Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

This easy homemade pizza sauce isn’t your average sauce. It’s has sun-dried tomatoes, fresh onion and garlic… oh and wine! It’s the best pizza sauce ever!

Making my own pizza sauce from scratch used to mean opening a can of tomato sauce, sprinkling in a little Italian seasoning, a pinch of sugar and maybe a pinch of red pepper flakes.

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But on Friday I opened up my pantry to get started on making homemade pizzas and I realized I forgot to buy tomato sauce. Story of my life! I always manage to forget something at the grocery store and I even make a list! How does that happen? Riddle me that one folks.

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What I did have was tomato paste, so I had to get creative. I scoured my entire kitchen, including pantry and fridge “Chopped-style” and whipped up what is now EASILY my favorite pizza sauce to date – I even put it in my cookbook. And right up there with it is this roasted red pepper pizza sauce I found last year. Both are equally fantastic in two totally different ways.


While I was on my hunt for ingredients I found a jar of sun-dried tomato in my fridge and I thought that it couldn’t hurt to add them in, so I scooped out 8 or so and minced them up. The rest is pretty typical stuff like: fresh garlic and onion, dried oregano and basil, salt and black pepper. But while I was putting the jar of sun-dried tomatoes back in the fridge, I spotted some white wine. And you know how I feel about cooking with wine…❤️

onions and olive oil

Start by heating up a 10-inch skillet over moderate heat. Once hot, add in the olive oil and minced onions…

garlic press

Next, grab that garlic press and squeeze in two cloves of garlic.


Then give all that a stir and cook until starting to soften.

chopped sundried tomatoes

Next add in the minced sun-dried tomatoes… this gives the whole sauce a delicious depth of flavor.



basil and oregano

Next add in the dried basil and oregano.

stir some more

Stir and let the heat and oil soften the herbs a bit.

white wine

Next hit it with the one-two and pour in 1/4 cup of white wine. Use your favorite. Don’t like wine? then go on ahead and just up the water when you add it in later on.


Then let that simmer and reduce by half.

6 oz paste

Next, add in the tomato paste.

1 cup water

And then pour in the cup of water.


Next switch over to a whisk…


Next whisk the sauce, reduce the temp to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes.


Lastly, season with kosher salt and black pepper and it’s finished!

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This sauce is thick and luscious and is absolutely amazing!

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce l SimplyScratch.com

Because as you know: there’s pizza sauce and then there’s homemade pizza sauce.

Now you didn’t think I’d leave you hanging and post a recipe for pizza sauce and not show you what pizza I used it with, did you?

pizza buliding

This here pizza is one you’ll love! It’s starts with homemade pizza dough topped with the best pizza sauce, crumbled and cooked Italian sausage, copious amounts of freshly grated mozzarella cheese, crumbled bacon, red onion and if this pizza isn’t already insanely delicious. Grated Parmesan over top is killer good!

pizza 2

Lastly, bake it at 400° for 20-25 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway during baking AND for the last 10 minutes of baking I like to put it on the lower rack, to crisp the bottom.


Make the easy homemade pizza sauce and then make the pizza. We’ll high-five afterwards!

Enjoy! And if you give this Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 1-1/2 cups

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
This isn't your average pizza sauce. It's loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh onion and garlic... oh and wine!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • 2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup white wine (like Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 recipe for my Homemade Pizza Dough
  • 1 recipe for Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce (above)
  • 2 Italian sausage links, skin removed, cooked and crumbled
  • 5 strips applewood bacon, chopped and cooked
  • 3-4 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small red onion, sliced super thin
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese



Heat a large 10-inch skillet over moderate heat. When hot add in olive oil, minced onion and garlic. Stir until soft.

Now add in the minced sun-dried tomatoes, dried oregano and basil and stir. The oil and the heat of the pan will soften up the dried herbs.

Pour in the 4 tablespoons of white wine and let that simmer until reduced by half.

Add in the entire can of tomato paste and the cup of water. Switch over to a wire whisk and stir until combined. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce for 15 minutes before seasoning with kosher salt and black pepper.

Pour in to a jar to cool and store in the fridge for a week, possibly longer or use right away!

Makes about 1-1/2 cups.


Split and spread the prepared dough among two lightly oiled sheet pans.

