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Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe

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This Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce recipe is a testament to the less is more philosophy and a focus on good quality ingredients. This is a no-cook, simple, yet original recipe, that you will find in all good wood-fire pizza joints, or if you were lucky enough to travel, in Naples.

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Authentic Neapolitan pizza sauce recipe in a bowl
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe

Why you will love this Neapolitan Pizza Sauce?

  • Easy to make recipe with everyday ingredients
  • No cooking required
  • Ready in 5 minutes
  • Packed with rich flavors
  • No added sugar required
  • No preservatives and additives unlike store-bought sauce

What you need to make Neapolitan Pizza Sauce

Authentic Neapolitan pizza sauce recipe
Authentic Neapolitan pizza sauce recipe

San Marzano Tomatoes for Neapolitan Pizza Sauce

First off, we focus on getting the key ingredient as close to what we would find in the real thing; the luscious San Marzano tomatoes which are grown in the Valle De Sarno region of South Italy. They are longer in shape than regular tomatoes, but the flesh is thicker, sweeter, and not as tart (acidic). If you are lucky enough to get your hands on these, I would suggest using them. If not, canned tomatoes to the rescue!

Best Pizza Sauce
Tomato In Cans

In Australia, San Marzano can be found in all major supermarkets.

How to make Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce (Pictures)

San Marzano Tomatoes in a bowl
Pour canned tomatoes (or crush if whole) into a bowl
Best tomatoes for authentic pizza sauce.
Add salt and dried oregano leaves
Authentic Pizza Sauce In a Bowl
Add crushed garlic (optional)
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce
Mix well with a spoon
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce In Bowl
Drizzle olive oil
Authentic Neapolitan pizza sauce recipe in a bowl
Garnish with fresh basil leaves

Steps to make Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce

  1. Tomatoes: If you find fresh San Marzano tomatoes, rough chop, and then crush them with a masher or fork. Same for whole canned tomatoes. Add the juices from the can as well. Roma tomatoes can be a close second to San Marzano. If you do not get the San Marzano variety, try the following.
San Marzano Tomatoes In Can

2. Add Oregano and salt: Dried or fresh oregano are both fine.

3. Garlic: Garlic may not be used in all pizza recipes, but I like to use it generously. Crush and then mince the peeled garlic for maximum flavor. Adjust salt to taste.

4. Drizzle Olive Oil: I have used extra virgin olive oil

5. Stir well, and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Your pizza sauce is ready to use. For Neapolitan Pizza, all you need is some fresh mozzarella and pizza dough.

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce In A Bowl
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions About Neapolitan Pizza Sauce

How long will pizza sauce last in the fridge?

Ideally, the pizza sauce will last up to 7 days in the fridge.

Note on food safety: Commercial refrigerators have a temperature of 35° and 38°F (or 1.7 to 3.3°C). Unfortunately, most home refrigerator temperatures tend to be around 46°F (8°C). So it’s wise to use your pizza sauce within 3-5 days. If the sauce has visible mold, smells extra acidic, looks fizzy, or just tastes off, throw it away.

Can Neapolitan pizza sauce be frozen?

Yes! The best way to store this sauce is in a freezer-friendly plastic bag. Just seal tightly after removing as much as air possible from the bag. Alternatively, pour your sauce into ice trays and store in bags after frozen. Label your bags with the date of storage.

This way your sauce can last a minimum of 3 -4 months.


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Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce In A Bowl

Authentic Neapolitan pizza sauce recipe

No cook, authentic Italian pizza sauce recipe.
4.91 from 80 votes (Click on the stars to vote!)
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Course: Appetizer, Condiments, lunch, lunch box, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: authentic italian, Gluten Free, Keto Pizza, Low Carb, no cook, no sugar, pizza sauce, vegan, vegetarian
Categories: condiments, no cook, Sauces
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 42kcal


  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Can Opener


  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes See Notes #1
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Minced Optional
  • 1 tbsp Basil Leaves


  • Pour tomatoes in a bowl. If the tomatoes are whole, crush them with a masher or fork.
  • Add salt, oregano, garlic (optional), chopped basil leaves
  • Mix well, and your pizza sauce is ready to spread.


Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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14 Comments on “Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Sauce Recipe”

  1. This was so easy and tasted loads better than the one you can buy at the store.
    We have frozen the leftovers so we can make pizza again.

  2. I love how simple this is, no extra ingredients to overwhelm the flavors in the sauce! So delicious! We had ours with a simple burrata pizza and it was amazing


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