Make your own Thick and Rich Pizza Sauce at home in minutes using pantry staples. Use the sauce fresh or freeze for later!
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Thick & Rich Homemade Pizza Sauce

Use this Thick and Rich Pizza Sauce Recipe to make your own sauce at home in minutes with just a few pantry staples. Use now, or freeze for later!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Total Cost: $2.70 recipe / $0.90 serving
Servings: 3 cups


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.26
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes $1.47
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste $0.59
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar $0.05
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1 tsp basil $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • Freshly cracked pepper $0.05
  • Pinch crushed red pepper, optional $0.02


  • Add the olive oil and garlic to a sauce pot and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt, basil, oregano, some freshly cracked pepper (10-15 cranks of a pepper mill), and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Cover the pot, allow the pot to come to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes minimum, or up to 30 minutes (I often let it simmer as I prepare my pizza dough).



To freeze this sauce, first cool it completely in the refrigerator, then transfer to quart-sized freezer bags or freezer-safe resealable containers and freeze until solid. Simply reheat over low heat in a sauce pot, with a lid to minimize evaporation, and stirring often, until heated through.