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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

For years, I had trouble finding a pizza my family likes. So I started making my own. The evening I served it to company and they asked for my recipe. I thought, "I finally got it right!" When I prepare my sauce, I usually fix enough for three to four pizzas and freeze it. Feel free to spice up my sauce to suit your own family's tastes. —Cheryl Kravik, Spanaway, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Rinse four 1-cup plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
  • 2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine tomato sauce and paste. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cool.
  • 3. Fill all containers to within 1/2 in. of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers. Freeze up to 12 months. Thaw frozen sauce in refrigerator before serving. Yield: about 4 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 26 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein

Reviews for Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"...always loved the inclusion of a tiny taste of licorice as a slight background note to a pasta/pizza sauce. although I use anise seed instead of fennel seed, they both provide a terrific flavor-good job"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I make this regularly. The first time I didn't have any fennel so I made it without and we didn't miss it so I never use it. I like it best with a little sausage in it or some Parmesan cheese in it. Very yummy!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"This an excellent recipe, I love it with the Fennel. I also like that it didn't have sugar in it."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Good! Will make again, added some basill (didnt have any fennel)"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I absolutely love this recipe! I agree with some of the other reviewers, the fennel is what really makes the sauce great :) My only modifications are the use of fresh onion and garlic."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"Absolutely loved this pizza sauce!!!!! So easy to make and it taste amazing! Will never have pizza any other way now!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"This is a great sauce..I also added fresh basil from garden and a little sugar. I will make it again and freeze for winter."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Haven't tried it yet, but I definitely will. I throw carrots in any tomato sauces I make, then take them out before serving/storing...they absorb the acid!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"Great recipe. Very similar to the one I normally make. I find it a bit quicker. Thanks for sharing.."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"I used fresh homemade sauce and fresh garlic. The fennel is a great addition."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"I enjoyed the flavor of the sauce, but it was a little too think for my tastes. Could have been because I let it sit on the stove for a little while after simmering before I added it on the pizza or maybe I put on too much sauce. I also substitued basil for the fennel because I didn't have any on hand. Next time, I might add a little bit of sugar as a previous comment suggested."

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"Didn't have any fennel so made it without and it was wonderful. Will be using again for sure!"

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"Kids liked the recipe. Will make again for pizza. I froze the extra for another pizza day."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"I have been trying pizza sauce recipes and found some I liked, but this one is perfect!"

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"I finally found a pizza sauce that my whole family enjoys! Thank You!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"I have used many store-bought sauce brands and prepared several sauces from numerous on-line recipes. My family says sauce is THE ONE. I followed the recipe precisely. I placed the fennel seeds on a cutting board and used my rolling pin to crush the seeds. After putting the ingredients in a saucepan, I used a hand-held immersion blender on its lowest speed to mix everything. It further pulverized the seeds. I made two (2) twelve-inch pizzas and spread the sauce medium thick. There was enough sauce remaining for another pizza so I froze the remainder. Family absolutely loved the pizza. So much better than those purchased from the chain restaurants."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"Very good! I only added about 1/8 t. of fennel as I had seeds and breaking them was not easy. I'm not a big fan of fennel anyway but realize it does add a nice background flavor. I also added extra onion and garlic powder and about 2T of sugar to take the sour off of the paste. I really like it and will look forward to using the extra I have in the freezer!"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"This was fantastic!"

Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"I've hardly ever made homemade pizza because I can't find a sauce we like. This one is a home run!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"I am making this again tonight. This recipe made enough for four calzones + a pizza and there is still some leftover! I make it without the fennel, but with fresh garlic (as my husband and I are garlic-fiends), and I'll tell you - I had a really hard time finding a yummy pizza sauce but now that I've found this one, I won't use anything else!

Definitely hooked, another great review. ANYONE LOOKING FOR A YUMMY PIZZA SAUCE - LOOK NO FURTHER!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"Delicious! It's so easy and freezes so nicely. The first time I made it my kids asked me why my homemade pizza was so good this time, then they were licking the sauce pan. Didn't have fennel either time I've made this but added fresh garlic. YUM"

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"I've made this twice now, though I still haven't gotten to the store for fennel seed, and it is fabulous anyway. I can get 4 pizzas from one recipe, so I freeze it in small containers. If you haven't made your dough with beer, try it, it is great with this sauce! Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"WOW! This is the best pizza sauce I ever had. I left out the fennel and added some chopped garlic. I froze the leftover in individual containers as my husband wants to use it on his Philly steak sandwiches."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"I liked this recipe pretty good. I did not like so much fennel seed so the last time I made it, I only added a little. I will probably omit it next time since the other poster said it was still good without it."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"I have made this recipe multiple times, but I leave out the fennel seed. It always gets compliments."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Great recipe. I always double it and put in individual freezer containers (enough to make 2 pizzas) so they are on hand (can thaw in microwave for last minute). we usually have make-your-own pizzas every friday night. :)"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"The sauce was fair but for garlic lovers NEEDs garlic!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"This is a great recipe....I made sauce-stuffed crust pizza with this sauce, and it was great! My husband said that it smelled like a pizza place when he walked in the house and smelled the sauce. I will definitely make this again."

Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"One of the best recipes I have found from Taste of Home over the years, and I've made a lot of them! One of our favorite dishes to make on a Friday night.

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2009

"very good! my husband wont let me make homemade pizza without it anymore."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2009

"quite tasty on pizza burgers. I added sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"This pizza sauce is awesome. We make sure we always have some on hand for pizza, pasta, chicken, polenta... Not sure how we ever lived without it!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2008

"We love this sauce. Better than any sauce from a can, restaurant or other homemade recipes. Thanks a bunch!!!"

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