Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Are you like me? Any excuse to eat “red sauce” like marinara or pizza sauce is a good one? I always order extra on the side at restaurants. Love it.

Pizza sauce is actually my favorite part of pizza. If I had to rank pizza components, I would say: 1) sauce, 2) dough, 3) toppings, and 4) cheese. In college, when my sorority would order 10 or 20 pizzas for an event, one or two would always have “no cheese.” Understood it, loved it, ate it. Dipped it in more pizza sauce.

Pizza Sauce-3 This Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce is easy to make – no chopping and simmering onions and carrots – just stir all of the ingredients together. Adjust it to your taste by playing with the red pepper flakes and cayenne. This sauce is also inexpensive – a can of tomato paste, even organic, is easily under $1, and the additional ingredients are some that you can always have around and use in endless recipes. And it tastes great – I love the sweetness from the honey and the salty full flavor from the cheese. The more I make my own sauces, the more that store-bought versions leave a processed aftertaste.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
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There are a number of herbs and spices in this recipe, but if you keep them all in the same corner of your pantry, or mix the dry ingredients in advance, it is a cinch to throw together.
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 12 oz
  • 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 6 ounces very warm water (warm enough to loosen up the tomato paste)
  • 3 T grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 2 T honey
  • ¾ t onion powder
  • ¼ t dried oregano
  • ¼ t dried marjoram
  • ¼ t dried basil
  • ¼ t ground black pepper
  • ⅛ t cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ t dried red pepper flakes
  1. In a 4-cup bowl, mix the tomato paste with the warm water. {I use a small silicone spatula to get the paste out of the can, and then I fill the same can with water to reach 6 ounces and stir it together using the same spatula.}
  2. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until incorporated.
  4. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to spread on dough or use for dipping - just stir it well if it sets while cooling.

Pizza Sauce-2Use this Homemade Pizza Sauce on store-bought dough, or make your own! It’s also great for dipping Garlic-Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots, or breadsticks.

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/exquisite-pizza-sauce/


  1. Chris says

    I have fiddled with this recipe over the years. I honestly believe the honey component should be 2 teaspoons…. not Tablespoons. It’s gotta be a mistake/typo.

    • says

      Hi Chris! Thanks for the comment. I checked the recipe that I worked from. It’s actually Tablespoons – if that was a typo in that recipe, I don’t know, but I use Tablespoons myself. Feel free to use less if that is too sweet for you! I have been trying to eat less sugar this month, and that would be one place to cut it, for sure. Hope you like the recipe, otherwise!

  2. Janet says

    Best ever pizza sauce. I’ve been looking for the perfect pizza sauce. Last week I made one that had anchovies in it. I hate anchovies. It haunted my sauce. I could just sit and eat your sauce by it self. Thank you for a great sauce recipe.

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