Fresh Pizza Sauce

There could not be a simpler homemade red pizza sauce out there… this sauce comes together in just 5 minutes with only 3 ingredients!  It’s not cooked so there’s an incredibly fresh taste.  Of course, that also means the flavor of the sauce depends largely on the quality of the tomatoes.  I HIGHLY recommend using canned San Marzanos – you just can’t beat ’em.  If you’ve grown your own Roma tomatoes (and know they are super tasty), you can peel and seed them and use them in this recipe.

Fresh Pizza Sauce

This recipe is from Jim Lahey’s My Pizza.  He uses this elegantly simple sauce on all of his pizzas with red sauce.  It really showcases the tomatoes making it the perfect sauce for tomato lovers!

Fresh Pizza Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Serves: 2


1/2 28 oz. can San Marzano Tomatoes (~6 tomatoes)
1/2 tbsp. high-quality (first cold-pressed) Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
pinch Fine Sea Salt

1.  Put the whole tomatoes in a small bowl and crush with your hands.  You really don’t need any of the juice from the tomato can.  You can also control the texture of the sauce.  If you don’t like giant chunks, keep crushing until the tomatoes have reached the right consistency for you.

2.  You don’t want the sauce too wet because if you’re using fresh mozzarella (and you should be, it’s so much better!), it’s going to release plenty of moisture as it cooks.  Put the tomato chunks in a strainer and drain until water is only dripping sporadically from the strainer.  Add the olive oil and salt.

3.  Stir the ingredients together and it’s ready to spread over your pizza crust (check out our No-Knead Pizza Dough recipe).

Fresh Pizza Sauce

See, wasn’t that easy?!  Now you’re ready to make a pizza with your favorite toppings.  Or try one of our pizza recipes, maybe a Margherita Pizza


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