The best pizza sauce ever!

I’m not usually too dramatic with my post titles but this one seriously is the best pizza sauce recipe you will ever need. If you’re looking for a real Italian pizza sauce, this is it. It features no sugar and only calls for 4 ingredients. Homemade pizza sauce from scratch is key to perfect pizza every time.

I’ve said it time and again, but when it comes to authentic Italian cuisine the golden rule is always one: less is more. The best Italian recipes often feature just a handful of ingredients. The secret is to pair them wisely, using the right proportions.

This is very much true especially when it comes to pizza sauce. In Italy the sauce is extremely simple business. Tomato sauce, salt, a drizzle of olive oil and you’re good to go. Just like in this recipe – we’re keeping things simple.

Pizza sauce in a glass jar.

Authentic Italian pizza sauce

I often stumble upon pizza sauce recipes that call for like 10 ingredients and I’m always puzzled. Sugar is often featured, and that’s beyond me. Other ingredients are tomato paste and a whole array of spices that include seasoning mixes and garlic powder.

I am not here to shame anyone, let’s make this clear. There is nothing wrong loving a food one has grown up with. If your idea of a perfect pizza features a thick and very seasoned sauce, I am nobody to say it’s wrong. But if you’re looking for an Italian pizza sauce recipe, here it is.

My pizza sauce is the kind of sauce you’d get on a pizza in Italy. It’s simple to make and only calls for 4 ingredients. If you want to make Italian-style pizza night, you should consider using an authentic Italian pizza sauce. It will pair wonderfully with classic Italian pizza toppings like buffalo mozzarella, gorgonzola, prosciutto, anchovies or artichokes.

A bowl of crushed tomatoes surrounded by various condiments.

Best pizza sauce recipe

This pizza sauce recipe only calls for 4 simple ingredients. Quantities are listed in the recipe card below:

  • Good quality canned tomatoes (I prefer crushed)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt

The procedure is very simple: add all the ingredients to a container or mason jar that can fit an immersion blender, and blend for about a minute. If you don’t have an immersion blender, a blender jug is a good alternative.

Your sauce is ready to use. One portion yields enough sauce for 3-4 regular-sized pizzas or 2 sheet pan pizzas. While it can keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week, I would recommend to make it on the spot when needed. It takes so little time and effort that to me it’s just a part of my pizza night routines.

Mixing tomato sauce and condiments with an immersion blender.

Recipe tips

While turning the crushed tomatoes into a sauce, the use of a blender also emulsifies the olive oil and tomatoes. This produces a creamier (and lighter in colour) sauce than just by stirring the ingredients with a spoon. This is why I would strongly recommend blending this sauce, for the perfect texture.

I personally like to use crushed tomatoes, but diced work equally fine. If you have a favourite passata you can also use that. Blending the sauce, the texture will be smooth in the end regardless of the sieze of the tomato pieces you’re using. If you are using a passata (tomato sauce) make sure it’s 100% tomatoes with no other ingredients added.

Since we’re only using 4 ingredients, go for the best you can afford. Good quality canned tomatoes are rich in flavour and have been harvested when properly in season. If you are using good quality canned tomatoes there is no need to up the tomato flavour with tomato paste.

Authentic tomato sauce for pizza in a glass jar.

Who’s ready for some pizza now? I will not lie, the morning I took the pictures for this post I got such an appetite for pizza that I fed my sourdough starter to get it going. I needed to put this batch of sauce to good use anyway, right?

After jumping on the sourdough bandwagon last year I have become obsessed with sourdough starter pizza, but my go-to recipe has always been pizza dough with a poolish. In my recipe I list the proportions to make a pre-ferment both with yeast or with a little bit of sourdough starter. So the choice is yours.

Happy pizza baking and until next time! Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later reference.

Delicious and easy pizza sauce recipe from scratch. Authentic Italian pizza sauce recipe.

