If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade gluten free pizza sauce, now is the time! You only need a few simple pantry ingredients to make this simple pizza sauce recipe!

A quart-sized mason jar filled with gluten free pizza sauce.

Our family has a tradition of making homemade gluten free pizza every Friday night. Pizza is wildly popular in our house and makes a perfect family dinner. Everyone can choose their own toppings.

The last time I went grocery shopping, I couldn’t find any pizza sauce, so I decided to make one from scratch. You won’t believe how easy it is to make pizza sauce!

If you want to try making gluten free sourdough pizza crust, you can start by making this easy sourdough starter! It takes 5 days to ferment, and I should have that crust recipe up by then.

Why this recipe is great:

You won’t believe how easy it is to make a pizza sauce from canned tomato sauce and spices! Kids and family will love it! All you need is a few simple ingredients.”

Give this sauce a try on my homemade pizza crust recipe! Or, if you are grain-free, try this pizza sauce made from scratch on this grilled grain-free pizza crust!

Use this sauce to make my delicious gluten free pizza rolls too!

Ingredient notes:

Photos of the gluten free pizza sauce ingredients.
  • Tomato sauce – I like to use plain with no added herbs
  • Tomato paste – Most are gluten free, but always double-check the ingredients of tomato paste. Be sure to check that your tomato paste is gluten free!
  • Pizza sauce spices like basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Can you use fresh herbs?

If you can find fresh herbs, definitely use those! In the recipe, I give measurements for dried herbs, so if you use fresh herbs, double the number of fresh herbs you use!

You can also grow fresh herbs in your kitchen window! This is something we love to do, so we always have fresh herbs on-hand for our cooking. Many ask what herbs are in pizza sauce, and my favorites (and the most common) are basil and oregano.

Garlic bulbs have become scarce in our stores as well, so in this recipe, I used garlic powder.

Fun swaps:

Given how hard it has been to find some ingredients lately, I am giving you a few options so you can enjoy pizza anytime! This is a pizza sauce made with tomato paste recipe. You can substitute ketchup if you can’t find it in your store.

  • Make your pizza sauce spicy by adding crushed red peppers.
  • Use organic tomato sauce and tomato paste to make this an organic pizza sauce.
  • Add grated parmesan to the sauce for a cheesier flavored sauce.
  • If you have fresh garlic on hand, use 2 minced cloves instead of the garlic powder. (Who knew Gilroy, the garlic capital, would have a garlic shortage?)
Top view of a jar of pizza sauce with a bottle of basil, oregano, and garlic powder next to the jar.

If you want a pizza sauce alternative, try this white pizza sauce recipe! Everyone loves this Alfredo Sauce recipe! Just use the alfredo sauce the same way you would use tomato-based pizza sauce.

(*If you are wild like my kids, you can use the white sauce to make a pickle pizza!)

Recipe step-by-step directions:

The tomato sauce, tomato paste, and spices in a pan on the stove.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients to see if you have all of the ingredients on hand.

Step 2: Add your tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, and spices to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Step 3: Cover and turn the temperature to low, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

That is it! This homemade pizza sauce tastes like the sauce you would get at any pizza restaurant, and you made it with simple pantry ingredients! Store the unused sauce in an air-tight container.

The top view of a mason jar filled with pizza sauce.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Is garlic powder gluten free?

It is good that you are thinking about this important question. The answer is it depends. Single herbs and spices tend to be gluten free (always check ingredients just to be sure!) Spice blends often have anti-caking ingredients, so always look at the ingredient list.

How do you thicken pizza sauce?

Thanks to the tomato paste, you will not need to thicken this pizza sauce.

What do you store pizza sauce in?

I keep my pizza sauce in a mason jar or air-tight container

Can you freeze this pizza sauce?

You can easily freeze this pizza sauce. I freeze it in an ice cube tray to easily thaw only what I need.

How long will pizza sauce keep?

This pizza sauce should keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

If you love Italian sauces as much as we do, try my homemade marinara sauce recipe too!

Enjoy with:

Try this delicious kid-friendly Kale and Apple Salad or this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe a try with the pizza!

Gluten Free Pizza Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
Homemade gluten free pizza sauce from scratch.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Pizza and Pasta Recipes, Gluten Free Sauces and Marinades
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 79 kcal


  • 30 ounce can tomato sauce two 15 ounce cans
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • black pepper optional


  • Combine all of the ingredients into a saucepan.
  • Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Turn the heat down to low and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


There are quite a few substitutions given the scarcity of many ingredients. Feel free to substitute fresh herbs for dried. If you can’t find tomato paste, you can substitute ketchup and skip the sugar.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1535mgPotassium: 884mgFiber: 4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1176IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made the pizza sauce, it taste fresh compared to the store bought, I also made your pizza dough using Bob Red Mill, it turned out just right. My gluten free pizza was tasty. I will be using these recipes again. I also made the flakey biscuits, I’ll be having with sausage and gravy in the morning. Thanks so very much for sharing your recipes. It has been years since I have eaten either of these foods.

    1. Hi Elaine, I am a little embarrassed to say I have never canned anything before. If you try canning this sauce, please come back and let me know how it turns out.

      1. Your recipe calls for 2 cans of tomato sauce. What size can? Makes a VERY big difference.