The Best Pizza Sauce

I posted this recipe years ago after someone requested that I split it out of the homemade pizza post (that homemade pizza post has incidentally been updated here and finally here with a whole new series on perfect homemade pizza). I happily obliged and now, checking in four or five years after the fact, can attest that this is the best and easiest pizza sauce recipe in the world. I’ve been using it weekly for the last five years and it’s so good, I have no desire to ever use another pizza sauce recipe (strong words, I know). Simple and delicious!

The Best Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

This recipe is very adaptable so feel free to play around with the different seasonings and amounts. I usually forego all measuring utensils and just sprinkle in until it feels right.


  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until desired consistency. I leave mine slightly chunky. You can adjust the seasonings to taste. This recipe is open to interpretation. Use what you like, taste it along the way and it is sure to be delicious!

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

33 Responses to Homemade Pizza Sauce

  1. K. Lou says:

    Hooray! I can’t tell you how honored I feel that you made a special sauce link just for me!

  2. Julianne says:

    Used this one tonight…hooray for a fabulous recipe! We halved it and got a just-right amount for 1 pizza. The only thing we didn’t halve was the 1 tbsp sugar…and that seemed to be about right for us. So if I used the full recipe, I think we’d use at least 1.5 tbsp sugar.

    Thanks yo!

  3. Pizza Sauce says:

    […] never knew it was so easy to do. I found this great recipe about a year ago and it is just wonderful! I really have a thing for chunky pizza sauce so I loved […]

  4. Erin says:

    Making this right now!

  5. […] Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe […]

  6. Katie says:

    i am going to share with you a secret my friends Italian mother told me – add some anise seeds to your pizza sauce. it is awesome. i haven’t tried this pizza sauce but if it is as good as you say it is it will be better if you add some anise seeds. i usually cook my sauce first b/c i like to put sauted onions in mine.

  7. […] Time: 15 minutes Yield: 5-6 servings Recipe for sauce adapted from Mels Kitchen Café […]

  8. Sheila says:

    I have never made homemade pizza sauce before. I just made this sauce and it is delicious! So much better than any I have purchased over the years.

  9. Katie says:

    This pizza sauce rocks! I love how thick it is, but the flavor isn’t too overwhelming. Thanks!

  10. Gail SR says:

    This pizza sauce is seriously good. I have an abundance of tomatoes in the garden, and I used up 2 cups of stewed tomatoes in this recipe. After stewing the tomatoes, I just dumped everything else into the pot and simmered the sauce for awhile. I did not have garlic salt, and I like spicy, so I used 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Best sauce ever!

  11. […] Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe […]

  12. Nelly says:

    Mel, I use this pizza sauce recipe minus 1 tbsp of honey and minus the anchovy paste, OMG it is soo good!! but I will sure try yours!!

  13. Pawherbst says:

    Outstanding! I followed the directions and added a little onion powder. Made two
    14 inch pies and had enough sauce left for another smaller one. The crust recipe is outstanding as well. Everyone loved the pizza!

  14. jUDY says:

    Mel, thank you for this no-cook pizza sauce! Much less cleanup than cooking it, and faster. I am going to use it for no-knead dough to make a mushroom/thyme pizza for dinner tonight. Maybe throw on some kalamata olives I have.

    Yep, I am making an easy and tasty dinner with your sauce.

    Thanks for your wonderful website

  15. Erin says:

    It is waiting to be spread on our homemade crust! Can’t wait to taste the finished pizza!

  16. Melissa says:

    Mel does this freeze okay as I just need to make one pizza tonight. Thank you.

  17. Viktoriya says:

    Would this still eork if you didn’t have diced canned tomatoes and just left them out?

    • Mel says:

      Viktoriya – No…it definitely needs a juicer type tomato to help it resemble pizza sauce. Fresh tomatoes could work though.

  18. Viktoriya says:

    How much sauce would you suggest would go on your most recent easy homemade pizza dough? Like would I cut this sauce recipe in half?

  19. Melanie C says:

    Hey Mel, I love this sauce, it turned out just perfect and very fresh tasting! I have a question, how long do you think it would keep in a sealed container in the fridge?? I have some left and was wanting to save it for ‘pizza night’ next week, do you think it would be ok?

    • Mel says:

      Hey Melanie – I’ve kept it in the fridge for up to a week so I definitely think you’ll be fine for next week. Beyond that, I usually freeze it.

  20. Heidi says:

    I was wondering if I need the tomato paste if I use fresh tomatoes to make this. Looking for a pizza sauce to can.

  21. Aggie says:

    Have you ever canned your pizza sauce? Any tips?

  22. Margie says:

    I make this up in a double batch and freeze to use in the next couple of weeks. It is DELICIOUS! I use it not just for pizza but to make other dishes as well. My favorite is over chicken breasts. I brown the breasts on each side then layer on some sauce, cover and cook til the chicken is done. Garnish with parmesan cheese and black olives.

  23. mahuya dey says:

    Thank you Mel you really helped me by teaching this quick recipe

  24. Heidy A says:

    Always my go-to recipe for pizza sauce! Freezes great too!

  25. lindsey hall says:

    Love this recipe, I saute some garlic cloves in olive oil, toss the spices in for a minute and then add everything else. so good!

  26. Diane says:

    I don’t know if my canned tomatoes aren’t all that juicy (I’ve noticed this in the past), but this was pretty thick for me. I didn’t add about a tablespoon of the paste and added about two teaspoons of water. It tasted very tomato-y (is there a better way to put that… raw? maybe?) but it actually “cooked” enough in the oven and came out beautifully on my pizza. So good!

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