 

Best pizza sauce in a glass jar.
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Authentic Italian pizza sauce

A great homemade pizza sauce recipe that works great on Italian-style pizza. Simple to make with a blender and only 4 ingredients.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword authentic Italian, pizza sauce, tomato sauce
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 98 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food

Ingredients

  • 390 g crushed tomatoes (1 can)
  • 30 g extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/3 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a tall container or mason jar that can fit an immersion blender. Blend for a minute, the tomatoes and olive oil will emulsify. Spread over pizza dough and top with your favourite ingredients.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information provided at the bottom of this recipe is only meant as a guideline.

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Italian pizza sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 323mg14%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 214IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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20 Comments

  1. Farrukh Aziz April 21, 2021 at 14:14

    5 stars
    I wanted to make pizza on the weekend, but didn’t want to use store-bought pizza sauce! The best thing about this recipe is that it uses only 4 ingredients! I need to make this for my pizza!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 09:05

      Hi Farruz! It’s very easy indeed, store-bought doesn’t stand a chance when the effort of making homemade is so minimal.

      Reply
  2. GUNJAN C Dudani April 21, 2021 at 16:48

    5 stars
    I tried this sauce and came out great. Next time I will double up the recipe since my kids are pizza crazy and an extra jar would definitely come in handy for me.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 09:06

      Thank you Gunjan. How awesome!

      Reply
  3. Kathryn April 22, 2021 at 04:35

    5 stars
    I can always use a pizza sauce recipe and I cannot wait to try your recipe. It looks so easy!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 09:06

      Hi Kathryn! That’s right, you never have too many pizza sauce recipes!

      Reply
  4. Allyssa April 22, 2021 at 13:46

    5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this idea! It is indeed the best pizza sauce ever! Will surely use this again!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 09:06

      Thank you Allyssa, I’m glad you liked it!

      Reply
  5. Donna April 23, 2021 at 04:58

    5 stars
    I love how easy this is! I usually make a pizza sauce that I cook for hours which is amazing, but this was perfect when the kids wanted pizza at the last minute and I needed something homemade fast.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 09:07

      Hi Donna! Oh I can imagine a long-cooked one must be amazing indeed.

      Reply
  6. Linda April 25, 2021 at 06:44

    5 stars
    I can see this pizza sauce will be on repeat often. So easy to make, light, and flavorful!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 09:09

      Thank you Linda!

      Reply
  7. Heidy April 25, 2021 at 15:35

    I loved all the textures and flavors of this recipe. I took some pizza to work and shared it with my coworkers, and they seemed to fall in love with your recipe too! I will be looking forward to your next blog post! Your food is remarkable! Our family is from Italy so I totally agree that all the additive ingredients in the sauces made here are NOT authentic.

    Have a great week!
    Heidy

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 18:42

      Thank you Heidy! I’m glad you completely understood what I meant. Store-bought sauces with a gazillion ingredients can be good, too. But this one is authentic. And good 🙂

      Reply
  8. Melanie April 25, 2021 at 16:10

    5 stars
    OMG, this sauce was so delicious! This recipe is definitely a keeper for us, my family loved it and they’re huge pizza fans, so we’re always ready to try something new!!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 18:43

      Thanks Melanie! It can be useful to have a recipe with a short ingredient list sometimes. You never know when pizza cravings hit!

      Reply
  9. kushigalu April 25, 2021 at 16:24

    5 stars
    Homemade sauce is always the best. Love this 4 ingredient recipe. Looks fantastic. Making this soon.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 25, 2021 at 18:43

      Thank you very much Kushigalu!

      Reply
  10. Naiby April 26, 2021 at 03:52

    5 stars
    I love the simplicity of the sauce. I’ve heard Italians like to keep their recipes to be *really* traditional without adding sophistication. No messing around, haha. That’s what makes a recipe truly authentic (even if it only contains 4 ingredients) 😉

    Reply
    1. Eva April 26, 2021 at 07:44

      Hi Naiby! And that is very true, messing around is for more elaborate things, pizza sauce gotta be simple business 😀

      Reply

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