Homemade pizza sauce is easy to make and a delicious way to use all those ripe tomatoes in your garden. Make a big batch then freeze or can the leftovers and you can enjoy that fresh homemade taste all year long.

Are Pizza Sauce And Spaghetti Sauce The Same

It isn’t rocket science. Pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce are made with the same ingredients. The main difference is that pizza sauce needs to be thickened so that it stays on the pie. There are a few ways to thicken a tomato sauce. One way is to add some thick tomato paste. This is usually from a can so it is my least favorite option since we are shooting for homemade pizza sauce. You can also use the usual thickening agents like corn starch. Wondra works great as a thickener as well. I have used pasta sauce for pizza sauce before. It works well aside from one thing, jar or cans of sauce just aren’t spiced the way I like them.

How To Make Homemade Pizza Sauce Easy

This easiest way to make your own sauce is to take a jar of sauce, put it in a saucepan, add whatever extra spices you like, then thicken it with a little cornstarch. This is overly simplistic, and frankly, not very impressive.

Fresh homemade tomato pizza sauce from scratch.

Fresh Homemade Tomato Pizza Sauce

How To Make Pizza Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes make the pizza sauce taste amazing. Getting a basic sauce from tomatoes is really petty easy. I like to use Roma tomatoes but you can use any tomato. Start by getting a large pan of water boiling. then place a few tomatoes in the water until you see the skin start to peel off. Remove the tomato and let it cool enough to touch it. Do this with all your tomatoes. Next, I peel the tomatoes over a bowl, the reason I do this over a bowl is that as you peel the skin, a lot of the juices escape. Next, do your best to remove as many seeds as you can, again I do this over the bowl to preserve the juices. Then toss the tomatoes in a large saucepan, then strain the bowl of seeds and juice over the saucepan leaving skin and seeds behind. Now you can puree the tomatoes for the sauce.

How To Thicken Pizza Sauce

Now that you have your basic sauce, I like to bring the sauce to a low simmer and start adding spices. This is also where I add the thickener because some thickeners need to be heated. I also think that cooking the sauce helps to meld the spices. Some factions say that pizza sauce isn’t cooked. I think that is a matter of taste.

Delicious fresh homemade pizza sauce.

Delicious Fresh Homemade Pizza Sauce.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pizza Sauce
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People
Calories 460 kcal


  • 10 to 15 whole Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp corn starch


  1. Boil the fresh tomatoes until the skins start to come off. Remove and let cool.

  2. Peel off the skins and remove the seeds from the tomatoes. I remove the seed over a bowl to save the juice from the tomato. Then I strain it into my saucepan with the seedless tomatoes.

  3. Over medium heat, using an immersion blender, blend the tomatoes till they are just blended. Do not over blend or you will have tomato soup.

  4. Once blended add the spices and bring to a simmer. Add cornstarch if the sauce needs thickening. Let simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes. 

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