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Easy 5 Minute Pizza Sauce

This 5 Minute Pizza Sauce is a homemade staple. It’s easy to make, it’s full of flavor, it can be doubled, and freezes easily so you always have some on hand.

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Pizza Sauce

No good. No bueno. Ugh.

Last week, we had one of those long days, screw the dinner plans kind of night. I just did not want to cook and make a homemade pizza from scratch. We always have pre-made pizza crust on hand in the pantry just for nights like this. (I use the gluten free one that’s also lactose free from Aldi for Adam and Kelsey). We just throw on our toppings, bake for a bit and dinner is done. Win.

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Except last week, we realized we didn’t have any pizza sauce so we made a quick trip to the store. Got home, opened the trunk and the sauce rolled out and smashed on the garage floor. True story.

You guys are probably sitting there thinking, what a waste of time. She could have just cooked something and avoided all that. True. But you wouldn’t have seen how to make pizza sauce if I had! So in a pinch, I checked my pantry and had some fresh tomato sauce on hand (finally something went right). So I tossed it in a pot, added some seasonings, and boom. The best 5 minute pizza sauce recipe ever.

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I used Hunt’s tomato sauce, which is another pantry staple. Basic tomato sauce can be used in many recipes, like my Slow Cooker Taco Chili, homemade spaghetti sauce, etc. It’s a great blank canvas for you to add your seasonings depending on what kind of dish you’re making. It’s perfect for times like this where you really need to make something FAST.

Now that I’ve got this great recipe in my repertoire, I may never go back to buying store-bought pizza sauce. This is so easy to make and it can even be frozen. Plus, it’s actually cheaper than buying pizza sauce, a can of Hunt’s tomato sauce is less than $1 at Walmart. That’s a double win right there. Enjoy!

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Easy 5 Minute Pizza Sauce

4.54 from 198 ratings
This 5 Minute Pizza Sauce is a homemade staple. It’s easy to make, it’s full of flavor, it can be doubled, and freezes easily so you always have some on hand.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15 oz jar tomato sauce
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  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce I used no salt added
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt omit if you use a salted tomato sauce


  • Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and stir to combine. Heat over medium low heat until warm. Use immediately or cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg


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  1. MADAWG says:

    5 stars
    Mmmmmmmm! Super TASTY. It was SO scrumptious!! My new fav pizza suace! We LOVE you Shay Shay!!!!!πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹

  2. jen says:

    Wow this was so easy and tasty. After making pizza dough I realized I didn’t have any marinara or pizza sauce. Luckily I had a can of plain tomato sauce. I followed your recipe only using half the amount of oregano (personal preference)~ I am going to make a larger batch, portion it out and freeze. Thanks!

  3. Ashley B says:

    Thank you for this! I have been trying to wing it on my own and there is always something missing. These are the perfect ratios of everything and I will forever use this recipe.

  4. Jerrie says:

    Love 5 minutes and I had all of these in my pantry. Cooking now the taste was good. I can add to it or subtract to my satisfaction. Wonderful recipe. I will be using this often. Thanks

  5. Kim says:

    Does this need to be heated?

  6. Megan says:

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator after it’s made?

  7. Kellie says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I did find that 2 tsp of both oregano and basil was too much. Luckily I dan another can of tomato sauce on hand and doubled the rest. In place of the sugar to keep it Mor Keto I used a few monk fruit drops.

  8. Lisa says:

    Made this tonight with fresh herbs. Thought it was awesome! (1 tsp dried herbs = 1 tbsp fresh).

  9. Gee Vee says:

    Add a dash or two of crushed red pepper to make this complete. No need to cook, you can mix up the ingredients the night before and refrigerate. Else, make sure the sauce is no longer warm when you use it!

  10. Betsy says:

    Well, I made it tonight and let it simmer for almost 2 hours because I like thick pizza sauce. It was awesome!!! By far, the best pizza sauce I’ve ever tried to make! I paired it with Bobby Flay’s pizza crust recipe and it was so good!

  11. Betsy says:

    Is the can of tomatoe sauce that you used really 115 ounces?? I have a large can of Hunts No Salt Added Sauce and it is 29 ounces.

    • Betsy says:

      Oh, I just figured it out, sorry! I should have read this as (1) 15 oz. can! Now I get it!!! Time to go double up on my herbs for my 29 ounce can of tomato sauce!

    • Shay says:

      No, it’s one 15 oz. can. Sorry the recipe card doesn’t leave enough space to make that more clear πŸ™

  12. Sonja says:

    This is the best pizza sauce ever, I just love it

  13. Amber says:

    This sauce is so simple to make and delicious!!! I definitely won’t be buying jarred sauce from the store again.

  14. Wendi Anderson says:

    4 stars
    Thanks!! Cheap and easy. I didn’t use the sugar but I added a leftover packet of Parmesan cheese from a previous pizza order and it made all the difference. Also, only half of the basil. Wonderful, thank you! (If you want spice throw in a few red pepper flakes.)

  15. Catw says:

    4 stars
    growing up on the orchard we had to make everything by hand including our tomato sauce I was happy to see this because as you get older you forget here in Michigan we have Buscemi’s pizza so it’s a little spicy I added a few drops of hot sauce to it excellent thank you

  16. Panos and Mirella says:

    Excellent idea Sharon, we LOVED it! We often look for an easy pizza/pasta sauce, and that one is by far one of the best! Great work!
    Greetings from Athens,Greece!