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Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

It’s pouring here – a cool 54 degrees (F). The leaves are falling and it’s getting darker earlier, indicating summer is quickly coming to a close. We Alaskans often joke that we only have 2 seasons up here: winter and road construction. All joking aside, it’s true – we hardly have a spring or fall, but I personally love our quick excuse of a fall. I like wearing sweatshirts and fleece jackets, and being comfortable without freezing my buns off in sub-zero temps. 😉 

All this cool weather we’re having makes me want to bake, cook, and load up my freezer for the winter. It’s full of Alaskan wild salmon and blueberries, but it could use a little more variety if you know what I mean.  😉  And a few things to make throwing dinners together on busy nights easier, like this Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce. 

Pizza sauce can easily make or break a pizza, and I’m a very picky pizza sauce person (say that 10 x’s fast). The jarred variety I used to buy pre-gluten free wasn’t quite as healthy as I thought it was once I was forced to look at the label. Nor was it quite as tasty as this homemade version I freeze to have on hand whenever I need it. This simple sauce is delicious, and I bet once you try it, you’ll never want to buy the jarred variety again either! 

This sauce is perfect on my Foolproof Gluten-Free Pizza Crust!

All my love, 
Megan (with a long E)

 Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe - Allergy Free Alaska

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

Yield: about 3 cups


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat and then add the onions. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then add the garlic, basil, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is tender and the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, palm sugar, sea salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat.
  3. Allow the sauce to sit and cool to room temperature. This will allow the flavors to merry.
  4. Use immediately, or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.


I freeze my Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce in glass mason jars, but I only fill the jars 3/4 of the way full. This helps prevent the jars from breaking when the sauce freezes and expands.

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Thursday 31st of August 2017

I freeze this in silicone muffin tins. I then pop them out and put them in a container and have 1/2 cup serving sizes for pizzas. If you only have regular muffins tins, you just put the pan in hot water for a short time just to release the sauce cups. Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

Cristen O'Donnell

Thursday 18th of September 2014

love this recipe! do you think it would still be good if it omitted the palm sugar? thanks!


Thursday 18th of September 2014

Definitely still good! Might be a little on the tangy side, but depending on your preferences, you might enjoy that. You can also use brown sugar/cane sugar as a substitute if you'd like. ;)

Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

Thursday 11th of September 2014

This sauce sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!


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Sunday 31st of August 2014

Thank you for sharing this on Merry Monday Link party! Your sauce looks so good - and it freezes too! I would bet this would be good on chicken with cheese.... Going to make some this week.. Julia

Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts

Thursday 28th of August 2014

You can look at that photo and tell exactly how great this sauce is, Megan! I'd like to make some and freeze it, maybe in ice cube trays so I can pull out whatever amount I need. ;-) Thanks so much for sharing on Gluten-Free Wednesdays!

xo, Shirley