Classic Pizza Sauce Recipe – Best ever homemade pizza sauce is robust in flavor and extremely easy to make! Making pizza sauce from scratch is well worth the extra effort. This sauce is not only great on pizza but is also delicious as a dipping sauce.
I know it may be easier to just grab a jar of pizza sauce at your local grocery store, but making your own from scratch is so much better! And luckily this is super quick and easy to make! It only takes about 25 mins from start to finish.
This recipe will give you about two cups of pizza sauce which is enough for two medium pizzas. If you are cooking for a larger crowd, you can easily double this recipe.
Ingredients you need to make Classic Pizza Sauce:
Tomato Sauce – You’ll need one 15 ounce can of tomato sauce. You can also use crushed tomatoes in this recipe.
Garlic Cloves – Fresh garlic is best in this recipe! If you don’t have fresh, you can substitute for 1 tsp garlic powder.
Onion – Yellow, white or red onion all work great in this recipe.
Celery – You’ll need one celery stick finely chopped. Celery adds a delicious hearty flavor to the sauce.
Olive Oil – If you don’t have olive oil, you can substitute for avocado oil.
Basil – Fresh or dried basil would be fine but fresh is always better!
Oregano – You may use fresh or dried oregano in this recipe.
Salt – I almost always use sea salt in my recipes but you can use any cooking salt you prefer.
Black Pepper – Fresh cracked or ground black pepper would both be fine.
Tools to have on hand for this recipe:
- Saucepan – For cooking the marinara sauce in.
- Cooking Spoon – To stir your sauce while cooking.
- Cutting board – Prepping veggies for the sauce.
- Grater – Prepping veggies for the sauce.
- Measuring Spoons + Cups – To properly measure all of your ingredients.
How to make the best Classic Pizza Sauce at home:
Place olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and celery and cook for about 5 mins or until soft. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Stir in remaining ingredients to the pan and cook for another 15 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Serve on your favorite pizza dough or use as a dipping sauce for breadsticks and more!
*Store leftover pizza sauce in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
More Pizza Sauce Recipes you’ll love!
White Pizza Sauce – Creamy and delicious pizza sauce made with parmesan cheese, garlic, and herbs. This recipe is so easy to make and can really transform your pizza into something so delicious!
Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – Slightly spicy and sweet barbecue sauce made with delicious bold flavors. Perfect for grilled meats, homemade pizzas, sandwiches and more.
Ranch Dressing – Best homemade ranch dressing recipe! Perfect for a chicken bacon ranch style homemade pizza.
Side dishes to pair with pizza:
Buffalo Chicken Nuggets – Baked buffalo chicken nuggets or “buffalo popcorn chicken” are the perfect, most delicious appetizer recipe! Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Simple Caesar Salad – My quick and easy caesar salad is made with homemade dressing, crunchy romaine, croutons and freshly shaved parmesan cheese.
Baked Potato Wedges – Seasoned potato wedges baked to golden perfection are the perfect appetizer or side dish. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!
Fried Zucchini – “Zucchini Fries” are the perfect appetizer or side dish dipped in your favorite marinara sauce or ranch dressing. This is also a great way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies!
Classic Pizza Sauce
- 1 15.5 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 onion finely chopped
- 1 celery stick finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 5 basil leaves finely chopped or 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Place olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and celery and cook for about 5 mins or until soft. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
- Stir in remaining ingredients to the pan and cook for another 15 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Serve on your favorite pizza dough or use as a dipping sauce for breadsticks and more!
This post was originally published on August 22, 2018.