Super Simple 5-Minute Seasoned Pizza Sauce

This pizza sauce is good for throwback “pizza parlor” pizzas of all sorts. With dried oregano and basil and a pinch of garlic powder, it has that old-school “red sauce” flavor profile.

Use a 3- to 4-ounce portion for a 12- to 14-inch pizza (the size most people will make in their home ovens).

I got this recipe from DMCavanagh, a longtime frequent commenter on Slice/Serious Eats, where I was the founding editor. David could be a curmudgeon, and he was certainly … opinionated, but he was insatiably curious and enthusiastic about pizza-making and shared his knowledge generously. He died a number of years ago, but whenever I crack a can of Sclafani crushed tomatoes, I think of him and wish he were still with us to share a slice or a story.

Super Simple 5-Minute Seasoned Pizza Sauce

If you want a more robust pizza sauce in very little time, this sauce can be prepared in 5 minutes or less.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 1 28- ounce can crushed Italian-style tomatoes preferably Sclafani or Bianco Di Napoli
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt


  • Dump tomatoes into a medium bowl. Measure in dry ingredients; stir thoroughly.


Use your favorite crushed canned tomatoes. I prefer Sclafani—they have great flavor and are crushed to just the consistency I like. Not too coarse, still a little pulpy.
Keyword pizza sauce, red sauce
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