Skip the jarred sauce for this No Cook Pizza Sauce instead! There’s no cooking or sauteeing involved here. Instead, the easy ingredients are simply stirred together, then ready to be enjoyed on a homemade pizza.
Forget everything you know about bland and boring store-bought pizza sauce because this No Cook Pizza Sauce is so much better. There’s no chopping, sauteeing, cooking, or blending involved. Just stir the ingredients together and you’re done!
This 5-minute recipe features the simplest of ingredients: pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, and herbs and seasonings for flavor. Add in some sugar for balance if you want or leave it out! You’ll be surprised at just how flexible this vegan pizza sauce recipe really is.
The herbaceous, sweet, and acidic flavors pair so well with fluffy homemade pizza dough and always make the bites of vegan mozzarella and pepperoni that much better. It’s all you need for an unforgettable make-your-own-pizza night!
Pasta sauce vs. pizza sauce
Pasta sauce cannot be switched for pizza sauce. Why? Because pasta sauce is cooked and contains salt, sugar, seasonings, and flavor. Instead, save the bolognese sauce or spaghetti sauce for a big bowl of pasta.
Pizza sauce, however, is not cooked and is made from pureed tomatoes. This makes it easy to start and flavor the sauce from scratch. Pizza sauce also has a thin and light consistency as it isn’t meant to be the star of the show (that’s what your pizza dough and toppings are for!).
- Canned tomato sauce - Use high quality tomato sauce (not plain) if you can. The better the quality, the better your sauce will taste. In a pinch San Marzano tomato sauce is also always a great choice if it’s available where you live.
- Tomato paste - This will thicken the sauce and deepen the red color. You can adjust the amount you use depending on if you like your pizza sauce to be thick or thin. Don’t use too much or the sauce will be too sweet and acidic.
- Herbs and seasonings - We’re keeping it simple here. Dried oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, onion salt and optional ground fennel (I love it!!) are all you need.
- Sugar - This is optional. The sweetness can help balance the other flavors and help everything pop but you can skip it if you’re looking for a sugar free pizza sauce.
How to make no cook pizza sauce
Homemade pizza sauce doesn’t get much easier than this. Here’s how to make it:
- Stir everything together: Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined.
- Use right away or store it for later: Either spread the sauce on your pizza dough right away or keep it in a container in the fridge or freezer to use later on.
Tips for success
- Feel free to make the sauce ahead of time or even 3 to 4 hours ahead of assembling the pizza. The flavors in the sauce only get better as time goes on as it gives all of the ingredients a chance to mingle. and it will also thicken a little.
- Do you like thick pizza sauce? Use the full amount of tomato paste plus 1 or 2 extra tablespoons or until you achieve the desired consistency.
- If you prefer a thin, Italian-style pizza sauce, omit the tomato paste.
- Make a spicy pizza sauce by stirring in a pinch of red chili flakes or chili oil.
- Add more dried herbs and seasonings to the sauce, such as rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper, vegan parmesan cheese, or onion powder.
Make ahead, storing, and freezing
Make ahead and storing: Stir the sauce together up to 1 week ahead of use and keep it in the fridge. The cold does thicken the sauce, so be sure to let it come down to room temperature before using it on your pizza.
To freeze: Pour the pizza sauce into an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. Once the sauce cubes are frozen solid, transfer them to an airtight container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Let them thaw before use, then enjoy!
Looking for more homemade vegan sauces?
- Vegan Burger Sauce
- Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
- The Best Peanut Sauce
- 10-Minute Vegan Tzatziki
- Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce
Enjoy everyone! Happy Day! Please feel free to comment below and give this recipe a rating. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!Print