The BEST Restaurant Style Pizza Sauce (Easy!)


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Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect restaurant style pizza sauce? Look no further! This amazing recipe is shockingly simple.

A thin crust pizza made with restaurant style pizza sauce.

Our pizza recipe collection continues to grow on this site (and we have about 20 more pizza recipes photographed and ready to publish). Since we’re clearly pizza obsessed, it’s important that we cover the fundamentals. Great dough and great restaurant style pizza sauce.

This post will teach you everything you need to know about how to make the easiest (and most perfect) pizza sauce. Click here to learn how to make the best thin crust pizza dough or here to learn how to make the best ever gluten free pizza crust.

How to make the best pizza sauce ever:

I used to follow complicated recipes for pizza sauce that involved tons of herbs and simmering for 30 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but imagine my shock (and joy!) when I realized that the simplest pizza sauce is really the best sauce. Of course you can add a pinch of dried oregano if you want to, but it’s totally unnecessary.

There’s only one thing that really matters when you make this sauce, and that’s the quality of the strained tomatoes.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but San Marzano tomatoes are supposed to be the gold standard when it comes to any kind of tomato sauce. I’ve realized (through lots of testing) that I really don’t need to go through the process of crushing whole canned tomatoes to get an amazing sauce.

Nope, no San Marzano tomatoes needed here.

All you need is really good strained tomatoes. I keep a ton of these on hand and use it for everything from pizza sauce, to marinara sauce, to tomato soup.

That one change saves so much time! Suddenly tomato sauce has stopped being something that requires chopping, simmering, and prep work. Now it’s only something that needs a quick stir in a bowl.

Restaurant style pizza sauce spread across pizza dough.

Restaurant Style Pizza Sauce Pro Tip:

If you don’t like the acidity of tomatoes (or if you’re prone to heartburn), add a little dash of baking soda. The baking soda will react with the acidity in the tomatoes which neutralizes the acid. This alleviates the common problem of tomato based foods causing heartburn and it leaves the sauce with a much lighter and sweeter flavor.

How to make vegan pizza sauce:

This is a vegan recipe and it doesn’t need any adaptations.

Is the olive oil necessary?

Nope. Not at all.

In fact, I normally leave it out. All you need is sugar, salt, and strained tomatoes. You can add the olive oil to create a richer flavor. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It’s delicious either way.

How long does homemade pizza sauce last in the fridge?

Store it in an airtight container and it will last in the fridge for up to one week. If you store homemade pizza sauce in the freezer in an airtight container it will last for up to two months!

Yield: 1/2 cup

Restaurant Style Pizza Sauce

Restaurant style pizza sauce on pizza dough.

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect restaurant style pizza sauce? Look no further! It’s delicious and you’ll be shocked by how simple it is.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • ½ cup strained tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (optional, depending on preference)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Mix together the strained tomatoes, sugar, and salt in a bowl. If using olive oil, mix until the oil is well incorporated.


If you happen to replace the strained tomatoes with something like tomato sauce, check the ingredient label. There shouldn’t be any salt or spices on the ingredient label, if there are you’ll end up with a sauce that’s far too salty.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 3.4gCarbohydrates: 1.4gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1.1gProtein: 0.3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated including the optional olive oil.


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A thin crust pizza made with restaurant style pizza sauce.

Try this easy restaurant style pizza sauce the next time you make pizza at home!

Restaurant style pizza sauce on pizza dough.

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