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Find out how to make authentic Italian pizza sauce with this easy homemade recipe! 

A glass Weck jar filled with bright red homemade pizza sauce.

One of my culinary missions on our last visit to Italy was figuring out how to make the BEST authentic Italian pizza. Last time it was Authentic Tomato Bruschetta and an Aperol Spritz. There was something very different from the pizzas I had been making for years at home. I realized after trying many pizzas in Italy, that the most notable difference was the sauce. I’ve made this easy pizza sauce recipe a few times at home, and am so happy to report it tastes just like in the Italian restaurants we loved. Like my Fresh Tomato Marinara, Salsa, and Dairy-Free Pesto recipes, this one is a great staple to know. 

Whereas the pizza sauce I lazily pick up from Trader Joe’s refrigerator section has a deep, rich tomato flavor loaded with spices, the pizzas in Italy had very fresh tasting sauce, without much else in them. Could it really as simple as using crushed tomatoes alone? After a bit more research, I found that my suspicion was correct. When it comes to making the best authentic pizza sauce at home, less is definitely more. Neapolitan pizza master Vito Iacopelli, shared on Youtube how he makes tomato sauce for pizza and it’s just this way with a few simple ingredients. One of my favorite Italian cooking magazines, Sale e Pepe, makes pizza even simpler by only using tomato puree and sprinkling a little salt and pepper. 

Pizza Sauce Ingredients 

The ingredients for homemade pizza sauce sit on a marble counter: a can of tomatoes, fresh basil, and salt.

With recipes this simple, it’s important to use the highest quality ingredients you can find. In this case, tomatoes are the star. Use whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes for the best flavor.  

How to Make Pizza Sauce at Home

Whole tomatoes, fresh basil, and salt in a glass bowl.

Remove those gorgeous tomatoes from the juice, but don’t discard it. Place the drained tomatoes into a blender or bowl with a small handful of fresh basil leaves and pinch of sea salt. If you prefer, crush those tomatoes with your hands and then add in chopped basil. 

A jar of freshly made easy pizza sauce.

Pulse or use an immersion blender to blend the tomatoes. Don’t blend too long, just until the desired consistency is reached. I prefer homemade pizza sauce a little chunky (as it often is in Italy). If needed, thin the sauce by adding a little of the reserved juices at a time. Can you believe it’s that easy? I know. I know! 

If you’re like me and feel like homemade pizza sauce should be cooked before using, don’t worry. This sauce does cook just the perfect amount while the pizza bakes. The result is a pizza sauce with the most delicious fresh flavor. 

How to Store and Use Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade pizza dough, sauce, and Miyoko's Mozz vegan Mozzarella on a marble countertop.

If you’re not using the pizza sauce immediately, store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator, or freezer. 

Pizza dough topped with homemade pizza sauce.

To use, spoon a layer of sauce over your prepared pizza dough

Close up of the perfect Margherita pizza made from scratch with homemade pizza dough and sauce.

Bake your homemade pizza in the hottest oven possible and enjoy your creation. 

How to make the best easy pizza sauce at home from scratch. This homemade pizza sauce recipe is made with tomatoes and fresh basil.
Yield: about 2.5 cups

Pizza Sauce

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes

How to make authentic Italian homemade pizza sauce. The key to making the best pizza sauce recipe is to use the best quality ingredients you can find.

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 (28 oz.) can/jar whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Remove the tomatoes from the sauce and place into a blender (or bowl if using an immersion blender)
  2. Add the salt and basil leaves.
  3. Pulse until the sauce is chunky or smooth, depending on your preference. To thin, if needed, add 1 tablespoon of the sauce from the can at a time (I don't use any).
  4. Use your homemade pizza sauce right away, or store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 212mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.