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Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Pizza is one of my absolute favorite food groups, and yet I don’t usually make Homemade Pizza Sauce…until now! I finally have a sauce that is perfect, and actually better than the Dei Fratelli sauce that I normally buy. I can add as much garlic as I want, or switch out fresh and dried herbs. The possibilities are endless…..

Every night will be pizza night once your family tries this amazing Homemade Pizza Sauce! cookingwithcurls.com

Thick and flavorful, just like I like it!!

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I didn’t even put it in the blender, I left it chunky and used it to make my Pepperoni Pizza Muffins. The original photos were awful, so this was a good excuse to remake them. 😉

Homemade Pizza Sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for Pepperoni Pizza Muffins! cookingwithcurls.com

Ah yes, the life of a blogger. Being forced to repeatedly eat yummy foods in order to get better pictures, LOL.

This sauce is so easy to make, that I made it while the Homemade Pizza Dough was rising in the bread machine. 🙂

How to make Homemade Pizza Sauce:

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until soft and translucent…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce saute cookingwithcurls.com

Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce garlic cookingwithcurls.com

Very carefully pour in the crushed tomatoes or they will splatter all over! Then add the basil, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce tomatoes cookingwithcurls.com

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and barely simmer for 30 minutes until thick…..

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You don’t want to boil all of the liquid out of the sauce or risk burning the bottom. 😉  Test the sauce and adjust the seasonings as necessary…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce taste cookingwithcurls.com

Use immediately, or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days…..

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Or cool completely and store in the freezer for up to a month. {not in a glass jar}

how to press garlic:

Have you ever used a silicone garlic peeler before? Yes, it’s food-grade silicone. 😉 I hadn’t so I was quite intrigued. You just put the garlic clove into the sleeve, roll it back and forth on a hard surface, and the peel comes off like magic…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce peeled cookingwithcurls.com

Next, place the garlic clove into the garlic press and squeeze…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce pressed cookingwithcurls.com

Press towards the bowl, not towards your camera/face or you will end up wearing it!! This was just to show you how it worked. Scrape the garlic off with a knife and press as many more as you need.

I have more thing to show you before you go. I am constantly coming across people complaining that garlic presses are too hard to clean…seriously?

Homemade Pizza Sauce garlic pressed cookingwithcurls.com

Run the garlic press under hot water. To remove the bits that are stuck in the holes, you just have to tap a dish brush up and down through the holes on the outside of the press to push the garlic out…..

Homemade Pizza Sauce brush cookingwithcurls.com

Then I rub the whole thing down with a soapy sponge. It takes, like 30 seconds to clean! 😉 You can also clean in the dishwasher since it is made out of stainless steel, but I never put anything important in a dishwasher!


Every night will be pizza night once your family tries this amazing Homemade Pizza Sauce! cookingwithcurls.com

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Every night will be pizza night once your family tries this amazing Homemade Pizza Sauce!
5 from 4 votes
Print Rate
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: sauce, tomato, recipe, basil, garlic, pizza
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 14 Servings
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes I used Dei Fratelli
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped, fresh basil leaves (or substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, stir, and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, oregano, basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer sauce, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.
  • For a smoother sauce, place in a food processor or blender and process until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to a month.


This recipe makes approximately 3 1/2 cups of sauce. Serving size is 1/4 cup.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. I’ve just got back from Italy, so i’ve been craving homemade pizza lots lately! Love this pizza sauce, it’s so simple to make! 🙂

  2. Homemade pizza sauce is the best! I can’t wait for the weather to cool down a bit so we can do pizza night again! 🙂 Pinning to try!

  3. That looks so great. A group of bloggers and I have a weekly Tuesday link up and would love you to check it out and share your posts. I hope you will join us next week.

  4. 5 stars
    Super easy to make and great taste. It works really well in a vegan lasagne amongst many other recipes.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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