Level Up Your Pies! My Grandma’s Secret Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Dominate your next pizza night with this incredibly easy and flavorful homemade pizza sauce recipe. Ditch the store-bought stuff and impress your friends and family with this fresh, customizable sauce that complements any pizza creation.

This recipe is a culmination of the best tips and tricks from the pizza-loving community on Reddit, ensuring you get a delicious and versatile sauce every single time.

Sweet Sauce recipe needed! : r/Pizza
Sweet Sauce recipe needed! : r/Pizza


1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (fire-roasted recommended for extra flavor)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of sugar (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Heat the olive oil: In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering.
    2. Sauté the garlic: Add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.
    3. Incorporate the tomatoes: Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Use a spoon to break up any large tomato chunks.
    4. Season and simmer: Add the dried oregano, red pepper flakes, and dried basil. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly.
    5. Taste and adjust: After simmering, give the sauce a taste. Feel free to add more salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, or a pinch of sugar to adjust the flavor profile to your preference.
    6. Serve and enjoy! Spread the homemade pizza sauce on your favorite pizza dough, top with your desired ingredients, and bake according to your pizza dough recipe.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately):

    Calories: 50

  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 140mg (depending on your sodium content in crushed tomatoes)
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 1g

  • Note: These nutrition facts are estimates only and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This homemade pizza sauce recipe is a game-changer! With minimal effort and a handful of pantry staples, you can create a restaurant-quality sauce that elevates your pizzas to a whole new level.

    The beauty of this recipe lies in its customizability. Feel free to experiment with different herbs, spices, or even a splash of balsamic vinegar to personalize the flavor to your liking.

    With this recipe in your arsenal, you’ll be the star of your next pizza party!


    1. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned?

    Absolutely! For a truly fresh flavor, use 3-4 large, ripe tomatoes. Peel, seed, and dice the tomatoes before adding them to the pan in step 2. You may need to simmer the sauce for an additional 10-15 minutes to achieve the desired consistency.

    2. How can I store leftover pizza sauce?

    Let the sauce cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    3. Can I freeze the pizza sauce?

    Yes! Allow the sauce to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Frozen pizza sauce will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

    4. What other herbs can I use in the sauce?

    This recipe is a great base, feel free to get creative! Try adding a pinch of thyme, rosemary, or even a touch of fennel seed for a different flavor profile.

    5. My sauce is too thin! How can I thicken it?