5 Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipes
When it comes to preparing a winning homemade pizza, it’s the sauce that often means the difference between bland and grand. Homemade pizza sauces are the perfect way to make your pizza stand out from the crowd. Still, no single sauce is going to suit the varied tastes and dietary preferences of friends and family members. And so, for your dining pleasure, here are 5 great homemade pizza sauces, pulled from around the web, that should please just about every pizza-loving palate.
1. Thick Vegan Pizza Sauce
This sauce recipe comes compliments of Veronica Grace at Onegreenplanet.org.
1 can tomato paste
6 tbsp water with ½ tsp Better Than Bouillon Vegetable base OR 6 tbsp water mixed with ½ cube bouillon
1 tbsp liquid sweetener (agave, brown rice syrup)
¾ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp freeze dried garlic or garlic powder
2 twists of ground black pepper
dash of smoked paprika
dash of salt (optional)
sprinkle of chili flakes (optional)
- Open the can of tomato paste and pour into a bowl.
- Add all of the ingredients to the paste in the bowl and stir to combine.
- Taste test and add additional seasonings if desired.
- Spread sauce over pizza crust leaving a small margin around the edge for the cooked crust.
- For extra flavor add any or all of the following: sautéed baby portobello mushrooms, onions, frozen pineapple, kalamata olives and fresh garlic.
This thick, oil-free, fat-free vegan sauce is the perfect compliment to a low-fat, healthy pizza crust.
2. Donatelli’s Meat Sauce Recipe
Found on Foodnetwork.com and featured on the “Traditional Dishes” episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, this hefty sauce—courtesy of Trish Appleby, owner at Donatelli’s in White Bear Lake, MN—is sure to bring a smile to meat-lovers everywhere.
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
⅛ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup diced onions
1 large (29 oz) can tomato puree
2 cans (12 oz) tomato paste
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp beef base
1 tbsp chicken base
½ cup grated Parmesan
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chopped parsley leaves
- Brown the ground beef with minced garlic and add salt and pepper to taste. Drain the ground beef and set aside.
- Pour oil in saucepan, add onions and sauté on high heat until soft. Add all cans of tomato products into saucepan. Fill empty tomato puree can with hot water and stir in beef and chicken base until dissolved. Add water/base mixture to saucepan, followed by all other ingredients, and heat through. Once hot, add browned ground beef and simmer on low for 1 hour while stirring occasionally. Spread meat sauce over homemade pizza crust, sprinkle liberally with your choice of cheeses and bake according to crust instructions.
While this meat sauce recipe is specified for pasta, it doubles as a killer pizza sauce as well—especially when that pizza is loaded down with meat.
3. Paleo Pizza Sauce
For pizza lovers who are into Paleo diets, this low-carb gluten-free pizza sauce, compliments of Peaceloveandlowcarb.com, should really hit the spot.
8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried parsley
½ tsp minced onion flakes
½ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Once you taste this great homemade pizza sauce you’ll find that it hard to ever go back to store bought sauces in a jar. Plus, with a homemade sauce you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.
4. Pesto Sauce (For Pizza Especially)
This sauce is, “a nice change from normal tomato-based pizza sauce,” says the contributor of this delicious pesto pizza sauce recipe on Food.com.
2 cups fresh basil
1 cup fresh Italian parsley
½ cup Parmesan cheese or ½ cup grated Romano cheese
½ cup toasted pine nuts
4 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
½ cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Puree until mixture is the consistency of a smooth, thick paste
- Top off your pesto pizza with some sliced crimini mushrooms, reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives, and shaved Parmesan cheese and you’re good to go.
Who says that pizza sauce has to be tomato-based? This pesto pizza sauce manages to offer something new while still hitting all of the criteria of what make pizza sauce great.
5. White Pizza Sauce
For lovers of pizza who want to occasionally change things up, here is a delicious alternative to a red sauce by Nick, as found on Macheesmo.com.
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 large shallots (minced)
4 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream (warm)
½ tsp fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
- Place minced shallots with butter in large saucepan and cook over low heat until soft, being careful not to brown the shallots.
- Add in garlic and cook for a few seconds.
- Add approximately 1 tbsp of flour and stir in until sauce thickens.
- Once flour has cooked into the shallot and butter for 1-2 minutes, slowly stir in the cream. This works best if the cream is warm or at least at room-temperature. Be sure to drizzle the cream slowly, and constantly stir or whisk to prevent lumps from forming.
- Once all the cream is stirred in, let sauce simmer for a few minutes until it thickens to the consistency of a light gravy.
- Season the sauce with a pinch of salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.
- When sauce has cooled to room temperature, sauce your pizza dough.