Tomato sauce for homemade pizzas is one of the all-time easiest DIY projects. It’s made with just a few ingredients — canned tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil — and a quick blitz in the blender or food processor. You can even freeze it in single pizza-sized portions to make things all the easier for yourself on pizza night!
Here is your step-by-step recipe, with everything you need to know to make homemade pizza sauce tonight.
Use Canned Tomatoes
Canned tomatoes are just great for making homemade pizza sauce. You can use whole or diced tomatoes, but make sure no spices or herbs have been added. You want basic, everyday, plain tomatoes here! Fresh tomatoes can be used too, but can make a watery sauce; use only paste tomatoes, or squeeze the tomatoes of excess liquid before blending.
Any variety of tomatoes works just fine for making pizza sauce — even your grocery-store brand. For the classic Neapolitan pizza experience, however, pick up a can of San Marzano tomatoes. They’re a little sweeter and meatier than other varieties, and they can really level-up your sauce game for pizza night.
Don’t Cook the Sauce!
This pizza sauce is ready to be used as soon as it’s blended — no cooking needed! Spoon it right onto the pizza, cover with additional toppings, and bake. If you’d like a thicker sauce, strain the tomatoes from their juices before blending.
This isn’t just for convenience — a no-cook sauce will actually taste better on your pizza, giving you that fresh, zippy tomato flavor, even after it has been baked in a hot oven.
How To Make Homemade Pizza Sauce
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can whole or diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, plus more to taste
3/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Blender or food processor
Muffin tin, if freezing
Freezer bag or container, if freezing
Chop garlic in food processor. Pulse the garlic 2 to 3 times in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
Purée the sauce. Process the ingredients until they're completely puréed, stopping the motor and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Use the pizza sauce. This sauce is ready to be used as is — no cooking required. Just spoon it onto a round of pizza dough and use the back of the spoon to smooth it out. This amount of sauce makes enough for 8 medium pizzas, depending on how much sauce you like on your pizza.
Refrigerate or freeze the sauce. Refrigerate unused sauce for up to 1 week. To freeze the sauce, spoon any unused sauce into muffin tins. Freeze until solid, then pop the frozen cubes out of the mold and transfer to a freezer container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before using on pizza, or microwave the cubes in 30-second bursts until they melt into a sauce.