a chunk of bread being dipped into a jar of red pizza sauce sitting on a rustic wood cutting board with a white linen towel and a sprig of basil next to the jar

Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce

  • Author: Heidi Clark
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce is better than any store-bought jar! Made with ingredients you already have in your pantry and only costs pennies to make!



2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 large clove of garlic, minced

15 ounce can of tomato sauce

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp onion powder

generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp dried oregano

pinch of baking soda


Pour the olive oil into a medium-size saucepan and place the minced garlic on top of the oil.  Place the pan over medium heat.  Let the oil and garlic heat up together.  When the garlic becomes fragrant and starts to sizzle stir for one minute. I put the oil and garlic in a cold pan and let it heat together because I don’t like the flavor of browned garlic and I find this method prevents overcooking the garlic.

Add the tomato sauce and remaining ingredients into the garlic and oil.  The baking soda will cause the sauce to bubble a little and that is totally normal.  Bring the sauce to a simmer,uncovered, and stir for 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thickened.  Use immediately, refrigerate or freeze.  Refrigerated sauce keeps for 5 days.  If freezing the sauce, use a freezer-safe jar. 


if using a can of tomato sauce that is of a thin consistency you may need to simmer the sauce for a few additional minutes to thicken it.

If you have fresh basil, thinly slice a few leaves and toss them into the sauce at the end of the cooking time. 

Not a fan of spicy food?  No problem!  Omit the crushed red pepper flakes.

Out of extra virgin olive oil?  Use avocado or vegetable oil instead.  Even butter works in this application since it’s not being cooked long enough to burn.

  • Category: sauces
  • Method: stirred
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pizza sauce