Looking for the BEST homemade pizza sauce? You’ve come to the right place! Sautéed minced onion and garlic combined with dried herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and wine in a thick and robust tomato sauce. This recipe yields 1-1/2 cups in about 30 minutes.

jar of Homemade Pizza Sauce

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, garlic powder and maybe a pinch of red pepper flakes. Until one day when I opened up my pantry to start making pizzas and I realized I was out of tomato sauce.

Story of my life.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

However I did have was tomato paste, and when you have tomato paste anything is possible. I just had to get creative. I scoured my entire kitchen, including the pantry and fridge – Chopped-style – and whipped up what has become my family’s favorite pizza sauce. It’s so perfectly robust and delicious that I put it in my cookbook.

What makes this homemade pizza sauce so special?

Two things: sun-dried tomatoes and wine. Both give a depth of flavor that you can’t find in jarred or no-cook pizza sauces. The rest of the ingredients are pretty typical, like: fresh garlic and onion, dried oregano and basil, salt and black pepper.

ingredients for Homemade Pizza Sauce

To Make This Homemade Pizza Sauce You Will Need:

  • light olive oil
  • finely diced white onion
  • fresh garlic
  • sun dried tomatoes 
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • tomato paste
  • sugar
  • water
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

saute onions in olive oil

Start by heating up a 10-inch skillet over moderate heat. Once hot, add in a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup finely minced white onions. For a smoother sauce, you could pulse the onion in a mini food processor.

add minced fresh garlic

The moment the onions have softened, add in 2 cloves of garlic. You can either mince, grate or squeeze them through a garlic press. Sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds.

then add diced sun-dried tomatoes and dried herbs

To the garlicky onions, add in 2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes, 2 teaspoons dried oregano and 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil.

stir and cook 1 minute

Stir and let the heat and oil soften the dried herbs for a little bit.

pour in wine and reduce

Next, pour in 2 tablespoons of white wine. Use a wine you like to drink – preferably a dry white and not a sweet white wine. If you’re avoiding alcohol, just up the water to 1 cup plus the 2 tablespoons and add it in later on after the tomato paste.

Stir as you go

Let this simmer until the wine is absorbed.

add in tomato paste

Then add in 6 ounces of tomato paste.

pour in water

And then add 1/4 teaspoon sugar and pour in 1 cup of water. Reduce the temperature to medium-low to low and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

stir, simmer and season

Lastly, season with 3/4 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

until thick

This sauce is thick and luscious and is absolutely amazing!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Besides pizza, this sauce can be used as a spread on sandwiches, filling for pizza rolls or as a dip for mozzarella cheese sticks. The options are endless!

Homemade Pizza Sauce on a spoon

There’s pizza sauce and then there’s homemade pizza sauce and homemade is the best!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

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

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Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Looking for the BEST homemade pizza sauce? You've come to the right place! Sautéed minced onion and garlic combined with dried herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and wine in a thick and robust tomato sauce. This recipe yields 1½ cups in about 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
  • teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • 1 cup water
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  • Heat a large 10-inch skillet over moderate heat. When hot add in olive oil, minced onion with a pinch of salt and sauté until soft.
  • Add in the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the minced sun-dried tomatoes, dried oregano and basil and stir, cooking for 1 minute. The oil and the heat of the pan will soften up the dried herbs.
  • Pour in the white wine and let that simmer until absorbed.
  • Add in the tomato paste, sugar and the cup of water and stir until combined. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes before seasoning with kosher salt and black pepper.


Pour in to a jar and cool completely before storing. Use immediately or store it in the fridge for up to 1 week or possibly longer.
Serving: 1recipe, Calories: 271kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Sodium: 107mg, Potassium: 725mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 477IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 151mg, Iron: 4mg

spoonful of Homemade Pizza Sauce