Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of most pizzas. Turns out, it’s really Chicago Style pizzas I despise; kind of like New York style. Luckily Love prefers New York-style as well, so on rare occasions we do homemade pizza, it’s a thin crust with loads of veggies or a more simple Margherita. But no matter what, 99% of the time, I do Homemade Pizza Sauce with fresh tomatoes. Here’s my go-to recipe; it turns out great and very Italian in flavor. It’s easy to do and the longer you slow simmer the pizza sauce the more complex the flavors! 

A few notes before you start!

  • The tomatoes, you can use whatever you have on hand or is on sale. I like the working contrast between the Roma and the Campari Tomatoes. 
  • You can skip the wine and just use water instead. I use wine as it adds acidity and rounds out the flavor of the pizza sauce. It’s how I use up open bottles of “Un-Drinkable” red wine. 
Pizza Sauce!

Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3
Calories 133 kcal


  • Sauce Pot
  • Immersion Blender
  • Knife and Cutting Board


  • 3 each Roma Tomatoes Chopped
  • 3 each Campari Tomatoes Chopped
  • 5 each Garlic Cloves Chopped more or less depending on your tastes
  • 1/4 medium Onion Chopped
  • 10 each Basil Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Dash Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 cup Dry Red Wine


  • Chop your Tomatoes, Garlic, Onion, Basil, and toss with Olive Oil. Line a pan; Tin foil or Baking mats. Cook for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees till tomatoes start to turn golden brown.
  • Once golden brown, move tomatoes and accompaniments to a Saucepan (I used my Dutch Oven Pot and it's perfect for this!), add red wine. Bring to a simmer, and reduce to a slow simmer for as long as possible; at least 30 minutes!
  • When almost ready to assemble pizza, use an immersion blender (or transfer to a food processor) to puree to smooth; or at least mostly smooth. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so to thicken the sauce.  Once thickened to your liking, top pizza dough and add your favorite toppings!


Calories are estimated, your recipe may vary

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