This Copycat Pizzeria Pizza Sauce Recipe tastes as if it came from your favorite pizzeria. It’s SO easy to make; you only need 5 minutes and a blender!
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This is the Best Pizza Sauce Recipe!
I don’t know about you, but my family has a designated pizza night every week. For us, it’s Fridays.
We either order takeout from our favorite pizzeria, or I make pizza from scratch. Over the years, I’ve been playing around with this Pizza Sauce Recipe, and I finally nailed it!
This pizza sauce tastes fresh, has a great texture, and tastes like it came from your favorite pizzeria! The secret to my sauce is that I use canned whole tomatoes, and I DON’T cook it! I blend it up and spoon it onto my favorite pizza!
Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe reader testimonials
Folks are LOVING this recipe. Here are some comments I have gotten from readers:
Stephanie said: “Hands down the best pizza sauce I’ve ever had! I made this sauce a couple of weeks ago but I forgot to print the recipe. I just spent an hour looking for it…..saving to favorites so I don’t lose it again. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing it.”
Kim said: “I don’t often take the time to review recipes but this sauce is THE BEST. Simple, fresh-tasting, and EASY to make. I don’t think I’ll ever make any other sauce. This lives up to my NJ pizza standards!”
Noelle said: “We had a make your own pizza night last night and I used this recipe and everyone loved it! Added so much flavor to the pizza.”
Nellie said: “When you become the hero at your house over a recipe you know it is a good one! Will be hanging on to this one!”
Ted said: “Jillian, I have never tried homemade pizza before. I saw your recipe and it looked so good I had to give it a try. I was amazed at the results, they were delicious. The crust and sauce had the best taste you could ask for. Thanks for posting it.”
Things I love about this recipe for Italian Pizza Sauce
- It’s made completely in the blender.
- It takes 5 minutes or less to make.
- It’s a no-cook recipe.
- It costs just $1.95 to make.
- It tastes like the pizza sauce from your favorite pizzeria!
Best Pizza Sauce ingredients
RECIPE COST: $1.95
PER SERVING COST: $0.16
NOTE: The recipe prices are used calculating name-brand products from Walmart’s website. The recipe’s actual cost will vary depending on what your pantry is already stocked with and current grocery prices.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. I prefer a robust EVOO – $0.14
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar – $0.02
- 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes – $1.66
- 1 large garlic clove minced – $0.05
- 1 teaspoon table salt – $0.01
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – $0.01
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar – $0.01
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano – $0.05
How to make this Italian Pizza Sauce Recipe
STEP ONE: First, drain the tomatoes in a fine-mesh strainer. Place the drained tomatoes into a blender.
STEP TWO: Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until combined.
STEP THREE: Finally, place the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.
How to store this Italian Pizza Sauce Recipe
To store Italian pizza sauce, follow these steps:
Store: Place the airtight container in the refrigerator. Pizza sauce can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
Freeze: If you have a large batch of pizza sauce and don’t plan to use it all within a few days, you can freeze it for more extended storage. Use freezer-safe containers or freezer bags to prevent freezer burn. Leave some room at the top for expansion as the sauce freezes. Freeze for up to 6 months.
Thawing: When ready to use the frozen sauce, transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. You can also thaw it in the microwave on a low setting or reheat it directly on the stovetop.
Best Pizza Sauce Recipe Notes
- I like to make a double batch and freeze the rest when I make this recipe. I divide the pizza sauce among small freezer-safe containers. This way, I pull what I need from the freezer when I need it.
- This sauce will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. Just defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and give it a good stir before using.
- This sauce will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator when kept in an airtight container. Just give it a quick stir before using it!
- If you love garlic, add an extra clove to the recipe below!
- This pizza sauce is also great for my Pizza Rolls recipe!
- Make this sauce for my Perfect Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Recipe!
Best Pizza Sauce FAQs
While the ingredients for pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce are similar, there is one main difference. Pizza sauce is uncooked, while pasta sauce is cooked.
Yes, you can, but it would be a little thin. I would mix this sauce with a 4-ounce can of tomato paste and double the herbs and garlic in the recipe below.
My favorites are whole milk mozzarella (MUST be whole milk and not part-skim) and Parmesan. But you can get super fancy and add other cheeses such as gouda, goat, and ricotta.
Yes, you can use pizza sauce for spaghetti! Pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce share many essential ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and spices, so they are similar in flavor. While pizza sauce is typically thicker and chunkier to hold up to the toppings on a pizza, it can still work as a tasty sauce for spaghetti.
Pizza sauce and Italian sauce differ in their ingredients and consistency. Pizza sauce is generally made from tomatoes, garlic, herbs (like oregano and basil), and sometimes a touch of olive oil. Pizza sauce tends to be thicker and more concentrated, allowing it to hold up well on the pizza crust and not make the dough soggy.
Italian sauce typically consists of tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil, and a mix of herbs (such as basil, oregano, and thyme). It is cooked to develop deeper flavors and is usually smoother in texture compared to pizza sauce.
Marinara sauce and pizza sauce are similar in some ways, using the same basic ingredients. However, they are not the same, and the two have some key differences.
Pizza sauce may have a more concentrated flavor profile, while marinara sauce often includes additional ingredients like onions, olive oil, and sometimes even carrots and celery.
Marinara sauce is usually smoother and thinner in consistency compared to pizza sauce. It is designed to coat pasta dishes evenly, while pizza sauce is thicker and chunkier to avoid making the pizza dough soggy during baking.
- high powered blender
- fine mesh strainer
More pizza recipes:
- Pizza Rolls recipe
- Perfect Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Recipe
- New York Style Thin Crust Pizza
- Perfect Homemade Pizza Dough
- Pizza Dough Garlic Knots
- Supreme Pizza Pull-Apart
- French Bread Pizza
- Lunch Box Pizza
- Strawberry Pizza
- BBQ Chicken Pizza
Best Pizza Sauce Recipe
- fine mesh strainer
- 28- ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 large garlic clove minced
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Drain tomatoes in a fine mesh strainer and place drained tomatoes into a blender, discarding drained liquid.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely combined about 30 seconds.
- Use the sauce in your favorite pizza recipe or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- This makes enough sauce for (3) 14-inch pizzas.
- Makes about 1.5 cups of homemade sauce.
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