San Marzano Tomato Pizza Sauce Recipe

San Marzano Tomato Pizza Sauce Recipe

San Marzano tomatoes are an Italian heirloom variety of plum tomatoes. Compared to roma tomatoes San Marzano have fewer seeds, more meaty texture, and thinner shape; often with a point at the bottom. Flavor wise they are also sweeter and less acidic. The thicker juice, meaty inside and lower acid makes them ideal for creating an uncooked sauce.

It is worth noting that although known as an Italian tomato San Marzano tomatoes can be grown anywhere. American grown varieties are sold just as are Italian varieties. However San Marzano tomatoes that are grown and canned in Valle del Samo, Italy can be classified as Pomodoro S. Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino with the EU DOP emblem.

For this recipe we will be using canned San Marzano tomatoes. They have been heated enough during the canning process to allow this recipe to work. Using this ‘uncooked’ sauce recipe is ideal for stone or brick oven pizzas baked hotter than 500°F (260°C). The hotter cooking temperature ensures there is enough heat to quickly evaporate moisture from the sauce.


Yield: Approximately 13 ounces of sauce, enough for two 14″ thin crust pizzas.


San Marzano Tomatoes 28oz can
Garlic 1 small clove*
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Black Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Oregano, dried 1/2 teaspoon
Crushed Red Pepper 1/8 teaspoon

* A small clove of garlic refers to a clove about the thickness of your pinkie. A medium sized clove will produce a big garlic favor, but not over powering. The garlic flavor will get stronger if sits overnight. Adjust to your preference.

Tools Used


  1. Remove the area where the stem connects to the tomatoes and crush the tomatoes with your hands or a potato masher until completely broken up.
  2. Pour tomatoes into a large fine mesh conical sieve over a large bowl.
  3. Allow the tomatoes to drain for an hour in the sieve separating the watery liquid from the pulp.
  4. Crush garlic clove using a garlic press
  5. Combine tomato pulp, garlic, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and oregano.
  6. If the sauce is still lumpy continue to mash up with a potato masher until smooth. Avoid using a blender as it breaks the seeds releasing a subtle bitter flavor.
  7. Allow the sauce to sit covered at room temperature for a few hour or refrigerate for up to 4 days. The sauce will taste better the next day; when possible make the day before.



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  • Marie

    Does this use fresh or dried oregano?

    • Brian York


  • Jonathan Chapman

    can I use these tomatoes for your simple tomato sauce recipie?

    • Brian York

      Absolutely Jonathan. Canned San Marzano tomatoes just have a consistency and flavor that make them work really well in this way where as standard canned tomatoes would not. But San Marzano tomatoes are perfect for most any tomato based sauce.

  • Lentils4Mentals

    Seriously, you don’t want to pour tomatoes into a large fine mesh conical sieve over a large bowel. That would taste terrible. I think you meant to type “bowl”. 😉

  • Erich Weiler

    Just so we are all clear, with an actual, real Neapolitan pizza, you don’t add anything to a San Marzano sauce.

    However, I find a little granulated garlic and salt works great along with a pinch of oregano.

  • Danvil

    Yum, pour the sauce over your bowel

    • Brian Y.

      Haha, Thanks Danvil! Fixed

  • Wendi Kaye Hayes

    I just made this sauce. It is seriously amazing. I can’t wait to use it on a pizza. There may be none left tomorrow because I keep tasting it!

  • Wendi Kaye Hayes

    I made a pizza using this sauce and it is incredible! I will never buy store bough again. This was so good and so simple. Thank you so much!

    • Brian Y.

      Hi Wendi, Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you like it. Its one of my favorite ways to make tomato based sauces. Hope you are enjoying making pizza at home!

      • Wendi Kaye Hayes

        A year later and still have not purchased store bought pizza sauce! I have also switched to all San Marzano tomatoes for all recipes!

  • Shan

    I made it today, its amazing.. thanks for sharing the recipe..

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