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Homemade Pizza Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

Meet your new favorite red pizza sauce! The secret is out and this is how the pros make red sauce for pizza. It’s ridiculously easy and since there is no cooking required, this red sauce has beautiful tomato flavor similar to what you’d enjoy in a fancy Italian pizzeria!

P.S. We love this on homemade Pizza Dough, but it doubles as a great dip for breadsticks or pizza crust.

Homemade Red Sauce for Pizza in mason jar

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Why this is the BEST Pizza Sauce:

Pizza sauce made from scratch is so much better than store-bought pizza sauces. Pre-cooked and canned sauces tend to dry out on a pizza and the true flavor of the tomatoes becomes dull, while this uncooked sauce keeps it’s vibrant tomato flavor and color.

Authentic pizza sauce is not cooked until it is put into the oven on pizza. I learned how to make the best red sauce from the pizza masters at Bon Appetit and Baking Steal.

Red Pizza Sauce on homemade pizza crust

Ingredients for Homemade Pizza Sauce:

Start with your favorite crushed tomatoes. We love Italian San Marzano tomatoes and a single 28 oz can is all you need to make about 3 cups of tomato sauce. Simple flavorings are all you need: garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fine sea salt, and dried oregano.

You might be tempted to add more than 1/2 Tbsp salt but after the flavors meld, the sauce will be perfect. Also, remember your toppings (like cheese) will also add saltiness to your pizza.

Ingredients for making pizza sauce with crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt and oregano.

How to Make Pizza Sauce:

To make this easy tomato sauce for pizza, all you need is a blender or food processor and there is no cooking required – seriously!

  1. Pulse together all of the ingredients until blended and well-combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 7 days before using. It’s best the next day.

Blending pizza sauce ingredients in a blender

How to Store Pizza Sauce:

We love this red sauce because it is a make-ahead recipe. It keeps really well for at least a week in the refrigerator and just gets better with time as the flavors meld together. We love it best the next day which is perfect with our overnight pizza dough.

  • TO REFRIGERATE: Pour sauce into a mason jar or airtight storage container, cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • TO FREEZE: You can also freeze pizza sauce by portioning into freezer-safe zip bags, remove any extra air and seal. Lay flat in the freezer and it will be quicker to thaw.

Red sauce for pizza on a spoon over a mason jar

P.S. If you prefer a white sauce for pizza, make sure to try our homemade garlic-parmesan White Pizza Sauce. It is our children’s favorite and the one they always request for homemade pizza.

Get the Print-friendly Recipe for Red Pizza Sauce below: 

Homemade Pizza Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Red Sauce for Pizza in mason jar

This is how the pros make pizza sauce. It’s easy with no cooking required. This red sauce has rich tomato flavor. It’s also perfect as a dip for breadsticks or pizza crust.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com

Skill Level:


Cost to Make:



pizza sauce, red sauce for pizza


American, Italian


Condiments, Sauce

Calories: 32 kcal

Servings: 12 (Makes 3 cups of pizza sauce)

  1. Combine all of your ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse together until well combined and blended.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for the flavors to meld at least 3 hours or store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Pizza Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 32
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 378mg16%

Potassium 194mg6%

Carbohydrates 5g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 142IU3%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 23mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

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