Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce

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This Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce is so good that my kids eat it by the spoonful. If you want to take your homemade pizza to the next level, toss the jarred stuff for this highly flavorful roasted tomato sauce, which is made with pantry staples.

Close-up of pizza sauce made with roasted tomatoes.

Pizza sauce is one of those products that people often buy because they think it is much too complicated to make themselves. However, that’s not true at all! Especially with this easy recipe. You can create a delicious and healthy sauce in just about 30 minutes.

Make it ahead of time and store it for future use, or make it fresh right before you want to use it. Whether you’re planning a pizza party or a cozy night in with pizza and a movie, this sauce will definitely be a hit! You’ll never want to buy the premade stuff again.

Use this sauce to make Easy Homemade Pizza, One Hour Homemade Pizza, or Sliced Bread Pizza, which are each satisfying in their own way. You can even use this sauce to make calzones or homemade pizza rolls. The sky is the limit!

Why You’ll Love Roasted Tomato Sauce

  • It’s simple. With only six ingredients, you can create the best pizza sauce you’ve ever had. The best part is that you likely already have the seasonings and olive oil needed for the recipe! However, I suggest you purchase fresh tomatoes for this recipe or use some from your garden.
  • It’s healthy. This recipe is made with fresh, whole ingredients. Say goodbye to eating jarred pizza sauce with tons of preservatives and additives!
  • It’s authentic. Starting with a high-quality crust and sauce is essential to make an excellent pizza. When you make the sauce from scratch, you can truly appreciate the difference in its taste and quality. The flavor and texture are unbeatable and will likely remind you of enjoying food from a pizzeria.

Ingredients Needed 

This recipe has a short ingredient list. You can check out the entire detailed list in the recipe card below. But here are its ingredients and some notes about them:

Tomatoes on a white plate, spices in a wooden bowl and oil in a small bowl.
  • Roma Tomatoes: These tomatoes are a top-tier choice since they have less water content than other tomato varieties. This ensures that your sauce won’t turn out too watery. Additionally, they have a pleasant flavor profile with the right level of acidity and sweetness.
  • Italian Seasoning: This seasoning blend plays a huge role in giving the pizza sauce its distinctive flavor. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can make it by combining dried basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Olive Oil: This oil further enhances the tomatoes’ taste when roasting, giving you rich juices for the sauce.
  • Garlic Powder: Tomatoes and garlic are a dynamic duo. The savory qualities of the garlic help to balance the sweet and acidic undertones in the sauce.

How To Make Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Rinse, pat dry, and chop the tomatoes.
  4. Place tomatoes on the baking sheet, sprinkle with salt, and drizzle with oil.
  5. Roast tomatoes.
  6. Blend roasted tomatoes with remaining seasonings until smooth.
  7. Use the sauce immediately or store it for later use.
Roma tomatoes cut into quarters on parchment paper.
Tomato quarters drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.
Roasted tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Roasted tomatoes and spices in a blender.
Blended roasted tomato sauce.
Blended roasted tomato pizza sauce

Substitutions and Variations 

  • Parmesan: If you plan on using the sauce immediately, you can gently fold in some grated parmesan cheese after blending it. Although it makes the texture less smooth, it provides a pleasant cheesy flavor. This is the perfect trick for people who love to garnish their pizza with tons of parmesan!
  • Spices: Give the pizza sauce a fiery kick by adding red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or smoked paprika to the sauce. Make sure to hold off from adding it to the tomatoes when you roast them. Instead, add it with the other seasonings when it is time to blend the tomatoes into a paste.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: If you prefer your sauce to be on the sweeter side, you can make a cherry tomato pizza sauce instead. Remember that cherry tomatoes are much smaller and will roast quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on them when they are in the oven.
  • Fresh Herbs: You can use fresh basil and oregano as a substitute for Italian seasoning. Keep in mind that dried herbs have a stronger flavor than fresh ones, so you’ll need to use a higher measurement of fresh herbs. Before blending, chop the herbs into small pieces. After blending, taste the sauce and add more herbs if needed.
Roasted tomato pizza sauce in a mason jar.

Expert Tips For Pizza Sauce

  • Roasted tomato pizza sauce for canning: It is possible to can your homemade pizza sauce to further extend its shelf life. This is a suitable recipe since it doesn’t contain dairy. However, there are specific guidelines you need to follow when canning these types of recipes, such as adding a small amount of lemon juice to each jar. You need a certain amount of acidity to safely can the sauce. Check out this guide for more details!
  • If you want your pizza sauce to have a chunkier texture, you can blend it for less time. Just ensure all the seasonings are thoroughly distributed throughout the mixture before using it.
  • Since this pizza sauce holds up well in the freezer, you can make a double batch of it and freeze half of it for later use. It is important to store it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and prevent freezer burn.
Spoon scooping some roasted tomato pizza sauce.

Recipe Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Difference Between Pizza Sauce and Regular Tomato Sauce?

Tomato sauce is usually cooked on the stovetop, where all the ingredients are simmered together. This creates a unique flavor that develops over time. On the other hand, pizza sauce can be made much quicker!
For example, with this recipe, there’s no need to cook it on the stove. All you have to do is roast the tomatoes, mix them with seasonings, and blend them into a perfect sauce. The ingredients in the sauce will continue to cook when you use it on your pizza.

Which Tomato Is Best For Pizza Sauce?

Roma (plum) or San Marzano tomatoes are excellent choices for making pizza sauce. They have a nice texture, and their flavor is refreshing and bold, especially when you roast them. However, cherry tomatoes produce a lovely sauce, too, so it depends on your preferences.

Should I Add Sugar To Pizza Sauce?

When you use the right tomatoes, no sugar is needed! I don’t use any sugar in my recipe, which keeps it healthier and more straightforward, and the flavor still turns out amazing.

However, some people might use a small amount of sugar in their sauce to cut the acidity if they choose a tomato variety that’s highly acidic.

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Close-up of pizza sauce made with roasted tomatoes.

Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce is so good that my kids eat it by the spoonful. If you want to take your homemade pizza to the next level, toss the jarred stuff for this highly flavorful roasted tomato sauce which is made with pantry staples.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 27 minutes
Total: 32 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds roma tomatoes medium-sized
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Rinse the tomatoes and pat dry. Cut them into quarters and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle on the salt and drizzle on the olive oil. Place in the preheated oven to roast for 30 minutes.
  • Add the roasted tomatoes to a blender, then add the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Blend into a smooth paste.
  • Use the sauce immediately on pizza or store it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months.


Tomatoes: For a sauce with a sweeter flavor profile, consider using cherry tomatoes. The quality of the tomatoes used really makes an impact on the flavor of this sauce. I used Roma tomatoes from my garden and I think the tastier garden tomatoes made all the difference. I recommend purchasing organic tomatoes if you can.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 949IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Additional Info

Calories: 54
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