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An overhead shot of a neapolitan pizza with san marzano pizza sauce

San Marzano Pizza Sauce

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


San Marzano pizza sauce is the fastest and tastiest sauce to make at home for pizza night. These canned tomatoes taste exceptional and have a true tomato flavor!

This recipe will cover:

  • How to make San Marzano Pizza Sauce
  • Background on San Marzano Tomatoes & why they are so tasty!
  • Variations & substitutions to this recipe
  • FAQs about San Marzano pizza sauce


  • 128oz Can San Marzano Tomatoes (use the tomatoes and their juices!)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp dried herbs (we like Oregano, Italian blend, or Thyme)


  1. Open the tomatoes and pour the entire can into a medium-sized pot. Use a potato masher or your hands to break the tomatoes down for a chunky sauce or use an immersion blender for a thin sauce. San Marzano tomatoes are typically canned whole, peeled, and packed with fresh basil. If you notice a big spring of basil, you can remove it if you’d like.
  2. Add the olive oil, salt & pepper, and dried herbs to the pot. Bring this to a simmer over low heat & simmer for 10 minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  3. Tomato sauce tends to splatter. Simmer at low heat or add a lid to help control the mess.
  4. After 10 minutes the sauce is ready! If you’d prefer a thicker sauce you can continue to simmer until the sauce reaches your desired thickness.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week or freeze them for up to 3 months. (Leftovers can turn into a great tomato soup!)


You can freeze this sauce for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

If you can’t find San Marzano tomatoes near you, they are worth it! You can buy them online here or in a pinch you could substitute fire-roasted canned tomatoes, but the taste isn’t the same.

For authentic and certified DOP San Marzano Tomatoes, Rega is a great brand!

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