Easy Pizza Sauce

Craft the Heart of Your Pizza: Authentic Italian Pizza Sauce Recipe

Pizza – a culinary masterpiece that brings people together, igniting taste buds and sparking joy with every bite. But the true magic of a good pie lies not just in the crust or the toppings, but in the foundation: this authentic and easy pizza sauce.

Today, I’m excited to share this authentic Italian pizza sauce recipe that’s both incredibly easy and delicious. This recipe comes from the executive chef at Naples Restaurant in Downtown Disney, famed for their wood-fired pizzas that have garnered a cult following. What makes this recipe truly special is its simplicity. Forget the long ingredient lists and complicated processes; this sauce relies on three key ingredients and minimal effort, allowing the freshness and quality of the ingredients to shine through.

Why This Recipe? 3 Reasons to Make Your Own Pizza Sauce

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While store-bought sauces offer convenience, making your own unlocks a world of flavor and customization. Here’s why you should ditch the jar and embrace this simple recipe:

  1. Freshness and Quality Control: Canned tomatoes offer concentrated flavor, but they can’t compete with the vibrancy of fresh sun-ripened tomatoes. Choosing high-quality ingredients ensures a richer, more authentic taste in every bite.
  2. Customization is King: Unlike store-bought sauces, this recipe allows you to control the sweetness, acidity, and level of seasoning. Feel free to adjust the amount of salt or add a pinch of oregano or red pepper flakes to personalize the flavor to your liking.
  3. Effortless Simplicity: This recipe requires minimal effort, made in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a casual gathering with friends.

What You’ll Need: A Minimalist Ingredient List

This recipe is all about simplicity. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 28 ounces canned Italian San Marzano tomatoes: These plum tomatoes are prized for their sweetness, acidity, and low moisture content, making them ideal for pizza sauce.
  • 1-2 tablespoons high-quality extra virgin olive oil: Opt for a good quality olive oil, as its flavor will be prominent in the finished sauce.
  • Salt to taste: Adjust the salt according to your preference and the type of tomatoes used, as some brands may be saltier than others.

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic, minced (for a garlicky twist)
  • Pinch of dried oregano (for a touch of herbal complexity)
  • Red pepper flakes (for a hint of heat)

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easy pizza sauce recipe

Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
This easy pizza sauce recipe uses just three simple ingredients: Italian San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and salt. Be sure you use the best olive oil you can find. It will make all the difference in the flavor. San Marzano tomatoes can be found on Amazon, and at many Italian markets or high-end supermarkets.
Use this recipe on my Pizza Margherita or Big Green Egg Pizza!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12


  • 28 ounces Italian San Marzano tomatoes
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil


  • In a mixing bowl, crush the tomatoes by hand with a sprinkling of kosher salt and a drizzle of the olive oil. Place as the base for your pizza sauce and follow with your favorite toppings!
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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