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Homemade Pizza Sauce

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On Friday I asked E what she wanted for dinner. Why I’m asking a two-year-old what she wants for dinner is beyond me. Ben had a late night at work, so I guess I didn’t really care. Well, sweet little E said “pizza!”

Shocking request.

I opened the pantry only to discover that we had no pizza sauce. Well, helllllo–I could make my own, right? Well, with a little tweaking and a lot of tasting, I think this pizza sauce turned out perfectly. I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this all along.

I threw in a completely weird secret ingredient. Chia seeds. Yes, you probably think I have fallen off of my rocker. No, you do not have to put them in if you don’t want to. They are not integral to the success of this recipe, but I wanted to thow in a little extra nutrition. Why not?


This sauce is beyond easy. Throw all the ingredients in a blender, pour them in a hot pan, simmer for 30 minutes and don’t wear white while you’re stirring. And definitely don’t cook in your birthday suit.


I’d say this recipe makes about enough sauce for two pizzas. You can easily freeze half of it for use at another time. Enjoy!


Homemade Pizza Sauce

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

This homemade pizza sauce is so easy to prepare and way better than store-bought. Secret ingredient to boost nutritional content--totally optional.


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 28 ounce can of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)


  1. Blend all ingredients in blender until combined and no large chunks remain.
  2. Pour into a large saucepan or a deep skillet and simmer uncovered over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally or until reduced and thickened. If desired, in the last five minutes, add chia seeds for some great added nutrition.

Verdict: Loved this and will definitely be making it again.
Husband’s take: He dubbed this my best pizza ever. Not even kidding you! Cooking from scratch pays off. E devoured it too, but that is no surprise.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!



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37 Responses to “Homemade Pizza Sauce”

  1. Kathryn — May 15, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I’d never have thought to throw some chia seeds in there too! Did you (or E!) notice them at all?

    • Rachel Gurk — May 15th, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      Tiny bit of crunch if you ate the sauce off a spoon, but undetectable on the pizza. E loved it!

  2. Tracey — May 15, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I’ve never tried chia seeds, but I’m seeing them more and more in recipes lately. I need to get with it!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:47 am

      Definitely! They are so unique.

  3. Vicki Bensinger — May 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

    This sounds like a great recipe for pizza sauce and why not add the chia seeds for extra nutrition. I think it’s a great idea. I always asked my kids what they wanted for dinner. I think it makes them feel special and let’s face it – they are!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 15th, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

      Agree! I usually give her a couple of choices for lunch, but as a food blogger I typically have a plan for dinner. 😉

  4. Deborah — May 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I really need to jump on this chia seed bandwagon!!

  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I’m totally trying this!! Chia seeds? Brilliant.

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:40 am

      Thanks Lauren!

  6. Nik@ABrownTable — May 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I am going to repeat what everyone has already said because it is true, you’re a genius with the chia seeds! Great idea.

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:39 am

      Hehe–thanks Nik!

  7. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I know, we should all be making our own sauce. Wayyy better taste and if you can throw in some seeds go for it! Ouchy with the birthday suit though 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:38 am

      Haha! Yes! I’m trying to make more things from scratch.

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Chia seeds? What a great idea! I am sure you can’t even taste them, but knowing pizza is a little better for you is always good!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:38 am

      Definitely! I’m always trying to think of ways to sneak extra nutrition in. 🙂

  9. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I love a chunky pizza sauce and yours looks perfect, Rachel! Chia seeds is an awesome addition, too.

    • Rachel Gurk — May 15th, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

      Thanks Georgia. PS: I still haven’t mailed your book, SO sorry! Getting to the post office w/ two kiddos has proved difficult. Will do asap!

  10. Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Chia seeds! Brilliant. I love this!!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      Thanks Cassie!

  11. Bree {Skinny Mommy} — May 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Looks easy and delicious–Love the chias!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      Thanks Bree!

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

    The sauce really makes a big difference so having a quick recipe like this would be great for pizza night!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:35 am

      Great to have it stored in the freezer too, then it is even quicker! 🙂

  13. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 16, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Such a smart idea to throw in chia seeds!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:29 am

      Thanks Sylvie!

  14. Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — May 16, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Love that you added chia seeds! If I asked my kids what they wanted for dinner pizza would probably be their answer too.

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:28 am

      Love your new head shot, Jamie!

  15. Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I have been looking for a great homemade pizza sauce recipe for a long time now. I think I just found it. Yum!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:28 am

      I hope you like it!

  16. Amanda — May 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Totally going to try this! Buying the good organic stuff isnt cheap… and this sounds so good! 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — May 16th, 2013 @ 8:49 am

      Thanks Amanda! Hope you like it!

  17. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I love making sauce from scratch. It’s just so much more satisfying that way.

  18. dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health — May 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    pizza sauce with extra nutrition – yes please!


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