how to make pizza sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes

How to make pizza sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes: it's easy and delicious!
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how to make pizza sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes

I have two homemade pizza sauce recipes here on Kitchen Treaty. First, we have this one right here, Our Very Favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce. I’ll tell you up front that this pizza sauce recipe is a bit of a time investment, but trust me. It’s TOTALLY WORTH IT.

This homemade pizza sauce takes an hour and a half to make, but most of that is simmer-time on the stove. All of that simmer time results in an incredibly rich, hearty, flavor-bomb of a pizza sauce situation. SO GOOD.

A spoonful of homemade pizza sauce

(If you’re short on time, I have a pizza sauce recipe for that, too! Check out my 5-Minute No-Cook Pizza Sauce recipe. That one is delicious too!)

In my opinion, a great classic pizza sauce has a pronounced tomato flavor (with a pinch of sugar to both highlight tomatoes’ sweetness and also balance the acidity), a good amount of garlic, a nice hit of earthy oregano, a slight bit of heat, and, well, not much else. Simple is better.

Ingredients for homemade pizza sauce

This homemade pizza sauce recipe, slightly adapted from Sunset magazine, calls for either fresh or diced tomatoes – fresh can be better, but diced are still absolutely terrific (and how I make it the majority of the time). Just start with good tomatoes and your sauce will be all the better for it. (And, of course, canned whole tomatoes will work too).

I like to make a double batch and freeze individual portions for future Friday pizza nights.

Homemade pizza sauce being spread on a pizza crust

The key to the recipe, other than the simple list of meaningful ingredients, is the time it takes to simmer uncovered. It cooks for an hour and a half, allowing the flavors to mellow and meld and the sauce to thicken to the perfect consistency.

You’re going to want to make this one again and again. Because an amazing “pizza” isn’t just about the crust – it’s about an incredible pizza sauce, too.

A cheese pizza with homemade pizza sauce

Making it kid-friendly

Making this sauce for kids? Consider leaving out the red pepper flakes, or only adding a small pinch. I like to make two separate batches – one with more heat for the adults, and no heat for the kiddos. If you end up with leftover sauce, try freezing it for easy homemade pizza-makin’ later on.

If you try this recipe, please leave a rating! And, if you find it share-worthy – which I hope you do – please share. Tag #kitchentreaty on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, and don’t forget to check out my other recipes!

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