Spread desired amount of sauce among both pizzas. Divide the cooked sausage and sprinkle it on top of each pizza along with the grated Mozzarella, bacon, red onion and Parmesan Cheese.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pans so the top and bottoms brown and crisp evenly. Let cool before slicing and serving.

{makes two medium thin crust or one large pizza}

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68 Responses to “Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce”

  1. #
    Adam — February 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

    What a different take on pizza sauce, I like it.

  2. #
    Kathy F. — February 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Wine in pizza sauce? Genius if you ask me!

  3. #
    Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such — February 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

    As if the sauce wasn’t enough…those pizza toppings are my favs!

  4. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Love this, Laurie! Homemade pizza is a favorite in my house!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 8:20 am

      Ours too Cassie, we make it all the time!

  5. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Now THAT is one mofo of a sauce. Llllllick.

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

      I just spat out my water when I read this! HAHA!

  6. #
    Herbivore Triathlete — February 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

    That sauce looks kick ass! I love making homemade sauces and condiments and you never fail to deliver great recipes.

  7. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful photos! I feel like I can smell the sauce through my screen. Also I want to shove that entire pizza into my face. Truth.

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 8:14 am

      Thanks Stephanie! 😀

  8. #
    Kathryn — February 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Oh this does sound amazing – so flavourful!

  9. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    You are adorable. And now I’m pretty sure I’m making pizza for dinner. That is all.

  10. #
    Julia — February 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I hate when I look into my pantry and realize I don’t have an ingredient I need! This sauce sounds wonderful and full of flavors!

  11. #
    Michelle — February 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    This pizza sauce looks great! I never would think to use tomato paste! It would be great on my cauliflower crust pizza!


  12. #
    Stephanie — February 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    This. Looks. Amazing.

    And perfectly timed for me… I’ve been thinking about how I’d make my own pizza sauce for a while. I’m trying to avoid cans of anything but I have some tomatoes I canned myself last fall. Thinking about reducing them to a paste myself but it might be more effort than it’s worth, wish me luck!! Whether it works or not, at least I have a recipe to go by. Thanks!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 8:13 am

      I totally get the whole can thing… but I usually buy organic canned paste and I feel better about it 🙂

  13. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I absolutely love the sound of this pizza sauce! I think pizza is going to be on the menu at our house very soon!

  14. #
    Aly Mashrah — February 19, 2013 at 12:54 am

    We actually tried your homemade pizza dough a few days ago when we made pizza for dinner. It was amazing! Can’t wait to try this sauce recipe next week!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 8:12 am

      That’s awesome! Glad you liked it Aly!

  15. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 19, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I love how you made this with tomato paste! It looks great! I always try to set aside small containers for pizza whenever I make my sauce, but sometimes I run out and don’t have all of my normal sauce ingredients. This is so clever!

  16. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — February 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Amazing! So much better than the storebought stuff.

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      Thank you Meg!

  17. #
    Anne — February 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    This looks DELISH!!

  18. #
    Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} — February 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Love making homemade pizza sauce…it’s sooo much better than the store bought kind! This one looks like a definite “must try” Laurie! Love the sun-dried tomatoes in it…looks like I’ve got a new way to spice up pizza night this week!:)

  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Wow – that is a seriously killer sauce recipe!

  20. #
    Kathy C — February 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    This looks great. I always just use my homemade tomato sauce but this has a little kick to it. Will have to try it soon. Love all your recipes.

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      Thank you Kathy! 🙂

  21. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    We are always eating homemade pizza! I’ll have to try this sauce on the next one!

  22. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Stunning sauce! I have 1 hour homemade dough that this would be perfect on! I love the sundried tomatoes in it!

  23. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Ohhh the sauce!! With the sun-dried tomatoes! All over a cheeeeesy, poofy crust pizza! I can be so lazy about pasta sauces and your recipe looks simple to make and so tasty!

  24. #
    Rach @ This Italian Family — February 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

    We make homemade pizza every Friday night and you would not believe how often I forget to buy tomato paste. I think I just assume I will obviously remember to grab a can since we make it every week… and yet more often than I would like to admit, I have totally forgotten it, haha! Anyway, this sauce looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  25. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Such a lovely sauce – it looks so rich and flavorful! I bet the aroma is amazing, too!

  26. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    How easy! I’ll definitely be making my own pizza sauce from here on out!

