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Cast iron skillet pizza dough spread with a thick homemade pizza sauce.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
This Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe is thick and chunky. Perfect on top of homemade pizza dough baked in the oven or on homemade grilled pizza dough.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Condiment, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 80 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (fresh or jarred)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 56 oz. canned crushed tomatoes ((two 28 oz. cans))
  • 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sugar ((optional))
  • 1 teaspoon salt
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  • In a heavy bottom skillet or large pot heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the fresh or dried rosemary and the minced garlic to the pan. Sauté on medium low for two minutes to wake up the flavor of the herbs.
  • Add the 2 cans of crushed tomatoes, tomato paste to the pan and mix until combined.
  • Add the Italian seasoning, salt and sugar to the pan. Mix well to combine.
  • Simmer the sauce until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the pizza sauce for 30 to 45 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove pot from the burner and cool to room temperature.
  • Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the pizza sauce over an 8 or 9 inch size homemade pizza crust and add your favorite pizza toppings before baking. Use ¼ of a cup of sauce for a large 12 inch round pizza.

Recipe Expert Tips

  • Use 2 to 3 tablespoons of pizza sauce for an 8 or 9 inch round personal pan sized pizza.
  • Use ¼ cup to ½ cup of sauce for a 12 inch pizza.
  • Makes 5 ½ cups of homemade pizza sauce.
  • Leftover pizza sauce can be frozen for another meal.
  • Add other vegetables, like diced peppers, squash, zucchini or eggplant to make a chunky vegetable pizza sauce.
  • tomatoes: You can substitute crushed fresh tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes in place of the canned crushed tomatoes.
  • meat sauce: you can add cooked ground beef to the recipe if you like a meat sauce on your pizza.
  • chunky sauce: you can add diced squash, onions, or peppers to make a chunky vegetable pizza sauce.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 462mgPotassium: 518mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 468IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
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