Homemade pizza sauce comes together in a snap with regular pantry ingredients. This Last-Minute, No Cook Pizza Sauce will save your pizza night.
But, uh-oh. You forgot about sauce.
Never fear. You can make it in minutes.
Years ago I was under the misunderstanding that you had to have pizza sauce to make pizza. As if there was something special, magical even in commercially-prepared pizza sauce.
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 to get some. Gasp!
Thankfully, I learned the error of my ways. Never make a special trip when you’ve got something else that will do already in your cupboards.
And never buy commercial pizza sauce. Ever.
Any tomato or pesto sauce works great on pizza. Any sauce really! I’ve used BBQ sauce and Pad Thai sauce on a Thai Chicken Pizza. so you can use pretty much anything.
No Cook Pizza Sauce
That said, it’s nice to have a traditional, Italian-herbed tomato sauce to spread on your pizza. You can simmer a cooked homemade pizza sauce or you can stir together this quick and easy, no cook pizza sauce.
It’s easy. It’s last minute. It saves the day.
What is the best pizza sauce?
The best pizza sauce is the one you like. Forget what others say. Suit yourself!
Find the right combination of spices and herbs and tomato and then bookmark that recipe so that you can have it on the regular.
What is pizza sauce made of?
Pizza sauce is simply a puree of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and Italian herbs.
I like to use Jamie’s Spice Mix for this sauce as it’s already packed with flavor. If you prefer, you can use a commercial spice blend, such as Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute.
How do you make no cook pizza sauce?
While simmered sauces should cool prior to spreading on the dough, this no cook pizza sauce comes together in minutes and is ready to use as soon as you set down the whisk.
To make this no cook pizza sauce, simply stir a few tablespoons of the spice blend 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. Use right away or chill until ready to use.
How long is pizza sauce good for?
Pizza sauce, like other prepared food, is good in the fridge for up to four days.
Can you freeze pizza sauce?
Pizza sauce freezes very well. Simply spoon the sauce into an airtight container or ziptop freezer bag. Label and freeze for up to 2 months.
Is it cheaper to make homemade pizza sauce?
We assume that making homemade will cost less money than buying it in a can. This is often, but not always the case. Let’s see how much the homemade sauce really costs, shall we?
This homemade no cook pizza sauce is made from some basic ingredients, ingredients that when bought at regular, non-sale prices break down as follows:
- tomato paste – $0.75/6 ounce can
- seasoning for custom blend – $0.25
This batch of sauce turns out to be $1.00 for 16 ounces. By comparison, commercial pizza sauce costs $2.19 for 14 ounces. Save money and control your ingredients with this no cook pizza sauce!
How to make this even more economical.
Here is the key strategy you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Shop in bulk. I buy tomato paste, olive oil, and spices in bulk from Costco. This is pretty much the cheapest way to go and makes this No Cook Pizza Sauce super affordable.
- Stock up when you see a sale. See a sale on tomato paste? Stock up, knowing that you’ll use it every week when you make pizza!
Tools I use to make this recipe easy:
This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment. However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe. You won’t need many!
- can opener – A good hand held one will do the job.
- whisk – Get one with a sealed barrel so you can’t throw it in the dishwasher.
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 thicker sauce, feel free to add less water and/or use less per pizza.
Last-Minute Pizza Sauce
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1 1/4 cup water less for a thicker sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp Jamie's Spice Mix
- 1 tbsp 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.
This post was originally published April 16, 2013. It has been updated for content and clarity.