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Roma tomatoes stacked on top of each other with water dripping off.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • Author: Life At The Table
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups, enough for 2 12-inch pizzas 1x


The next time you get a hankering for pizza, make your own. This simple and delicious sauce comes together in record time.


  • 3 Roma tomatoes (12 oz), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 11/2 cups water (or red wine)
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt


  1. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium/medium-high heat.
  2. Once the skillet is heated, drizzle in enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the chopped onions.
  4. Sauté the onions until translucent.
  5. Add the garlic.
  6. Sauté just until fragrant.
  7. Add the tomatoes to the skillet.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of water (or red wine to the skillet). If your skillet goes dry, add more liquid a little bit at a time. The goals is to cook down the tomatoes ending up with a chunky, not watery sauce.
  9. Once the tomatoes have cooked down, i.e, they have lost their shape and have been incorporated into the sauce, remove the skillet from the heat.
  10. Stir in the Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
  11. Taste and then add in the red wine vinegar.
  12. Taste again and adjust the seasoning with kosher salt as needed.


  • 3 large Roma’s are about 12 oz. You’ll need more than 3 if the tomatoes are smaller.
  • Garlic lovers unite! If you love garlic, definitely add more garlic.
  • Add a bit more of red wine vinegar if your sauce still needs a bit of brightening from the acid.

Keywords: pizza sauce

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