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pizza sauce recipe

quick and easy pizza sauce made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.

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

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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.

few more sauce recipes on the blog are:

  • 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.

pizza sauce

4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins
quick and easy pizza sauce made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.
pizza sauce recipe
Course:side dish
Servings: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 (lahsun)
  • 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 as required

HOW TO MAKE pizza sauce

making tomato puree for pizza sauce

  • 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.
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how to make pizza sauce recipe

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

preparing pizza sauce recipe

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.

making pizza sauce recipe

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

preparing pizza sauce recipe

4. simmer the pizza sauce for 1 to 2 minutes more.

pizza sauce recipe

5. when the pizza sauce is cooled, you can use it right away as a pizza topping. otherwise, store the pizza sauce in a bowl or a small jar in the refrigerator. keeps good for 3 to 4 days.

pizza sauce recipe

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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!!

    • 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. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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