Easy Pizza Sauce

Last updated: June 6th, 2024

Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. As Amazon Associates and through other affiliate programs, we earn from qualifying purchases if you click on a link – at no extra cost to you. We only promote products we actually use and truly love!

This easy delicious pizza sauce recipe will take your homemade pizza nights to the next level! Plus, it makes a great dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, pizza crust… you name it.

A bowl of easy pizza sauce

If you’re tired of using store-bought jarred pizza sauce (or pasta sauce…) for your homemade pizza nights, switch things up with our easy pizza sauce recipe! It’s only 6 ingredients and comes together in about 12 minutes, with minimal effort.

In our opinion, a good pizza sauce should complement the dough, cheese, and toppings and be flavorful without being overpowering. It should be noticed in every bite, but at the same time blend into the background and let the toppings shine. So we developed a super simple, bare-bones pizza sauce recipe that does just that.

Easy pizza sauce recipe in a bowl

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Ingredients

There are only 6 ingredients in our pizza sauce recipe:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Garlic
  3. Crushed tomatoes
  4. Tomato puree
  5. Sea salt
  6. Basil

Really, it’s only 5 ingredients if you count crushed tomatoes and tomato puree as one ingredient, tomato. And do oils and seasonings even count as ingredients? They sure don’t on Guy’s Grocery Games

Either way, this tasty pizza sauce comes together quickly and will be ready to use on your favorite homemade pizza after just a few minutes of cooling. Or, if you’re prepping ahead of time, you can store it in an air-tight container for up to 1 week in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer!

Side note: This pizza sauce also makes a delicious dip for mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, breadsticks, pizza crust, garlic knots… really anything you’d normally dip in marinara. So if you don’t use all 2 cups on pizza night, store the rest in the fridge and treat yourself to a late night snack the next day!

A bowl of homemade pizza sauce

Love this recipe? You may enjoy these other recipes, too:

To browse more of our latest recipes and seasonal dishes, visit our homepage here.

Like this recipe? Don’t forget to share it and follow us on Pinterest!

A bowl of easy pizza sauce

Easy Pizza Sauce

This easy delicious pizza sauce recipe will take your homemade pizza nights to the next level! Plus, it makes a great dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, pizza crust… you name it.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Ingredients, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 cups
Calories 135 kcal


  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 15 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • cup tomato puree
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil


  • In a small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, sea salt, and basil. Stir to combine and let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer sauce to a dish to cool before using or storing in an airtight container.


Recipes:  Try using this homemade sauce for any of our pizza recipes that call for red sauce, like our Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza or Chorizo Sweet Potato Fry Pizza!
Storing: This pizza sauce will keep for up to a week in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer, when stored in an air-tight container. If freezing, defrost sauce in the fridge overnight before using.


Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 887mgPotassium: 1016mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 904IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg
Want more?Sign up for our newsletter here and never miss a new recipe!
Share with us on IG!Mention @candidcooksblog or tag #thecandidcooks!
Follow us on PinterestVisit our profile @thecandidcooks and don’t forget to pin this recipe!
Keyword basil, garlic, olive oil, stovetop, tomatoes, winter
Tried this recipe?Please consider leaving a review!

If you have any questions regarding the information presented in this post, please refer to our Nutrition Disclaimer here.

Looking for kitchen inspiration? Head over to our shop to see what we cook with every day, plus recommendations for foodie gifts and eco-friendly products.

5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

The Candid Cooks © Copyright 2021