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Homemade Pizza Sauce

For years, I had trouble finding a pizza sauce recipe my family liked, so I started making my own. The evening I served it to company and they asked for my recipe, I knew I'd 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 the sauce to suit your own family's tastes. —Cheryl Kravik, Spanaway, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 cups


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Pour into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Freeze up to 12 months. Thaw frozen sauce in refrigerator before serving.
Editor's Note: Use the sauce with crust and toppings of your choice to make a pizza; 1-1/3 cups of sauce will cover a crust in a 15x10x1-in. pan.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 26 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Kathy
    Jun 22, 2020

    We do not use the fennel seed, but do go through a lot of this sauce. We use it with 2 ingredient dough for homemade pizza.

  • newgrandma
    May 8, 2020

    So here we are locked down because of COVID19. And no pizza sauce in the pantry! So I tried this and it is better than most purchased ones I have tried. I cut it in half and left out the fennel as I didn't have any. I will make again!

  • Newrecipejumkie2
    Aug 11, 2019

    This is delicious and so easy to make! I omitted the fennel seed as I didn’t have it and also the salt. Didn’t miss either one. I am thinking about giving this at Christmas.

    Jan 26, 2019

    I have tried at least six "homemade" pizza sauce recipes, this one is the best! It was delicious when first made, and today I used sauce I had frozen, and it was perfect!! Nicely done Cheryl!!

  • Cucumbersome
    May 24, 2017

    This is one of the best pizza sauces I've ever tasted! The creativity of this recipe inspired me to take that creative spark to another level. As I was spreading this sauce over my pizza dough, a thought occurred to me. Why stop here? What else can I use this sauce for? Well, I know what the reader is already thinking. "Use it for other Italian cuisine, right?" Wrong. I pondered how I could apply this amazing sauce in unorthodox ways and on things you normally don't associate with pizza sauce. My garage door squeaks when it opens and closes. Sure, I could use a can of lube I bought from Home Depot, or I could lather on some of this extra sauce. Sounds crazy right? Sometimes crazy IS right, and after a few spatulas of this sauce onto the hinges, I see my jealous neighbors glare at me when my mini-van approaches a silent garage door opening.

  • Psalm127-3
    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

  • krysfielder
    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!

  • bell5429
    May 20, 2015

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

  • Kasha
    Oct 6, 2014

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

  • Donut Queen
    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.