pizza sauce

Pizza sauce recipe with step by step photos – an easy, quick and delicious recipe to make an awesome pizza sauce at home. A vegan recipe.

This pizza sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. I feel homemade sauces are always better and in terms of taste and flavor, beat any store-bought sauce hands down.

pizza sauce

This pizza sauce works well for 4 to 5 medium-sized pizzas. the recipe can easily be doubled. Since the method and recipe is easy, you can adjust the quantity of herbs as per your choice.

Apart from pizza, the sauce also works well with pasta. just toss the cooked pasta & steamed/sauted veggies in the sauce. Top with some cheese and bake or grill the pasta till the cheese melts.

You can make the pizza sauce a bit chunky or smooth. I have pureed the tomatoes with some bits for a chunkier version. You can also chop the tomatoes finely. For a smooth version, puree the tomatoes very well.

As I have mentioned before, The sauce is made with fresh tomatoes. I only get to buy the tomatoes which are available in the Indian markets. We don’t get many varieties of tomatoes in India. These tomatoes are the usual Indian tomatoes which are red and ripe.

How to make pizza sauce

1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add finely chopped garlic and saute for 10-12 seconds on a low flame.

olive oil in a pan with garlic

2. Then add the tomato puree and saute for 4-5 minutes on a low to medium flame. I did not puree the tomatoes till smooth. Kept a few bits of tomatoes pieces.

adding tomato puree

3. When the tomatoes are cooked well, add the chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and black pepper powder.

added herbs and spices for pizza sauce

4. Simmer the sauce for 1 to 2 minutes more.

cooking pizza sauce

5. When the pizza sauce is cooled, you can use it right away as a pizza topping. Otherwise, Store the sauce in a bowl or a small jar in the refrigerator. Keeps good for 3 to 4 days.

pizza sauce

Few more sauce recipes

  • Schezwan sauce – an Indo Chinese fusion recipe of hot and spicy schezwan sauce.
  • Tomato sauce – homemade tomato sauce made with fresh ripe tomatoes, raisins and dry red chilies.
  • Pesto recipe – a simple and easy pesto sauce made with crushing basil leaves, almonds and garlic in extra virgin olive oil.
STEP BY STEP PHOTOS ABOVEmany of my recipes have step by step photos and useful tips to help you make it easily and perfectly.

pizza sauce

4.74 from 15 votes
Quick and easy pizza sauce made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.
pizza sauce recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins
Course:side dish
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for the pizza sauce

  • 3 medium to large tomatoes, pureed - yields approx 1.5 to 2 cups of tomato puree
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoon dry oregano or 1 to 1.5 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt as required
  • black pepper powder as required


making tomato puree

  • Rinse and then chop the tomatoes.
  • Puree the tomatoes in a blender or with a hand blender.
  • Keep a few bits and pieces of tomatoes in the puree.

making pizza sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a small pan.
  • Then add the chopped garlic and saute for 10-12 seconds on a low flame.
  • Add the tomato puree and saute for 4-5 mins on a low to medium flame.
  • When the tomatoes are cooked, add the chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Stir & simmer for 1-2 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • Check the seasonings add more salt or pepper if required.
  • Once cooled, use the pizza sauce as a topping on pizzas or store in a bowl or in a small jar.


  • For a smooth version, puree the tomatoes very well.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
pizza sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 782mg34%
Potassium 340mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1230IU25%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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66 comments/reviews

  1. amazing…Tried it out today…wonderful!
    by the way i live in chennai and none of the stores sell fresh basil…how do you grow them at home?
    thanks again for the recipe!!5 stars

    • thanks radhika. basil can be grown from seeds just like the way tulsi can be grown from seeds. both are from same family of herbs. alternatively you can use dried basil which will be available in stores. basil seeds will be available in a plant nursery shop or even online.

  2. Had tried this recipe earlier. Tastes really like ready-made sauce. Kids just loved it. Thanks a lot.5 stars

  3. Hi dear.. what can be used to replace basil leaves? I don’t get basil leaves at my place… also can sunflower oil be used in place of olive oil? Thank you in advance.

    • aarthi, skip basil leaves. also sunflower oil can be used. dried basil leaves are easily available online on
      so you can order them if you want. dried basil leaves stay good for a year if refrigerated.

  4. can I use extra virgin olive oil in this recipe. Also we don’t get basil here can I skip it or use anything else on its place

  5. Hey,
    Can we add marjoram (marwa) leaves instead of basil leaves to the sauce?
    Please let me know.
    Thanks in advance! 🙂

  6. Tomatoes are sautaed on a high flame please help and also can i skip basil as i have Italian seasoning can i add chilli flakes too?

    • sindhu, tomatoes are sautéed on a low to medium flame. i will update in the post also. if you are using italian seasoning, you can skip basil leaves. yes you can add red chili flakes.

    • no chandni. basil leaves and tulsi are different. both belong to the same plant family. tulsi is also called as holy basil. in basil leaves, there are some varieties that are available like italian basil, thai basil etc. this recipe uses italian basil.

      • is there any substitute for basil leaves. ? I am unable to get them where I live 🙁

        • chandni, try getting dried basil online. without basil some flavour will be missing. so i would not suggest to skip it. you will get them at

  7. Wonderful n easy sauce recipe. Are the Basil leaves used here are from the plant used to obtain sabja seeds? Also what is Indian name of oregano?

    • thanks bella. the basil leaves used here are not from sabja plant. though you can use the sabja plant leaves too. but just add them in lesser amounts as they are very strongly aromatic. oregano is similar to ajwain or carom seeds that we use in indian cuisine. but both have different aromatic qualities. i did search online and came to know that oregano is called as sathra in hindi. this is a new name for me too 🙂

  8. Amazing recipe! This is the second time I’m making this recipe. Never buying store bought pizza sauce again! But for an extra kick, this time I added about 1/4 of a cup of Sriracha. Super good!

  9. Hi dassana. Last week I tried your recipe of banana walnut cake without the eggs. It came out so good. Everyone loved it. Thank you so much. I really liked the recipes and the way you present them. Keep it up and thank you once again.4 stars

  10. Hi Dassana mam,i am looking to buy an otg. Can you please tell me which otg you use?

    • i use philips 18 litre OTG. but this model is no longer available in the market. you can buy any good brand of OTG. do check online reviews before you invest in one.

  11. Thanks a ton for the above recipe…..I have tried making pizza for the first time in my life and have succeeded in making a very tasty sauce as demonstrated by you above. Thnks once again from me and my family…..4 stars

  12. I really love all ur recipes… Specially d way it has been detailed step by step in pictorial form.. It becomes very easy fr us… I wud suggest to keep ur site updating with all d different kinds of recipes… It really helps… Thankyou!4 stars

  13. Hi, in case basil is not available is there any other alternative?plz reply asap , urgent.

  14. Hi dassana , I’m a fan of your recps and pictures. They are life-saving for me 🙂 . I’ve a particular questiob regarding this recp, here I usually see so many diff kind of basils, can you please tell me which one I’ve to use for this sauce?

    Thanks and regards

  15. Please clear a thing for me…Tomato puree बोलतो टमाटर की चटनी मिक्सी में पिसा हुआ न ?…and thanks again for this wonderful recipe.5 stars