Homemade Pizza Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

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This homemade pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes is garden fresh, and so easy to make.

homemade pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes

Some things just don’t need to be complicated. This sauce is all about what’s fresh, simple and on hand.

Made from fresh, ripe tomatoes, this easy peasy homemade pizza sauce tastes heavenly and is healthy and wonderful for you as well.

Honestly, anything you make with fresh tomatoes is going to be better than canned. Fresh tomatoes almost always have more flavor, and less acidity.

Looking for a yummy crust to go with this? Check out our homemade pizza crust!

homemade pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes

What are the best tomatoes for pizza sauce?

The best tomatoes for pizza sauce are plum or Roma tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Roma and plum tomatoes work well because they’re a fleshy tomato that cooks well, making a thicker sauce.

You’ll also get better flavor in your fresh pizza sauce with homegrown tomatoes, especially heirloom varieties.

I love to use heirloom tomatoes fresh from the garden. These are the same ones I use in our homemade chunky salsa recipe for canning.

That said, any tomato that’s fresh and ripe will make a delicious tomato sauce. You just make have to simmer varieties like Early Girl or cherry tomatoes a little longer until they thicken up.

Here’s what you’ll need for pizza sauce from fresh tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 5 cups of fresh tomatoes, seeded and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of sugar

How to make homemade pizza sauce from garden tomatoes

We don’t take the skins off our tomatoes, preferring to have all of that delicious fiber in our sauce. Instead, we use a hand blender to pulverize the skins in the last step.

Heat the olive oil to medium low in a medium pot.

Saute garlic gently for 3 or 4 minutes.

Sauteeing garlic for homemade pizza sauce

Add fresh tomatoes, salt, basil and oregano to pan and simmer slowly for 30 minutes.

Add sugar halfway through cooking, to taste.

Use a hand blender to mix. This will grind the tomato skins into the sauce.

stirring homemade pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes in pot

Enjoy! This sauce is perfect with a margarita pizza with fresh basil baked on a homemade crust.

This recipe will makes enough sauce for four – 12 inch pizzas. 

Homemade Pizza Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

homemade pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes

This homemade pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes is garden fresh, and so easy to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 5 cups of fresh tomatoes, seeded and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil to medium low.
  2. Saute garlic gently for 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Add fresh tomatoes, salt, basil and oregano to pan and simmer slowly for 30 minutes.
  4. Add sugar halfway through cooking, to taste.
  5. Use a hand blender to mix.

Notes

This recipe makes enough sauce for four – 12 inch pizzas. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

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21 comments

Liz March 3, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I am doing homemade crust right now, but my next project is the sauce!

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Robert December 19, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Did you peel the tomatoes first?

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M Caroline December 21, 2017 - 4:14 pm

Hi Robert,

I like my pizza sauce chunky, so I don’t peel tomatoes. It’s also a lot faster not to peel them 🙂

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Melanie August 2, 2019 - 9:16 am

Have you canned this sauce?? How long would a do a water bath for it!!??

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M Caroline August 2, 2019 - 9:59 am

Hi Melanie! I haven’t canned this sauce yet, though that’s a great idea. A water bath of about 45 minutes for a pint jar would be about right. The USDA has a really helpful guide with canning times (which change a bit depending on your altitude) here https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/usda/GUIDE03_HomeCan_rev0715.pdf . If I canned the sauce, I’d probably peel the tomatoes first using a hot water bath. If you haven’t done that, I talk about it a bit here in my homemade chunky salsa recipe for canning: https://www.theparentspot.com/recipes/homemade-chunky-salsa-recipe-for-canning-farm-fresh-and-delicious/
Enjoy!

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Jessica October 4, 2019 - 11:27 am

How many pizza’s would this do?

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M Caroline October 20, 2019 - 10:50 am

Hi Jessica, this recipe will make enough sauce for four – 12 inch pizzas. Since it’s made with fresh tomatoes, that may vary a bit if your tomatoes are more or less watery.

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Vicki B. July 2, 2020 - 5:14 am

This sauce was delicious! I was wondering if I made it a day ahead, does it store well in the fridge? Thanks!

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M Caroline July 2, 2020 - 12:09 pm

Hi Vicki! So glad you liked it! I store mine in the fridge often. It stays fresh for 3 or 4 days.

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Arriel July 10, 2020 - 6:48 am

What is “seeding” a tomato exactly? Do you just spoon out the entire inside?

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M Caroline July 10, 2020 - 10:16 am

Hi Arriel! You scoop out the seeds, usually with a spoon. There’s a fleshy part of the inside that you can leave behind.

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Kait July 17, 2020 - 6:50 pm

This sauce was fabulous! Have you put it in the freezer at all and had success with cooking it a month or two later?

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M Caroline July 17, 2020 - 7:28 pm

I’ve had great success freezing it!

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Brittani Jo July 18, 2020 - 7:48 am

Hello! I was looking for a homemade tomato pizza sauce recipe, and so far, I want to use this one with my home grown heirlooms. I do not have extra virgin olive oil, and was wondering what I can use as a substitute? Thanks!

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M Caroline July 18, 2020 - 8:23 am

Hi Brittani! I haven’t tried it, but you could try a liquid vegetable oil like canola or avocado oil, though I think olive oil would be much tastier. Let me know how it turns out!

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Ashley Bryan September 5, 2020 - 8:14 am

Could I use a Ninja blender in place of a hand blender?

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M Caroline September 5, 2020 - 9:42 am

Absolutely!

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Ann September 17, 2020 - 10:34 am

Hi ,would love to try this,Can dried basil replace fresh?

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M Caroline September 17, 2020 - 2:06 pm

Absolutely! You can substitute 1/8 teaspoon dried basil for the fresh basil.

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Pamela September 19, 2020 - 10:55 pm

I made this today but it seemed very watery so I simmered an extra hour almost. It still seems less thick than a pizza sauce should be. Any ideas?

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M Caroline September 19, 2020 - 11:07 pm

Thickness can vary a lot, depending on the type of tomato you use. Roma tomatoes make a thicker sauce than most other tomato types.

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