Cole Cooks: Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

homemade pizza sauce


Fun Diego Family loves pizza.  We are even crazy enough to try cooking pizza at home.  We have developed a couple of different pizza sauces over the years.  This homemade pizza sauce recipe is for a cooked tomato sauce.

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

This is one of our homemade pizza sauce recipes.  This is the sauce we use to make our NY-style pizza.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Dad Cole


  • 1 28- ounce can whole or pureed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar


  1. Puree tomatoes in food processor or food mill. Heat olive oil in sauce pan and add minced garlic. Sautee for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Let simmer for 1 hour. Taste and add salt and spices as needed. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

There are several different kinds of pizza we make.  For something like our Detroit style pizza, we use a no-cook tomato sauce.  Basically, this is a sauce where you stir together the ingredients and put it on the pizza dough uncooked. We also use this on our famous grilled pizza.

Cole Cooks: No Cook Pizza Sauce Recipe

In contrast, this is a cooked sauce that simmers for an hour.  We use this sauce on our NY-style pizza.  This was inspired by the book American Pie by Peter Reinhart.  Our NY-style pizza dough follows his recipe exactly.  Our sauce recipe is similar but contains some enhancements we have developed over the years.

Be sure and check out our recipe for making the dough.  For a full pizza-making guide see 12-year old Grady’s article. 

Cole Cooks: Homemade NY-Style Pizza

This is a simple recipe where you simply combine the ingredients and simmer in a saucepan.  We use San Marzano tomatoes.  However, in our taste test, we couldn’t really tell the difference.

homemade pizza sauce

homemade pizza sauce

homemade pizza sauce
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homemade pizza sauce

homemade pizza sauce

homemade pizza sauce


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