Zesty Pizza Sauce Recipe

Zesty Pizza Sauce Recipe

This zesty homemade pizza sauce recipe is a balanced blend of herbs and spices to pack your pizza with flavor. In my opinion, it’s the best homemade pizza sauce, period.

I’ve tried so many different sauce recipes over the years, and I now use this one exclusively. I don’t remember where I got it, but I’ve been using it for years. It’s the perfect blend of herby, spicy, savory, sweet, and salty flavors. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’ll take you all of five minutes. All you do is combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk, and no cooking is required.

Pizza sauce is arguably the most important component of making a great pizza. You can have a great cheese blend or a great pizza dough recipe, but if your sauce is lacking you end up with a pizza that’s a little wanting.

If you have a great dough, a flavorful homemade pizza sauce, and a great cheese blend then you’ve got a recipe for a killer pizza that will rival your favorite pizza place.


What Is Pizza Sauce Made Of?

Pizza sauce is made of tomatoes, spices, and seasonings. It is a thicker sauce than marinara sauce, and it is used to top pizzas. Pizza sauce can be made with a variety of spices, including basil, oregano, and garlic. It is typically seasoned to taste and can be made with either canned or fresh tomatoes. Marinara sauce is a thinner sauce made of tomatoes, herbs, and olive oil. It is typically used as a condiment or pasta sauce.

What Makes Pizza Sauce Taste Like Pizza Sauce?

Pizza sauce has a unique flavor that is different from other sauces like marinara. This is because pizza sauce typically has more sugar and added spices that give it its unique taste.


But What’s The Secret Ingredient For Pizza?

Hands down, marjoram. Not an herb that you typically use in a home kitchen or one that most people are probably familiar with, marjoram contributes so much great flavor and makes the best pizza sauce for the best pizza.

Homemade Pizza Recipes

If you’re looking for a pizza dough recipe that makes great pizza, look no further than my Basic Pizza Dough. It makes enough dough for two sixteen to eighteen-inch New York Style pizzas or a large Sicilian Deep Dish Pizza, or even for smaller pizzas if you’re having a party. Homemade pizza dough will stay fresh in the freezer for up to a month, so you can use what you need and freeze the rest.

Store-bought pizza sauce works in a pinch, but once you try this homemade pizza sauce recipe you’ll probably never go back. It’s extremely easy to make, requires no cooking, and is much cheaper if you already have the spices and herbs on hand.


How Much Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes enough pizza sauce for one 18″ pizza or two 14″ pizzas, plus a little extra if you appreciate extra sauce. It’s delicious on a New York Style Pizza, a deep-dish style pizza, or heated and used for dipping Garlic Knots.

How Can This Be Made Vegan?

To make this vegan, simply omit or replace the parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast or another replacement for your vegan pizza.

Pizza Saucing Guidelines:

  • Light Sauce: If there’s a thin layer of sauce and a lot of the dough is readily showing through the sauce, that’s light sauce.
  • Regular Sauce: A standard pizza should be sauced enough that you can just barely see the dough through the sauce.
  • Extra Sauce: If you can’t really see the dough through the sauce, that’s extra sauce.
A photo showing how to make pizza sauce.

At A Minimum, You’ll Need:

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  • A set of measuring spoons and cups like these to measure out ingredients. The printed measurements on these won’t wear off over time either like most plastic sets because the numbers are actually etched in instead of printed on.
  • A whisk to mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • A can opener for the tomato paste.
  • A spoon to scoop it out of the can.

Zesty Pizza Sauce Recipe

Makes sauce enough for one 18″ pizza, or two 14″ pizzas.

  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Use a whisk to stir the ingredients until the sugar and salt have dissolved into the sauce, then add your homemade pizza sauce to your pizza with a spoon or ladle to your preference.

Note: If stored in the fridge overnight, the consistency of the sauce can solidify due to the tomato paste. If this happens, just add a little extra water and whisk it again.

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