Learn How to Make Pizza Sauce that’s so good, you’ll never want to buy storebought sauce again! This easy no cook recipe is made in minutes with tomato sauce and classic Italian ingredients. It’s a must-have when making homemade pizza!
Quick and easy pizza sauce
Once you learn How to Make Pizza Sauce at home, you’ll never need or want to buy it from a store again! So quick and easy, this super simple recipe is a must-have for all of your family pizza nights.
This easy pizza sauce recipe starts with a can of tomato sauce before it’s flavored with classic Italian ingredients, like basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and onion. To really help the flavors in the sauce pop, I added a small dash of honey and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Every bite is nicely balanced between sweet and savory – what could be better?
Homemade pizza sauce always comes in handy, whether you’re making pizza for a fun family dinner, making Mini Biscuit Pizzas for the kids, or hosting a make your own pizza party. Fresh sauce with Homemade Pizza Dough and plenty of meat, veggies, and cheese to layer on top is the best way to win over your guests and the picky eaters in your life!
Pizza tomato sauce vs. spaghetti sauce
Most pizza tomato sauce recipes are made with tomato paste or a concentrated tomato sauce and seasoned with Italian seasonings, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. This gives it a thicker texture and a stronger flavor than regular spaghetti or tomato sauce.
Pizza sauce also doesn’t need to be cooked before you eat it. Making homemade pasta sauce is a much lengthier process that usually involves roasting tomatoes, sauteeing onions and garlic, pureeing, and cooking the sauce.
How to make homemade pizza sauce
This no cook pizza sauce couldn’t be easier to make. In fact, gathering all of your ingredients will take longer than putting the sauce together! Here’s how it’s done:
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl until the Parmesan cheese dissolves.
- Use the sauce right away or store it in the fridge to give all of the flavors time to meld together.
Want to make a large batch? Multiply all the dry ingredients by 8 (or change servings to 8 in recipe card below to get these amounts easily). Keep the dry ingredients in a jar in your cabinet. When you want to make the sauce, you can measure out 2 teaspoons to add with the tomato sauce and water. This saves a lot of time measuring out the ingredients!
Tips and subsittutions
- Spicy pizza sauce – If you love spice, add a pinch of cayenne to the sauce or make it using my Spicy Italian Tomato Sauce.
- To make it thicker – You can omit the water from this recipe to ensure the sauce is thick and flavorful.
- Fresh ingredients – Substitute some of the dried seasonings for fresh if you’d like. Saute or roast fresh minced garlic before stirring it into the sauce, and feel free to use fresh basil if you prefer.
- Honey – I like the natural sweetness honey adds to the sauce, but you can always replace it with maple syrup or white sugar instead. Some sugar in the sauce is important for balance, so don’t leave it out!
Storing and freezing pizza sauce
To store: The sauce will stay fresh in a sealed jar or container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To freeze: You can freeze the sauce in a sealed container or freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months. Just make sure to let it thaw completely before using.
Frequently asked questions
- Can I double the batch? You can easily make double or triple the amount of sauce by changing the serving amount in the recipe card and storing or freezing it for later. Perfect for when you’re hosting a pizza-making party!
- Do I need to cook it first? This is a simple no cook recipe. All you have to stir everything in a bowl and you’re done!
- Can I use homemade tomato sauce instead? Of course! Start with a base of my homemade Roma tomato or slow cooker tomato sauce and mix it with the rest of the sauce ingredients.
More homemade savory sauces to try
- Chinese Brown Sauce
- Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce
- Homemade Pesto Sauce
- Garlic White Sauce
- Keto Alfredo Sauce
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- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl combine all the ingredients, stirring to fully dissolve the Parmesan cheese. Add sauce to pizza immediately, or allow sauce to sit for an hour in the refrigerator for a stronger flavor.