Fresh Homemade Pizza Sauce (short-hand notes)

P1040298Looking for an alternative to bottled or canned pizza sauce? Want a pizza sauce that is fresh but doesn’t take forever to make? Well, I did too.

Here is how I’ve been making it recently- in short-hand style- meaning, I did not use specific measurements- it will require you tasting as you go. But, you can also play with it to make it more customized to your own tastes. This will serve as a good springboard for you to make your own perfect pizza sauce- totally fresh!


  • Roma tomatoes- I used 6
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • Sprigs/Leaves of fresh Basil Oregano, Thyme, Parsley (could also use dried- but I prefer fresh!)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar

Cut off an end on your tomatoes. Scoop out the seeds.

Rinse your pepper and cut into large slices.

Peel garlic cloves

Peel onion and cut into chunks.

Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and pepper to a baking dish. Drizzle a little olive oil over all of this. I estimate a couple of Tbs. Toss it all around a bit to make sure everything has some oil on it. Sprinkle in the fresh herbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Now- just bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes. (just don’t allow it to burn)


Remove from oven and transfer all of it to a food processor.

Process until smooth.

Now, just transfer all of this to a mixing bow and set it aside to allow it to cool off. You could even refrigerate it at this point and come back later to finish it. You want it to cool down a bit so the flavors kinda settle in. The sauce will also thicken a bit as it cools.

Once it has cooled a bit, you are going to add more salt, pepper, and sugar as needed. (You should only need a pinch or two of sugar. Just enough to add a touch of sweetness to the sauce and cut some of the more acid/salty taste from the tomatoes. It helps to bring out the flavors.)

NOTE! Be sure to only add small amounts at a time. I have added too much sugar or salt to a sauce many times, and then had to try to compensate. So, just add small amounts at a time until it tastes right to you.


And that’s it! Spread this sauce on your favorite pizza dough- like this one– and you will have fresh pizza in no time!



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