This easy, no-cook easy pizza sauce recipe is perfect for making in bulk and freezing for pizza emergencies (which are totally a thing) and makes the BEST pizzas when combined with homemade pizza dough, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.
The ingredients for this homemade pizza sauce recipe are all pantry staples making it so easy to make your own sauce from scratch. As with any tomato sauce, you can add herbs and spices to your own taste preference but I like to keep things super simple with pizza sauce. Oregano is the only seasoning I use because I love its flavor on pizza but feel free to add garlic powder, basil or chilli or red pepper flakes too.
- Tomato puree / Tomato passata. I prefer using pureed tomatoes but you could use canned whole tomatoes (If you can find San Marzano tomatoes I would suggest using them) too. Simply crush the canned tomatoes with your hands or a potato masher or blend the sauce in a blender.
- Tomato paste. This is optional but I like the intense tomato-flavor it adds to the finished sauce.
- Sugar. Optional but it works well to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes.
- Dried Oregano. You could use any herbs you like, basil or marjoram will be delicious too. I like using dried herbs in this sauce which makes storing it easier but you could use fresh herbs too.
- Extra-virgin Olive oil.
How to make pizza sauce
It really couldn’t be simpler. This sauce isn’t cooked so there’s no need to simmer it in a saucepan. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Adjust seasoning if necessary. The sauce needs to be subtly seasoned since most pizza toppings are on the saltier side. Use immediately on pizza bases or follow the directions below for freezing or refrigerating.
Can you freeze pizza sauce?
Yes! Pizza sauce freezes very well. Transfer the sauce to freezer-safe containers or bags and freeze for up to 6 months. Simply thaw before using. The sauce can also be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container or a jar. This sauce is also great as an add-in for soups, stews, Bolognese and as a quick pasta sauce. I often make a big batch and keep some in the refrigerator and freeze some for later use.
Can I use pasta sauce for pizza?
In a pinch, yes you can. You’ll need to strain the sauce through a very fine sieve or through a paper towel-lined strainer to get rid of the excess moisture which will result in a soggy pizza.
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Easy homemade pizza sauce
- 2 cups tomato passata / tomato puree
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp sugar
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Use on pizza bases of your choice or store for later use.