During the summer, we like to cook our pizza on the grill. This pizza sauce has a kick, so if you’re a heat pansy turn you can tone down this recipe a notch by reducing the pepper (either the crushed red or the black…or both). I tend to think the red has more heat, but a better flavor. Mess with it as you will.

Homemade Pizza Sauce: Recipe Highlights

If you’re out of any of the herbs, try to increase the Italian seasoning by the same ratio. You will still get a great sauce. If you’re lacking in the minced garlic, try replacing it with garlic powder. It’s a pretty versatile and forgiving recipe.

If you would like to follow along as I prepare the dough and sauce, and grill the pizza, check out the Twisted Tastes YouTube channel.

You might be interested in checking out the companion recipe for how to make pizza on the grill.

Homemade Pizza Sauce | Twisted Tastes

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Holly McCarthy
The sauce has a kick, so if you’re a heat pansy you can turn it down a notch by reducing the pepper.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8


  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tsp parmesan grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp basil dried
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a medium-size pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil and saute the minced garlic until golden brown.
  • To the pot, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water to the pot with the minced garlic.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Once simmering, place the lid on the pot and turn the heat to a low setting. Allow the sauce to simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool slightly before use.
  • If you are saving the sauce for later use, allow the sauce to cool completely before storing.

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