Homemade pizza sauce is so easy and tastes so much better than store bought. This recipe has a secret healthy ingredient that’s totally optional.

Homemade Pizza Sauce | RachelCooks.com

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 can make my own, right? It’s really not difficult at all. 

This pizza sauce is easy and turns out perfect every time. I’ve tweaked and tasted it until it’s just right. I don’t know why I don’t always make my own pizza sauce. 

I add 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 like to throw in a little extra nutrition. Why not?


This sauce is beyond easy. I bet you have everything you need to make homemade pizza sauce in your pantry right now: onions, garlic, canned tomatoes, dried basil, olive oil, and seasonings. Throw all the ingredients in a blender, pour the sauce in a pan, and simmer for 30 minutes .

And don’t wear white while you’re stirring. And definitely don’t cook in your birthday suit.

Ouch. (Not that I would do that or anything.)

This recipe makes about enough sauce for two pizzas, depending on the size of the pizzas and how much sauce you like. You can easily freeze half of it for use at another time. Enjoy!

Have extra pizza sauce?

This homemade pizza sauce can be used in so many ways besides pizza. Here’s a few ideas for you:


Homemade Pizza Sauce

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 is 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 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 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 heavy saucepan or a deep skillet and simmer partially covered 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Verdict: Love this sauce!
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!