All you need is a bowl, a spoon, five simple ingredients, and 5 minutes to make the best No Cook Pizza Sauce you’ve ever tasted. Plus, it has no unnecessary additives or preservatives, just a fresh, garlicky, and delicious flavor.

Homemade pizza sauce in a jar on a white and red checkered towel with basil in the background.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Sure, pizza is always good. Whether it’s frozen pizza, pizza bagels, or pizza pasta, it doesn’t matter. Combine carbs, tomato sauce, and mozzarella, and I’m happy. But there is a difference between good pizza and great pizza. 

To make great pizza, you must start with great sauce. If the sauce doesn’t make your mouth water, then what’s the point?

With this recipe, you can whip up the best pizza sauce you’ve ever tasted in 5 minutes with only 5 simple ingredients. This recipe hits just the perfect ratio of tangy and sweet. So, it’s infinitely versatile and compliments almost any pizza dish you can dream up. 

Of course, you can use this sauce as the base for classic combinations like Neopolitan Pizza, Grilled, or Air Fryed Margherita Pizza. Or, you could use it as a dipping sauce with Homemade Mozzarella Sticks or Garlic Knots. However you use it, after tasting this No Cook Pizza Sauce, you’ll never use store-bought sauce again. 

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How To Make Pizza Sauce

  1. Mix it up. Seriously, all you have to do is toss the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir them together until everything is evenly incorporated. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
  2. Save it for later. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or, freeze it in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag for up to 2 months. Then, let the frozen sauce thaw in the fridge overnight before you use it. 
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Pizza Sauce Flavor Variations

This pizza sauce is irresistible as-is with its bright, garlicky, and tangy flavor. But you can absolutely use this as a base to make your wildest pizza dreams come true. Try incorporating these flavor variations into the sauce for an exciting twist on a classic.

  • Red Chili Flakes – Add a dash or a few teaspoons depending on how much of a kick you’re going for.
  • Olive Tapenade – For added salty, briny, and umami flavor.
  • Pizza Seasoning Mix it in, or sprinkle it on top; this blend of dried herbs and spices will add an instant burst of Italian flavor.
  • Romano Cheese & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper – We aren’t reinventing the wheel here. But these punchy flavors are often paired with pizza sauce for a reason.
  • Pesto – Basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and parmesan added to tomatoes, garlic, and dried herbs are a match made in pizza heaven.
  • Anchovies – I’m sure you’ve heard of anchovies on pizza. But if those little slivers of fish intimidate you, try melting them into a paste in a saucepan on the stove before mixing them into the sauce. The anchovies add tons of umami flavor to create a downright addicting pizza sauce.
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Pizza Sauce Tips & Tricks

  • If you store the sauce in a plastic container, it could stain it! So, a glass jar with a lid is ideal. Use a Mason Jar, or give new life to an old store-bought sauce jar by washing it out and reusing it for this (tastier) pizza sauce.
  • If you want to make a large batch of sauce and keep it for a while, you can use a water bath canning method to can the sauce. The highly acidic tomatoes will help preserve the freshness, and you’ll be able to store the sauce in the pantry instead of in cold storage.
  • If you don’t have any fresh herbs on hand, you can use dried ones instead. Substitute every tablespoon of fresh herbs listed in the recipe with 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.
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Serving Suggestions for Pizza Sauce

Anytime you make a pizza-inspired dish or one with tomato sauce, you can use this pizza sauce. Spread it, mix it in, and use it to dip; the possibilities are endless. 

If you want to make a classic homemade pizza, try this Never-Fail Thin Crust Pizza Dough. Or, if you want a healthier alternative, make some fresh Whole Wheat Pizza Dough or Cauliflower Pizza Crust

It’s awesome if you have a coal-fired oven to cook your pizza in; consider me jealous. But for those of us who don’t, I love Cast Iron Skillet Pizza. I can bake it in a regular oven and enjoy a fluffy, deep-dish finish. I promise there will be no crumbs left behind! 

Don’t box yourself into the typical pizza crust, either. It’s just as easy (if not easier) to make French Bread Pizza, English Muffin Pizzas, or Zucchini Pizza Boats. (That last one is gluten-free AND low-carb!)

For game day, potlucks, or any other gathering, I love making Pepperoni Pizza Dip. It’s a crowd-pleaser, so you’ll only have to tote home an empty dish. No leftovers here!

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Get the Recipe: Best Pizza Sauce Recipe

This No Cook Pizza Sauce is the easiest thing ever to make. 
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  • 12 ounce can low-sodium tomato paste
  • 6 ounces water
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • 1 bowl


  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Sauce can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.


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Serving: 0g, Calories: 79kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 225mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 365IU, Vitamin C: 5.2mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.9mg