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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 the 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. 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.
  • 2. Pour into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Freeze up to 12 months. Thaw frozen sauce in refrigerator before serving. Yield: about 4 cups.

Recipe Note

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 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan.

Nutritional 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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Cucumbersome User ID: 9175071 266260
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7749892 248436
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"

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 241881
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!"

bell5429 User ID: 7427943 226660
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."

Kasha User ID: 179140 25493
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

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

Donut Queen User ID: 6883809 9626
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."

guenslerm User ID: 7974628 9938
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!!!!"

haffey2 User ID: 4879499 14819
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."

NancyPiotrowski User ID: 7460335 11610
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!"

PEEEEKAY User ID: 7532055 11608
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

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

MollyMoocher User ID: 4299412 14759
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

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

s_pants User ID: 174050 8040
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."

crazylady33 User ID: 6775870 8037
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

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

Pilates51 User ID: 7136239 9625
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

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

jomidwoo User ID: 3328192 9559
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

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

lopezwr1ter User ID: 6747772 14951
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

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

bamacharm76 User ID: 7097177 25490
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."

radtec User ID: 6201787 11011
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!"

BRiker6087 User ID: 6954948 9554
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"This was fantastic!"

ButterLovingGirl User ID: 2638029 10314
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!"

mrsb1218 User ID: 4192408 11109
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!!!"

nicolethecook User ID: 6122017 24083
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"

marlowesmom User ID: 1394533 14949
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."

chicken11 User ID: 926813 11507
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."

momof2nc User ID: 4466256 14941
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."

ajank User ID: 3986728 20772
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

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

mello4413 User ID: 2879061 9521
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. :)"

ginamarmstrong User ID: 3358166 6404
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

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

cookinNC User ID: 4119721 9520
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."

Kichler073 User ID: 32326 11506
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"This recipe is a keeper!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 9516
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"

beksand User ID: 2556544 6403
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2009

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

florinda92986 User ID: 3135809 14922
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2009

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

Lin-Dser User ID: 787535 8036
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!"

gritts User ID: 3032218 11108
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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