Homemade pizza sauce comes together in a pinch with ingredients you can easily keep on hand all the time.
Years ago I was under the misunderstanding that you had to have pizza sauce to make pizza. In fact, so dire was my confusion that if I didn’t have a jar of pizza sauce on hand for Pizza Night, I would make a special trip to the store. Gasp!
Thankfully, I’ve learned the error of my ways. Never make a special trip when you’ve got something else that will do already in your cupboards.
Any tomato or pesto sauce works great on pizza. I’ve even used BBQ sauce and Pad Thai sauce. Use your imagination. Almost anything can work on a pizza crust.
My kids are pizza purists, however. A few of them will experiment with their pizza flavors, but their favorite is simple red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and olive.
I try to plan ahead for the predictable by filling the freezer with pizza fixings. I stock up on pepperoni when it’s on sale. I buy cheese in bulk and divide it into 1-pound bags. And usually, I have several batches of our favorite red sauce on hand.
But, if I don’t, well, I make this easy Last-Minute Pizza Sauce. Remember when I told you how versatile Jamie’s Spice Mix was? Well, check this out. Just stir a few tablespoons of it into diluted tomato paste and you’ve got a fantastic (and easy) pizza sauce made with a handful of ingredients that you can easily keep on hand all the time.
This batch makes enough to cover four 12-inch pizzas, depending on how thick you like your sauce spread on the pizza. If you prefer a thinner sauce, feel free to add more water.
Recipe: Last-Minute Pizza Sauce
- one 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 3/4 cup water (one canful)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Jamie’s Spice Mix
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the tomato paste and water. Add the spice mix and stir well. Stir in the olive oil, whisking until well-combined.
- To make ahead: sauce can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator or frozen for up to 2 months in an airtight container.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)