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This Copycat Pizzeria Pizza Sauce Recipe tastes as if it came from your favorite pizzeria. It’s SO easy to make; all you need is 5 minutes and a blender!
This recipe costs about $1.95 to make, which is just $0.16 per serving.
This sauce is perfect for my Pizza Rolls Recipe, Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, or dipping these Pizza Dough Garlic Knots into.
Copycat Pizzeria Pizza Sauce
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 homemade pizza sauce tastes so fresh, has a great texture, and it tastes as if 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 ladle it onto my favorite pizza!
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:
- 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!
How do you make pizza sauce from scratch?
STEP ONE: First, drain the tomatoes in a fine-mesh strainer. Place the drained tomatoes into a blender.
STEP TWO: Next, add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until combined.
STEP THREE: Finally, spread the sauce on your pizza dough of place it in an airtight container in the fridge.
Is pizza sauce and marinara sauce the same?
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.
Can I use pasta sauce on pizza?
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.
What cheese is best for pizza?
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.
- When I make this recipe, I like to make a double batch and freeze the rest. 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, then 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!
- high powered blender
- fine mesh strainer
How much will this Pizza Sauce Recipe Cost?
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 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
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
Copycat Pizzeria Pizza Sauce Recipe
- 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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Easy enough and delicious, love that you added garlic, I always do to! A must try recipe, will do on our next pizza night!
Amy | The Cook Report says
The sauce really makes the pizza and I bet this one tastes amazing!
Annie @ Annie's Noms says
Friday is pizza night in my house too! You can’t beat ending a busy week with homemade pizza and this sauce looks wonderful! I do love making everything from scratch, but I have to admit, what I make from scratch and what I buy depends on just how crazy the week has been haha!
Danielle Wolter says
i can’t believe how easy this is! loving all the ingredients and it is so convenient to have pizza sauce ready for your next pizza 🙂
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
Perfection, tastes just like a restaurant!
Nellie Tracy says
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!
Are you able to make a huge batch and can it? If so, water bath or pressure canning?
You can definitely can the pizza sauce. Just ladle the sauce into hot pint-size jars, clean the rims of the jars, and seal.
Process for 25 minutes in a water bath.
I hope this helps!
A great sauce makes a huge difference! This was delicious!
This sauce is just right! It has the perfect mix of flavors and that “something” that jarred sauce lacks. Delicious!
Debbie Welchert says
Oh my gosh what a wonderful quick recipe. I love how simple it is to make. The sauce sounds so refreshing. I can’t wait to try it.
Nice base for pizza sauce. It’s very close to America’s Test Kitchen sauce recipe.
But always always cook the garlic in the oil for a bit and cook some of the sauce, too, or you’re cheating yourself! Raw garlic has too much of a bite and don’t kid yourself that it will all cook when the pizza is baking. Sauteing it first releases the garlic flavor with a softening of the tomatoes, too. I cook about 3/4 of the mixed sauce then when it’s cooled, I add the remaining raw sauce. I also like a lot more oregano, maybe 1 Tbls.
But cook that garlic and notice the better difference!
That sounds like a great tip of pre-cooking garlic a bit, as well as par cooking a portion of sauce. Thanks!
I’ve made this recipe many times and we love it—it’s perfect! The only change I make is that I use 1/8 tsp garlic powder instead of 1 clove of fresh garlic. I almost never use garlic powder, but my family doesn’t like raw garlic and I don’t want to cook the garlic or this sauce. Thank you!
So glad you love this recipe! Thanks for stopping by to let me know. 🙂
Mary Ann McDuffee says
Awesomely delicious and easy! My husband has digedtive difficulty with many tomato based sauces but not this one. He actually asked me to make pizza again for the grandkids sleepover. Thank you so much!
I’m so glad this recipe was a hit! 🙂
What cheeses mix is best for a pizza. Every pizza place has their own; my local one is more Sicilian (I believe) and their cheese mix tastes smooth, not sharp — but just right.
I personally like an ounce of Parmesan followed by 2 cups of whole milk mozzarella.
I don’t get the hate towards part skim mozzarella, I don’t like all the grease from whole milk mozzarella when its used by its self and I think that blending the 2 makes the best pizzas which is what most of the top pizza places do.
It’s just my personal preference. I feel the whole milk mozzarella makes the pizza taste more like the pizza I had growing up back East.
You can’t beat homemade pizza sauce. This one looks delicious, and simple too.
Shashi at SavorySpin says
YUM – this sauce sounds so fantastic! I usually by pizza sauce premade but this recipe is a game changer!
Jessica Formicola says
We were planning a pizza night for this weekend, so I will definitely be trying this pizza sauce!
Perfect timing! I was just about to try making cauliflower pizza crust for the first time and this sauce should be great on it.
Ana F. says
Once you make your own pizza sauce at home you can’t go back to the jarred stuff! This sauce turned out delicious and it’s so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!
Ana, I am thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe; thanks for stopping by to let me know!