Homemade Pizza Sauce

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We have big love for pizza at my house. All four of us regularly agree that pizza for dinner is a great decision! Sometimes we pick up take-out pizza, but mostly I make a semi-homemade version of it at home.  Pizza is really a quick and easy meal to whip up, especially if you keep an open mind about using some form of store-bought pizza crust… like I do. 

I like to keep my crew guessing when it comes to the chosen bread vehicle for our favorite pizza toppings, but some of my preferred choices are: freshly baked French bread from our grocery store bakery, English muffins, bagels or mini-bagels. Once I even tried something a little extra out-of-the-box and made individual pizzas with toasted tortillas! The kids thought that meal was a laugh riot and they really enjoyed helping me make them. 

It’s all good here and I’ve not received any complaints about not serving freshly tossed dough on our pizza night!

How to make homemade pizza sauce.

No matter the crust I use for my homemade pizza, it’s always topped with this simple, homemade pizza sauce. It’s made with just a handful of pantry-staple ingredients such as canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasonings and salt and pepper.

This is truly a no-fuss recipe. I mean it, there is absolutely no slicing or dicing involved in the making this easy pizza sauce! 

In just minutes, this recipe yields a thick, fresh-tasting sauce with uncomplicated flavors that my whole family enjoys. This pizza sauce is great to make ahead of time when you know it’s going to be a busy week. Make this small batch and simply store it in an airtight container (I love mason jars!) in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Or, if you are an organized menu planner and pizza night is scheduled later on in the month for your family, this recipe freezes well and you can make weeks in advance to save yourself a step at a later date. When you are ready to use it, just leave it out on the countertop on your way out in the morning. It will thaw out while you are out for the day.

I hope you enjoy this easy pizza sauce as much as we do! Happy eating, y’all!

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Favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Cuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
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  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I used McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian)

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  • In a medium-size sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and stir. Mix in all the spices. Cover pot and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste until the sauce becomes smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning as you prefer. Bring pot back to a simmer and then turn off the heat.
  • Enjoy as a topping for homemade pizza or a delicious dipping sauce for breadsticks!


  • Recipe as published on A Little Fish in the Kitchen at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.


  1. I love that you make homemade pizza and homemade pizza sauce. My sauce is probably the simplest ever… Just the tomatoes, that’s all. Thanks for your offer of support on the new blog… It premieres this weekend, and I hope there are too many hiccups. Fingers crossed…

  2. It never occurs to me to make my own pizza sauce and I have no clue why! I love how easy and tasty your recipe is! I can’t wait to make this for our homemade pizzas!

  3. Love this homemade pizza sauce recipe! Better than store-bought any day!

  4. That is such a flavorful and delicious looking homemade pasta sauce. It is so easy to make too. Thanks for sharing the recipe – will try for my family.
    Just like you, I make pizza with just about any base, along with ones you mentioned I’ve made them on frozen Indian rotis/ naans as well πŸ™‚

  5. Terrific looking pizza sauce! This is just loaded with flavor. Thanks!

  6. Homemade tomato sauce is a sure fire winner. Love the idea of having some in the freezer ready to bring out at a moment’s notice. Love the idea of pizza too πŸ˜€

  7. With Lent around the corner, I see a few meatless pizzas in our future. Homemade pizza sauce will make them even tastier!!! Can’t wait to try your recipe, Marcelle.

  8. Yum, I also make my own, so good!

  9. Fresh homemade food is always better!

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