Pizza Sauce From Scratch

When at a loss as to what to make for dinner, our family heavily relies on pizza. How can we ever lose? However, when we all want pizza and there is no marinara or pizza sauce, then what is a momma to do? Recently I found a recipe for homemade pizza sauce that is literally the easiest recipe ever. With just three ingredients, this easy pizza sauce recipe has a bold flavor and is so smooth and delicious. America’s Test Kitchen has done it again with this win of a simple and amazing recipe.

homemade pizza with pizza sauce

Published March 24, 2022
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Crushed or Fire Roasted

As I typically do not have crushed tomatoes, I did not use these for this recipe. However, I did have a can of fire roasted tomatoes that worked just perfectly. The result was a bold and full-flavor pizza sauce, while being smooth. A can of regular diced tomatoes could also be substituted for crushed tomatoes if you have them on hand.
One joy of having canned foods in the pantry is being able to mix up a dinner or continue with a recipe if you find out you did forget to buy something.

Ultimate Cookbook

I get a lot of recipes and meal ideas from America’s Test Kitchen. They are a show on PBS and test the recipes, gadgets and foods, then they give results and tips. As a result, I have watched their show for over ten years and honestly would not be able to cook well without them. They have a cookbook that is a comprehensive volume of their twenty years as a show, including hundreds of recipes and gadget evaluations.

This recipe for a Quick Tomato Sauce for Pizza is found on page 336 of their 2001-2019 volume. If you do not have this cookbook and you want to learn to make delicious and winning recipes, I highly recommend this cookbook.

Recipe for Pizza Sauce


1 can crushed tomatoes
2 Garlic cloves
1 Tbsp oil
Salt and pepper

ingredients for pizza sauce on countertop by green cutting board

Directions for Pizza Sauce

1. Firstly, place the blade attachment in the bowl of a food processor.

2. Open the can of tomatoes and process in the bowl of a food processor until smooth.

roasted tomatoes in food processor

3. Mince garlic cloves and then set aside.

minced garlic on green cutting board

4. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat, then add the garlic and sauté for 30-seconds or until fragrant.

warm oil in saucepan cooking minced garlic

5. Then stir in the tomatoes to the oil and garlic.

pizza sauce made from scratch

6. Simmer the tomatoes for 15 minutes, until the sauce thickens, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

We used this pizza sauce with two pizzas and had enough that they were not skimping on the sauce. If you need to make more than two pizzas, I highly recommend doubling this recipe. This recipe, when doubled, has enough volume for up to four pizzas that are roughly 14-16 inches. Enjoy!

pizza using homemade pizza sauce

Recipe for Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce From Scratch

1 can crushed tomatoes2 Garlic cloves1 Tbsp oilSalt and pepper
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 cups


  • Cuisinart Food Processor
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Spatula


  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Place the blade attachment in the bowl of a Cuisinart Food Processor.
  • Open the can of crushed tomatoes and then process in the bowl of a food processor until smooth.
  • Mince garlic cloves and then set aside.
  • Heat the 1 Tbsp oil in a saucepan on medium heat, then add the minced garlic and sauté for 30-seconds or until fragrant.
  • Then stir in the tomatoes to the oil and garlic.
  • Simmer the tomatoes for 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
Keyword Homemade Pizza Sauce, Pizza Sauce, Pizza Sauce From Scratch

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I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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