Hi everyone 🙂 This is my favourite pizza sauce recipe that I was lucky enough to have passed on.

So you made a beautiful pizza base from scratch…..so will you spread store bought sauce all over your hard work or spread on your own fabulously tasty home made sauce?! Even if it’s a store bought base having your own sauce ready to go in the freezer will make a much more delicious pizza 🙂 Here’s the recipe I use for the pizzas at work and I love it. It makes approx. 5 cups and I use it and then divide and freeze the rest. I use diced tomatoes from the tin but if you’re an avid gardener of course you can use your own! I prefer to use fresh Italian herbs; rosemary, parsley, oregano and thyme from the herb garden but you can of course use dried, it will still taste great. 🙂


  • 1 cup fresh herbs (loosely packed) or 1 tablespoon of dry, Italian herbs
  • 1 medium-sized brown onion
  • 5 medium-sized cloves garlic (or 4 large)
  • 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil or a light/medium olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 x 400 gram (14 oz) cans, diced tomatoes or 15-18, fresh, ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


  1. If using fresh tomatoes, peel & core them & then roughly dice them into small pieces. Leave them aside.
  2. If using them, remove all the leaves from the fresh herbs, roughly chop them up & then set them aside.
  3. Peel & finely dice the onion & the garlic cloves.
  4. In a large saucepan, over a medium heat up the first measure of oil & the butter for I minute.
  5. Add the fresh or dry herbs & the onion. Cook them for 5 mins, stirring often until the onions are soft & clear (if they are starting to brown turn the heat down a bit).
  6. Add the garlic & cook for another minute.
  7. Next stir in the tomato paste & cook for another minute.
  8. Now add the tomatoes & turn the heat up to high. Stir occasionally whilst letting it come to a boil.
  9. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium/low & simmer (a soft boil) it for 30 mins.
  10. After the 30 mins is up, add the sugar, salt, olive oil & vinegar. Stir them in well & continue cooking for 5 mins.
  11. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to 6 months.

For a walkthrough including pics visit my blog – http://www.taniaskitchen.co.nz/italian-pizza-sauce/



    1. Tania Post author

      Yeah, I just think if you are super busy but go to the effort you may as well make more and freeze it….this defrosts as new

  1. MilkHoney

    Will definitely be trying this one. Pizza is a fave at our house. I’m like a short-order cook on pizza night. As soon as one’s out of the oven, another goes in – I could be at it for hours 😀

    1. Gibble

      Agree – totally agree. That’s how it rolls in our house too. Oh how I would love to have 1. a larger oven, or 2. a wood fire oven out the back.

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