This recipe for garden-fresh pizza sauce makes a batch large enough to top several pizzas. You can make it right now with fresh tomatoes, but if you have a bumper crop or just want to buy a lot of in-season tomatoes and put them up for another day, canning is not your only option: try freezing them. Just remove the cores and freeze them whole. Then, turn your frozen tomatoes into pizza sauce any time of the year.

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Recipe Summary

2 hrs 45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • If using fresh tomatoes, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Make a small X in the bottom of each tomato and plunge into the boiling water until the skins are slightly loosened, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Peel with a paring knife, starting at the X. If using frozen tomatoes, run each under warm water and peel or rub the skin off. Thaw in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave until mostly thawed. Chop the tomatoes, reserving any juice.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (and any juice), basil, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and sugar (if using). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened to the consistency of pizza sauce, about 2 hours. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper and/or sugar.

  • Transfer the sauce to a blender, add tomato paste and blend until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

44 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 5.4g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 3.4g; fat 2.3g; saturated fat 0.3g; vitamin a iu 886.8IU; vitamin c 15.3mg; folate 18mcg; calcium 15.7mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 13.6mg; potassium 279.1mg; sodium 221.8mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic... my go-to pizza sauce. It freezes well and brings me pizza cheer all year long. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was fantastic. I have a big crop of Roma tomatoes. If I were to make a big batch of this would it be fine to freeze? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfectly Homemade I followed the recipe for this sauce exactly and it turned out beautifully! The taste is a great combination of savory with a touch of sweetness and the consistency once it's pureed is perfect. The recipe is one to keep - no more store bought pizza sauce in this house anymore! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The recipe is my first ho-made Pizza sauce! I used all fresh spices and the flavor was delicious! I definitely will make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Awesome Sauce Loved using up my tomatoes from my garden. Very fresh taste. Also added a little fennel and a pinch of red pepper. Best pizza sauce I have ever had! Pros: Spicy but not too much. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is so good!! I have never made pizza sauce before but I had a lot of tomatoes from my garden so I decided to give this recipe a try. It was fairly easy to make. I had big juicy tomatoes so I had to simmer mine for 3 hours to get to pizza sauce consistency but it was worth the wait. Mine made 5 cups of sauce. The thing I really liked is that the whole house smells yummy when simmering and you really don't have to stir it a lot while simmering. About every 15 mins is fine. Made a pizza with it that night and my husband who doesn't usually like homemade pizza raved about it saying that it tasted so fresh!! I didn't change the recipe at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It was excellent! After blanching the tomatoes I cooked all the ingredients in a big pot. Then I used my Bamix mixer to puree the mixture and continued to cook on low for 2 hours. Only addition was one fresh cayenne pepper with seeds from the garden. This is now my go to recipe for pizza or spaghetti sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great recipie and very simple to make. I added some red pepper flakes and a little balsamic vinegar left out the sugar. Delicious! So many compliments. I will be making this again. Read More