  27. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — February 22, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Well I bet this homemade sauce takes homemade pizza to the next level – yum! It looks and sounds incredible!

  28. #
    Sarah — April 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I came here looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe, and I leave with an utterly fantastic kick for my next pizza. I never thought of adding wine. Yum, thank you for the idea!

  29. #
    Jamie — May 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I just made this and loved it! No leftover pizza in this house tonight. I added about 1/3 cup of finely chopped fresh spinach because I love hiding it in anything and everything. 😉

  30. #
    Melissa Carr@honeybeeholistics.com — May 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    AWESOME! So glad I found your blog! Google was good to me when I searched “pizza sauce recipe using tomato paste” 😛
    I always eye ball and it always turns out different…..SO I will have a great reference to use now! And the Chopped reference….LOVE IT! My hubby says ,”Ok, lets see how good you are, I pick out the ingredietns and you see what you can make….” HAHA!

  31. #
    Mairi Campbell — June 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Amazing..the richness of colour, texture, flavour..it was really special. Next time I might add some crushed fennel seeds. Thank you so much!

  32. #
    Terry — August 29, 2013 at 11:53 am


    Can I freeze the sauce? And for how long do you think?

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

      Hi Terry, I think that would be fine… for like a 2-3 months, tops. 🙂

  33. #
    Linda — October 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

    wow excellent image quality, what camera are you using to take these pictures?

  34. #
    Edina — October 20, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I love pizza and enjoy experimenting with new recipes. Yours is next! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  35. #
    j fleming — November 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I like a really crisp crust so I just lay the crust in the back side of the cookie sheet and pre bake it for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the toppings and then slide it directly on to the oven rack until everything is nice and bubbly and crust edges are browned. Slide out on to your baking sheet. When you cut it it will crack just like crackers.

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 11th, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

      Hi J! I’ve made it this way too! It’s like insta-pizza-stone! 🙂

  36. #
    Lewin — December 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Sauce looks so rich in flavours! Love the images aswell! Makes me want to make it right now! lol

    Will be testing this over the xmas period! 🙂

  37. #
    Aggie — September 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Have you ever tried canning the sauce? Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 30th, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

      No I haven’t! Canning scares me a bit, but if you do would you mind writing back and tell me how it worked out for you?

  38. #
    Samantha — January 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Ok sorry, but it’s not homemade and from scratch if you’re using a can of tomato paste.

  39. #
    Suzie G. — April 16, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen this absolutely the best pizza sauce I’ve ever had!! I made a couple of “personal favorite” changes. Used tomato sauce instead of paste (sauce isn’t sweet and not as thick). Also added half a can of tomatoes for texture and to loosen up the sauce. Delicious!! Thank you Simply Scratch for a terrific creation! (Great as dipping sauce too).

  40. #
    dianne — September 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    excellent recipes
    a little obnoxious with the celebration of ingredients that every Sicilian or Italian cook uses regularly (Parmesan cheese? wine)
    on the other hand one must be as clever as possible in having a decent cooking site with today’s inundation of all kinds of specialists today on the net.
    you have managed that well since i am from a family of so called chefs and have never come to a site on the web for information out of some misplaced false sense of pride, i,e my Sicilian mother in law would be aghast
    so thanks…

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 13th, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

      Thanks? I think. (Obnoxious :/) Well not to worry, your secret is safe with me. 🙂

  41. #
    TL — September 14, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Why does the salt have to be kosher?
    Does it taste different from all other sodium chloride?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 14th, 2016 @ 7:46 am

      Hi TL, Great question! I actually get asked this quite a bit. Kosher salt is indeed different than regular old table salt. Kosher salt is not as heavily refined as table salt resulting in a flakier less uniformed salt crystal. It has zero additives such as iodine which in turn makes it a pure, plain salt with a mild flavor. 🙂

  42. #
    Rachel — February 8, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    This is my favorite pizza sauce. Hands. Down. I love the intense flavor of tomato paste, especially on pizza. Rather than reduce a tomato sauce, this recipe uses the best flavor from the start. Makes a great dipping sauce for garlic knots. Highly recommend!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 18th, 2019 @ 8:13 am

      I’m so happy you love this sauce as much as I do, Rachel! Thanks for taking the time to make this recipe and leaves such an excellent review!


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