Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Easy Homemade NO COOK Pizza Sauce – this recipe is ready in 5 minutes with ingredients you already have! Homemade pizza is just minutes away.

The flavor of this homemade sauce is tastes even better than the pizza parlor and it’s made at home, where you control the ingredients.

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Homemade pizza is one of the best things in the entire world, isn’t it? I mean, I could eat pizza every single day and be happy with no problems. Plus, it’s so much cheaper and you can make it exactly how you want especially when you make your own homemade pizza sauce.

I used to buy premade pizza sauce, but once I learned how to make homemade pizza dough, I decided I needed to learn how to make homemade pizza sauce, too. Honestly, I kind of cringed every time I used the premade ones, because I didn’t really like them that much. They’re fine in a pinch, but I wanted something fresher and more flavorful. 

The best news? Making your own is so easy and it tastes amazing. You only need a few simple ingredients and a few minutes to make it.

What’s the difference between pizza sauce and pasta sauce?

Honestly – not much. They’re both tomato-based sauces, but sauce used for pizza is often thicker with less liquid so that the dough doesn’t get soggy. And, in the case of this easy pizza sauce, it’s simpler to put together, with fewer ingredients, and no cooking.

When I make pasta sauce, like my favorite marinara sauce, there are a few more ingredients and it needs to simmer for a while. When I make pizza sauce, I throw a few things in the food processor and call it done. It’s literally a 5-minute pizza sauce recipe!

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Ingredients for No Cook Pizza Sauce

  • Canned diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Honey
  • Red pepper flakes

Are you wondering where the tomato paste is? I actually don’t use it and love this homemade pizza sauce without tomato paste. It’s lighter and has a fresher flavor without it.

I think the honey is a little bit of a secret ingredient. Adding it balances out the acidity from the tomatoes and the vinegar – you can’t even tell it’s in there, but it makes a difference.

How to make my recipe

Are you ready for this? It’s so easy!

  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the tomatoes are broken down and all of it is combined.
  • Pour the sauce into a fine mesh strainer and let the excess liquid drain out.
  • Store your sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I told you it was simple – so simple there’s no excuse not to make it. Trust me, your pizzas will be so good!

This recipe makes enough for two pieces, depending on how big they are.

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Recipe Tips and Recommendations!

Straining the sauce is really important. You want to remove all of the extra juices so your sauce doesn’t make your pizza soggy. Different brands of canned tomatoes have different amounts of liquid, so you may need to drain a lot or a little liquid depending on what you use.

If you don’t have a mesh strainer, you can line a bowl with a few paper towels and pour the sauce on top to drain the juices through the towels.

Speaking of the tomatoes, now’s the time to use a good quality brand that tastes great. Since you’re not cooking the sauce, which would develop and concentrate the flavors, you don’t want to use a poor-quality can of tomatoes. I recommend using Hunt’s, Contadina, or San Marzano tomatoes.

The sauce will keep well for up to three days in the refrigerator. Or, you can freeze the pizza sauce for up to a month.

Sometimes I double or even triple the recipe and freeze it ahead of time. Friday nights are usually pizza night at our house so having a batch on hand is really convenient. I just let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight so it’s ready when I need it.

I’ve also used this pizza sauce as pasta sauce when I need something quick. I just warm it up, toss it with hot pasta and lots of Parmesan cheese. It’s so good!

Are you craving pizza yet? I know I am! Use this easy sauce recipe for your next pizza night – I think you’ll love it! Enjoy!

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No Cook Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Easy Homemade NO COOK Pizza Sauce – this recipe is ready in 5 minutes with ingredients you already have! Homemade pizza is just minutes away.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 tablespoon


  • 1 can 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  • Pour sauce into a fine mesh strainer and let the excess liquid drain out.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.
  • This makes enough sauce for about 2 pizzas, depending on size.

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Recipe Notes

You can use whole canned tomatoes too if you prefer.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pizza, sauce

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This Homemade Pizza Sauce only takes 5 minutes and is so much better than store bought! Making it in your blender makes it easier than you ever thought possible.

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