empanada! Sooo delicious!

Today I am sharing with you this simple pizza sauce recipe. I’ve been making this homemade pizza sauce for years and everyone loves it.

Why to make this homemade pizza sauce?

  • It’s easy!
  • It’s quicker than you think!
  • No cooking required!
  • No blender needed!
  • 5 basic ingredients!
  • 3 minutes to make it!

What else is there to say? It gives your pizza the perfect flavor without spending too much time cooking or blending.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Once you try this homemade pizza sauce recipe, you won't go back to the pre-made type. With just 5 simple ingredients, it's fresh & full of flavor!

Once you’ve made homemade pizza dough, what do you make next? Homemade pizza sauce, of course! Yesterday, I wrote about how making pizza dough from scratch is easier than it seems, and luckily, making pizza sauce is even simpler than that. Made with 5 pantry ingredients, this pizza sauce recipe is more cost-effective than using store bought tomato sauce, and it tastes ten times as good. Aside from baking it on the pizza, I don’t cook this sauce, so it retains a lovely tomato flavor that makes any homemade pizza feel fresh and light.

We’ve loved this sauce with all sorts of summery toppings this season. I hope you enjoy it too!

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe Ingredients

My easy homemade pizza sauce recipe calls for 5 basic ingredients, most (or all) of which you likely have in your pantry! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Canned whole peeled tomatoes. Because this recipe is so simple, I recommend seeking out good quality canned tomatoes. If you can find them, choose San Marzano tomatoes, which are especially sweet with a touch of mild acidity.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil. A few teaspoons give the sauce a little richness, so it’s not too watery.
  • And garlic, sea salt, and olive oil. They round out this sauce, giving it a full, robust flavor.

How to Make Pizza Sauce

This pizza sauce recipe is quick and easy to make. Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, all you need to do is plop them in a food processor and blend until smooth!

Rather than cooking this sauce on the stove, I dollop it straight on to the pizza from there. It’s thick enough that it doesn’t need to simmer down on the stove. Baking it in the oven cooks it just the right amount, and it keeps a delightful, fresh tomato flavor.

Once you’ve spread the sauce on your pizza, top it however you’d like! I’m a fan of pairing it with fresh basil leaves, tomatoes, mozzarella, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to make a Margherita pizza, but feel free to play with different toppings. Sautéed spinach, olives, mushrooms, or roasted red peppers would all taste great with it.

Love this homemade pizza sauce recipe?

Top it onto homemade pizza, and then check out some of my other favorite sauces like pesto, chipotle sauce, or cilantro lime dressing!

This recipe can serve 4 9-inch round pizzas. Or you can use as dipping sauce or use as part of marinara sauce as previously mentioned. In case of left-over, you can use it some time later if properly stored.

Refrigerate: Keep refrigerated for up to one week in an airtight container. Bring it to room temperature or warm it gently in the microwave before using.

Freeze: Store in an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to two months. Before usage, bring it to room temperature or reheat it gently in the microwave.

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Sorry, I found this one boring and not very pizza-y.

My kids and I loved this. It reminds me of the "Mediterranean Bread" we order at our favorite pizza joint in Chicago. The topping is delicious but I wasn't crazy about the dough and will substitute my own recipe next time.

We loved this recipe! We grilled the pizza rather than baking it in the oven and it worked great. We're making it tonight for the second time.

I did this recipe because I had 2 back-to-back dinner parties I had to do. I cut the recipe in half and served it as an appitizer and it went over fairly well (mother-in-law didn't care for it. to spicy) It was a change from the same ol'/same ol' appitizer recipes. I wouldn't do it for a supper. not enough substance

Loved the topping on this "pizza" recipe. I made it for a pizza party and cut it into small pieces as an appetizer. Everyone liked it!

Add fresh clams and reduced clam juice for a delicious dish.

I work in a wine store and made this for our Italian tasting-I did put olive oil in the water/yeast mix, and infused oil with the garlic hours ahead. Instead of putting spices in oil, just sprinkled those and some rosemary on after pooling the garlic oil on crust. Wow. I doubled the recipe and shaped into rectangles-cut into 4in pieces(had to feed a lot of people)after baking, and it was all gone. Went well with meaty tortellini antipasto salad and sausages. Not to mention the wines!

The no-trip-to-the-store factor is why I will probably make this again. This is simply pizza dough w/ a garlic-oil topping, and it's a good way to use extra dough. But I wouldn't call it a pizza!

