Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Learn how to make pizza sauce from tomato paste in just 5 minutes. With a flavorful combination of seasonings and spices, this will be your new go-to pizza sauce recipe!

Easy homemade pizza sauce made from tomato paste in a glass mason jar with tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper, and basil in the background.

When I first made this recipe I couldn’t believe how easy pizza sauce from scratch is to make. No cooking is necessary- simply stir the ingredients together and you are ready to spread it on your pizza.

I think we can all agree that most foods taste better when they’re made from scratch- this sauce included. Give the quick and easy homemade pizza sauce recipe a try and I am sure that you will agree- this no-cook homemade pizza sauce puts pre-made pizza sauce to shame! 

Why you’ll love this easy pizza sauce recipe

  • It’s made with common pantry staples.
  • It tastes much better than store-bought sauce.
  • No cooking is required- just stir the ingredients together!
  • Easy cleanup – all you need is a single bowl.
  • Gourmet taste in 5 minutes flat!

Ingredients For Your Homemade Pizza Sauce

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Seasonings– Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (cayenne being optional).
  • Sugar– the secret ingredient in this tasty pizza sauce is just a touch of sugar.


  • Substitute fresh garlic or dried minced garlic for garlic powder. If using fresh, I recommend sauteing it in olive oil before adding to the sauce.
  • No Italian seasoning? Add 1 Tablespoon of dried oregano and 1 teaspoon of dried basil instead.
  • Red Pepper Flakes can be used in place of cayenne pepper for a spicy pizza sauce.
Homemade pizza sauce from tomato pasta in a mason jar on a wooden table.

How to Use Homemade Pizza Sauce

Spread the sauce on top of your pizza dough before adding cheese and baking.

The recipe makes enough sauce for 2-3 large pizzas; or several smaller personal-sized pizzas or pizza bagels.

You will find that this pizza sauce pairs well with any of your favorite pizza toppings. Pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, chicken… you really can’t go wrong.  

Or if you want to venture out from traditional pizza, try this sauce on a sheet pan pizza, pizza casserole, or even a calzone or stromboli. 

Have extra sauce? Use it as a marinara-type dipping sauce with garlic bread, pepperoni bread, breadsticks, mozzarella sticks, pizza rolls, toasted ravioli, etc.

Close up photo of thick pizza sauce in a glass jar.


Refrigerator: Store leftover pizza sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. I recommend using a glass jar as the sauce can stain plastic containers.

Make ahead: Get a jump start on homemade pizza night by making the sauce ahead of time. Letting the sauce sit overnight helps the spices incorporate into the sauce so that it soaks up some extra flavor. You can take the sauce straight out of the fridge and add it to your pizza dough/crust – it doesn’t need to be heated beforehand.

Freezer: Place sauce in a freezer-safe container (or portion it out into smaller containers) and freeze for up to 3 months. All to thaw in the refrigerator before using. Tip: Freeze flat in a freezer bag for quicker thawing.

Best Pizza Sauce Recipe FAQs

Do I need to cook this sauce on the stove before spreading it on a pizza?

No. The sauce doesn’t need to simmer on the stovetop beforehand. It will heat up while the pizza bakes in the oven. 

Is pizza sauce the same as pasta sauce?

No. While they are both made from tomatoes, pizza sauce and pasta sauce are different. Pasta sauce (along with marinara sauce) is cooked, while pizza sauce is uncooked. Also, pasta sauce has a higher water content while pizza sauce is less watery, allowing it to hold up better on pizza.

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Don’t forget to come back and let me know how your quick and easy homemade pizza sauce with tomato paste turned out. I love to see your reviews and comments!

homemade pizza sauce in mason jar on wooden table
5 from 7 votes

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
An easy 5-minute homemade pizza sauce recipe using tomato paste, tomato sauce, and a flavorful combination of seasonings and spices. So much better than store-bought and perfect for pizza night!


  • 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste (optional)


  • To a medium bowl, add the tomato sauce and tomato paste and stir until smooth and combined.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate for up to one week until ready to use for homemade pizza, stromboli, calzones, or dipping mozzarella sticks.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
This recipe will yield about 2 ¾ cups of pizza sauce, or enough for 3-4 pizzas (depending on the size).


Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
homemade pizza sauce in mason jar on wooden table

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