Pizza Sauce

$1.81 recipe / $0.60 per pizza

I can’t very well go on an obsessive pizza spree if I don’t make my own sauce, right? Right. Well, not only is pizza sauce super easy to make but it’s also less expensive than the store brand (what, you’re not surprised?).

I like slightly chunky pizza sauce so I used diced tomatoes in mine but if you like a smoother sauce, pick up some crushed tomatoes instead. The funny thing about crushed tomatoes is that they really look like they’ve been pureed rather than crushed. So, don’t let the name fool you. Crushed tomatoes will give you a smooth sauce.

This recipe makes enough for 3 to 4 large pizzas, depending on how much sauce you like. If you’re not one to make three pizzas at one time, simply freeze the rest in individual freezer bags. The sauce thaws in a jiffy so you’ll have some ready the next time you’re in the pizza mood.

Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

pizza sauce
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Total Cost: $1.81
Cost Per Serving: $0.60
Serves: 3 pizzas
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced or crushed tomatoes $1.19
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce $0.29
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.10
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1 tsp dried basil $0.05
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1 tsp sugar $0.05
  • to taste pepper $0.05
  1. Mince the garlic and saute in a medium pot with the 2 Tbsp. of olive oil until golden brown.
  2. Add the diced or crushed tomatoes (drain off most of the liquid), tomato sauce, oregano, basil, pepper, salt and sugar. Stir to combine and let simmer over medium heat until it is the desired thickness (20-30 minutes). Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.


Step By Step Photos

saute garlicSaute the minced garlic in olive oil until golden brown (medium heat).

add tomatoesAdd the canned tomatoes and tomato sauce.

add seasoningAdd the oregano, basil, salt, sugar and pepper. Stir to combine then let simmer.

simmered pizza sauceAnd then you have a beautiful pizza sauce! (Okay, so I ended up squishing some of the large tomato chunks against the side of the pot because it was a little *too* chunky… but that’s totally legal)

OPTION #2 Had I not had a can of tomato sauce in my pantry waiting to be used up, I probably would have made the sauce this way instead: use a 6 oz. can of tomato paste in place of the tomato sauce and do not drain the can of diced tomatoes (you’ll need the liquid to thin out the paste). Since tomato paste is more acidic due to being more concentrated, you’ll probably need more sugar to cut the acidity, say 1 Tbsp or so.

Making the sauce this way will yield a thicker, richer sauce… but they’re both good.


  1. Anon – Tomato sauce is basically tomato paste that has been diluted (because tomato paste is highly concentrated) and has had a small amount of salt and garlic added to it. You could just add a little water, salt, garlic powder (and maybe onion powder) to your tomato paste until it has a more sauce like consistency.

  2. Anonymous says:

    what would you reccommend as a substitute for the can of tomato sauce? I’ve never seen such a thing in australia and you have listed it in a few recipes. Would some tomato paste work?

  3. My family has a tradition that Friday nights are pizza nights. In order to save some money we have decided to start making pizza at home instead of ordering out. I usually buy jar pizza sauce but now that I have found this recipe, I will use this instead. Thanks!!!

  4. I just made this sauce last night, so good!! I shared your recipe and this link on my blog so others can enjoy your homemade sauce recipe :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Im not fond of regular canned tomatoes.. they always taste acidic and awful.. the only ones i like to use for sauces like this are just plain San Marzano tomatoes, 28 oz can runs about $3.50, so its a bit more expensive, but when you break it down and just use it by itself, its not that expensive and tastes so much better than cooked down sauce, not so thick and gloppy. Just a touch of sea salt and thats all you need.. the tomatoes speak for themselves.

  6. Rachel says:

    This is great! I read your blog every day and one of the things I like is the daily reminder that it’s probably cheaper to make it at home – and definitely healthier and more fun!

    FYI: Don’t know if you’ve ever made your own yogurt, but it’s way cheaper too. 1 pkg pectin ($3.65) + 1.25 gallons milk ($3.75) + 2 tbsps of old yogurt (?) = 10 qts of yogurt ($1.48 for your standard 2 qt container of yogurt)

  7. Thanks…this sauce looks very good!

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