I tripled the recipe for a large pizza. I Passed around freshly grated parm. as it was being served. Everone enjoyed the pizza

This turned out really nice and was so easy to make. Is a great appetizer. Next time I might try making this on the grill.

This recipe is really good. I agree with the cook in Seattle that it's nice not to have to make the trip to the grocery store. Iɽ encourage anyone to try it too. (By the way, I look at the reviews for input on the recipe, not for spelling tips).

Increase garlic to 2 large cloves, and olive oil to 3 tablespoons. I also used 20 ounces of dough, so it took about 15 minutes to cook. The 6-7 minutes in the recipe would be a very thin crust.

I was a bit skeptical before making this pizza, because of it's simplicity, but went ahead, bacause it didn't reguire a trip to the store. Well, I am very glad that I did, it was awesome. I would incourage anyone to try it.

Oil, Herbs & Spices

Herbs and spices are used to enhance the flavor of your sauce. The most common herbs used in pizza sauce are oregano, basil, thyme, sage, marjoram, savory and mint. Oregano is the most popular spice in pizza sauce.

An easy way to spice your sauce is by adding infused olive oil. The bottle will keep for ages in the fridge and it can be put directly on the pizza base of either the raw dough or the precooked pizza.

South Western sauce is olive oil with garlic, oregano, cummin and black pepper.
Recipe for South Western Oil Sauce.

Californian oil sauce: olive oil infused with garlic, pepper, oregano, parsley, basil, marjoram and chili
Recipe for Californian Oil Sauce.

Garlic oil is also very useful and can be made by infusing olive oil with garlic.
Recipe for Garlic Oil Sauce.

An oil infusion that is good with chicken pizza is tarragon oil.

What is in my no-cook pizza sauce

Tomato paste also know as tomato concentrate or tomato puree

Sugar: this is optional but recommended as this recipe only used a teaspoon of sugar which is safe and healthy in my opinion even if you are on a low carb diet. You may want to skip it if you are strictly on a keto diet.

Ingredients variation

Red pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce Without Sugar

Alan and I order out for pizza far too often, so I’ve been sneaking in some homemade pizzas instead of dialing for delivery.

At times it can be convenient to order out, but I always feel like we might as well be playing the Lotto with the money we spend at our pizzeria.

Instead we should toss those bucks into the wishing well! Am I right?!

Once you start making your own pizza dough and sauce you’ll see how inexpensive and easy it is to make on your own.

Plus, not only is this sauce super easy to make, it’s also made without any sweetener.

This sauce does have a pinch of red pepper flakes that heightens the flavor bringing a little zest to the sauce.

Add the sauce on this no rise whole wheat pizza dough. Easy and delicious!

You’ll also want to try this beautiful pull apart pizza you see below!

Can This Sauce Be Frozen?

Yes, make this pizza sauce in advance and freeze in 1/2 cup portions. I use a vacuum sealer, but any freezer safe ziplock bag or container can be used.

Use within 3 months for the best tasting sauce. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using.

Can Fresh Tomatoes Be Used In Place of Canned?

You’ll need about 2 pounds of tomatoes when substituting fresh tomatoes for canned. Remove the skin and prepare as noted in the recipe card.

What To Serve With This Pizza Sauce Recipe

Do you have your sauce ready and ready to enjoy it right away? Be sure to check out these low carb recipes:


The ingredients all together for this recipe are EASY.

  • Olive oil. Brings creaminess yumminess, and is also necessary to cook the garlic.
  • Garlic. Lightly sauteéd to take the bite off.
  • Red wine. A key to this recipe as discussed above.
  • Canned crushed tomatoes. Get the best quality tomatoes your budget will allow.
  • Tomato paste. This is our thickener.
  • Seasonings: salt, Italian, and red pepper flakes. Always adjust to taste.
  • Honey. Tomatoes come with a tart/tangy acidity, so sauces typically need at least a little sugar to take that edge off. I used honey for the flavor.

White pizza is typically made of anything that is. white. Often a dairy based sauce (like this one is), white cheeses, and toppings like chicken, artichoke, and garlic.

Cook your pizza according to the directions on your crust. If you prefer a super crispy crust try baking the crust for 4-5 minutes before adding your topping.

Hello, glorious pizza! No need to go anywhere or get something delivered. Not when you can make something that looks this good with so little effort.