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. You can also freeze pizza dough for an easy pizza night when the craving hits.

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: 

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Homemade Pizza Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

4.98 from 183 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 (Makes 3 cups of pizza sauce)

Instructions

  • Combine all of your ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse together until well combined and blended.
  • Cover and refrigerate for the flavors to meld at least 3 hours or store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Per Serving

32kcal Calories5g Carbs1g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat378mg Sodium194mg Potassium1g Fiber3g Sugar142IU Vitamin A6mg Vitamin C23mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pizza Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)
Amount per Serving
Calories
32
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
378
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
194
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
142
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiments, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pizza sauce, red sauce for pizza
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 32

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  • Colleen
    January 3, 2024

    I made this pizza sauce tonight for supper and it turned out perfect. I tweaked it little used my own home grown tomtoes that I had in frezzer. Left over sauce is in the fridge for round two. Next I am going use left over pizza dough two make to smaller ones and try your white sace on them.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 3, 2024

      That’s great, Colleen!

      Reply

  • Warren G
    December 17, 2023

    I add a few leaves of basil and about 3/4 Tsp of salt…..Perfection!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 17, 2023

      Yum!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    October 13, 2023

    Hi, can’t wait to try this sauce with home grown tomatoes.
    Can this sauce be frozen , if we make a huge batch?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 13, 2023

      Hi Lynn! Yes- see my note above for storing.

      Reply

  • Gary
    October 8, 2023

    OK for you purest that insist on using your tomatoes, we used a squeezo on raw tomatoes to make a sauce and remove the seeds and skins. We then rendered it down to one half volume to get the thickness we wanted. this might be different for you depending on your particular tomatoes and how thick you want your sauce. we then let it cool, took 28 ozs out of the pot and used this recipe. it came out perfect1

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 8, 2023

      Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Steve Garich
    September 3, 2023

    This sauce is for people who love garlic. I ‘m not one. I thought the garlic flavor was overwhelming.

    Reply

  • Amy
    August 14, 2023

    I made this sauce today using fresh tomatoes. I also added a 2 tbsp of tomato paste to thicken it up and 1 tsp of sugar I like my sauce with sweetness flavor.

    Reply

  • Joy
    August 12, 2023

    Hi there, how long will this last in a vacuumed freezer bag in the freezer…a year?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 12, 2023

      Hi Joy, from what I’ve read, when frozen properly, pizza sauce will last up to 6 months in the freezer.

      Reply

  • Lorraine Hennessey
    July 25, 2023

    This may be a silly question, but do you heat the sauce before putting it on the pizza dough?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 25, 2023

      Hi Lorraine! There is no need to heat it up. Thank you for asking.

      Reply

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