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Chunky Pizza Sauce

Homemade Chunky Pizza Sauce! This is my go-to recipe for every pizza that I make. It’s simple and uses so few ingredients, and the taste is just wonderful! I also use this for a simple pasta sauce!

Ingredients For My Chunky Pizza Sauce

Simple ingredients: 4 pints of canned tomatoes, olive oil, powdered oregano, garlic and some sugar. I use my home-canned tomatoes. When you can tomatoes, you need to use an acidic ingredient to make sure the PH levels are safe for water bath canning. I use lemon juice, so I offset the tartness of the lemon juice by adding one sugar cube per pint that I use. Of course, this is optional.

The final and very important last ingredient is fresh basil. I have substituted fresh basil for dried, but I find it doesn’t really turn out the same – the flavor is much better with fresh basil. When it’s not gardening season, I buy these types of basil plants from the grocery store. I buy 3-5 plants at a time and keep them well-watered so that they continue to grow leaves for months after I harvest them.

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How To Make Chunky Pizza Sauce – Step By Step

Step one is to chop your garlic, and then your basil.

In a pot, heat the olive oil on medium-low heat. TRUST ME – don’t let it get too hot because your garlic will BURN quite quickly. Yes, I know first hand!! Add the garlic to the oil and let it cook for about a minute until it’s fragrant, then add the basil and stir well. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes, partially covered.

About 5 minutes into the simmer, I take a potato masher and mash down the sauce to make sure any large pieces of tomatoes are crushed. I love the colors of this sauce! When a meal is visually pleasing, I think it adds to the flavor!

When I use the sauce on my pizza dough, I use a fork and lift the chunky parts out so that I don’t have too much liquid on my pizza dough. I usually brush the pizza dough crust with the sauce to keep it from burning. Here is my recipe for Take-Out-Style Pizza Dough.

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Chunky Pizza Sauce

Recipe by Rain Frances

This pizza sauce is so flavorful and so easy to make!


  • 4 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 20 fresh basil leaves

  • 2 liters (4 pints) tomatoes

  • 1/2 tsp powdered oregano

  • 4 cubes (4 tsp, 16 grams) brown sugar (optional)


  • Chop up the garlic and basil.
  • In a pot, heat the olive oil on medium-low. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add the basil and stir.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, and stirl well. Bring to a boil, then simmer partially covered for 30 minutes.
  • About 5 minutes into the simmer, use a potato masher and mash the larger chunks of tomatoes.

Recipe Video Instructions


  • This recipe makes anywhere from 4-6 cups of pizza sauce depending on how long you boil it down.
  • If you like a smooth pizza sauce, you can use a stick blender to blend it after the simmering time.
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