Homemade Pizza Sauce (One Pot)

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The best, classic, quick and easy pizza sauce recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 20 minutes. Loaded with tomatoes and Italian herbs.

Pizza is a go-to in our home, and today’s tomato sauce for pizza recipe makes for the quickest dinner! It’s a delicious basic base sauce that can be altered to your tastebuds. Make sure to add these other homemade Italian sauces to your menu too: Homemade Marinara Sauce (One Pot) and Best Chimichurri Sauce (Blender).

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

How to make best pizza sauce from scratch?

  1. Heat oil– Do this over medium heat.
  2. Add tomato sauce, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic powder, ginger powder, onion powder, sugar, salt, pepper, red chili flakes– Mix until combined.
  3. Let it come to a boil– Then, reduce heat to “Low”.
  4. Simmer- Until sauce is thickened and enjoy.

What to do with homemade pizza sauce recipe?

The most obvious choice is to use it as a spread on pizzas. You can also spread it in sandwiches, burgers and wraps. It’s delicious in Grilled Cheese Sandwich (One Pan).

You can also enjoy it as a dip for garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, fried zucchini, fried ravioli, onion rings, mini meatballs.

You can even add leftovers in soups  to add more flavor. Try it in this Lasagna Soup (One Pot).

Use it as a topping or filling in pasta, tortellini, ravioli, Stuffed Zucchini Boats (One Pan) or Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (One Pan), lasagna, meatloaf, calzones, ratatouille, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan.

Pizza With Tomato Sauce

Variations

Add pesto– Add this Basil Pesto Sauce (Blender) for a flavor twist on the classic sauce.

Add tomato paste– This helps to thicken the sauce, and adds a little more tang to the tomatoes.

Use fresh garlic– You can even use roasted garlic for more depth of flavor.

Use fresh herbs– This is a great way to use those garden herbs plus the appearance is better. I use dried herbs because I always have those on hand.

Make it spicy– Add red chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or even finely diced jalapenos.

Add cheese– Such as Parmesan, Romano, goat cheese, or mozzarella to make it rich and creamy.

Add other seasonings– Try Mexican, Cajun, or Greek Seasonings for a different flavor profile.

Add vegetables– Such as roasted red peppers, chunks of tomatoes, or mushrooms. Onions are my favorite addition. Saute or caramelize them in butter first, for more flavor.

Sweetener options– I like to use granulated sugar, but you can use honey or brown sugar, if you prefer.

Tomato Sauce for Pizza

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– In a sealed container or freezer bag for up to 3 months

Reheat– In the microwave or on the stovetop.

Tips and Techniques

Pizza sauce vs. Marinara sauce/Spaghetti sauce- Marinara and spaghetti sauce can be used for pizza, if needed, but they will be runnier. The other sauce tends to be thicker but is still similar in taste.

Use a non-stick pot– To prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom and burning.

What if my sauce is too runny? How to thicken sauce? Continue simmering until it thickens to the desired consistency.

How to make sauce thinner? Mix in more broth or water.

Adjust quantity of herbs- Add more or less according to your preference.

Use high quality olive oil- The better the quality, the better the flavor.

Make a bigger batch– Just double the quantities of all the ingredients and you will end up with a big batch.

Fresh tomatoes vs. Canned tomato sauce– Either can be used. I like to use the canned version because it’s quick and convenient.

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Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
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One Pot Pizza Sauce

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Quick and easy pizza sauce recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 20 minutes. Loaded with tomatoes and Italian herbs.

Servings: 1 Cup
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade pizza sauce
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 can Tomato sauce 15 oz. can
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried basil
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Granulated sugar
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1/8 tsp Red chili flakes Optional

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium sized nonstick pot over medium heat.

  2. Add tomato sauce, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic powder, ginger powder, onion powder, sugar, salt, pepper, red chili flakes and mix until combined.

  3. Let it come to a boil.

  4. Then, reduce heat to "Low".

  5. Let it simmer for 10 minutes until sauce is thickened and reduced. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Pizza Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 3693mg154%
Potassium 2288mg65%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 2944IU59%
Vitamin C 48mg58%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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