You've come to the right place if you are looking for a recipe for the best pizza sauce. This homemade pizza sauce without tomato paste is the most basic and easy sauce you'll ever make. Its fresh, bright flavour will have you convinced.
What's fantastic about this sauce is that it is a no-cook recipe, does not have tomato paste and is pretty close to the most authentic Italian pizza sauce recipe you'll ever find. This is the sauce I make when pizza night rolls around and I make my Easy Peasy Homemade Fluffy Pizza Dough or when I make my stromboli pizza.
Gather the Ingredients for the Homemade Pizza Sauce without Tomato Paste
- I love the Mutti brand tomatoes. I use Finely Chopped Tomatoes (Polpa) to make this pizza sauce. These tomatoes are cold crushed and pasteurized for 1 hour. The processing technique results in a fresh and bright taste that is not muddy or dull.
- If you can not find this brand, look for the word crushed on the labels of canned tomatoes to help you differentiate the very best variety to purchase when making this pizza sauce.
See the recipe below for quantities and details.
How to Make Pizza Sauce without Tomato Paste
Combine Ingredients. Simply add all of your prepared ingredients to a medium bowl and give the whole thing a good stir. I told you it was easy!
- Use one teaspoon of dried basil to replace the fresh basil if that is what you have handy.
- The pizza sauce can be refrigerated for three days and frozen for up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
The short answer is yes. Because I am using a high-quality tomato product there is no reason not to use this sauce over pasta. In fact, my marinara sauce is made in a similar fashion except I sauté onions and garlic, use dried basil and omit the oregano. Simmered for 30 minutes and you have virtually an identical sauce.
As mentioned above not a whole lot is different in my books. Pizza sauce does have the distinct flavour of oregano that makes pizza sauce, pizza sauce. But in a bind, both sauces can be used interchangeably.
At the moment I have yet to find a San Marzano tomato product that lives up to the flavour of the Mutti tomatoes. In my experience, San Marzano tomatoes are overhyped and I have experimented with a few brands. Not only will San Marzano tomatoes cost you roughly double the price of another suitable type of tomato for this sauce, but the texture will also be rather thin and watery. Save your money and put it towards a nice bottle of wine instead 🙂
This recipe will yield enough sauce to make two 9-inch by 13-inch pizzas or two 12-inch round pizzas. I use the entire 2-and-a-half cups of sauce when making my pizza dough recipe using the above-mentioned pan sizes. But use however much sauce you like on each pizza.
Secrets for Success
- If you are using a good quality tomato product there is no need to add sugar to the recipe as many recipes call for. Adding sugar would not be very authentic either in my opinion. Another win for this sauce as it has no added sugar!
- Make sure the pizza sauce is at room temperature before using it on pizza dough. The cold sauce will shock the freshly risen dough and potentially interfere with the fluffy rise when baking.
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Homemade Pizza Sauce without Tomato Paste
- bowl, medium size
- measuring spoons
- 1 28-ounce can (796 millilitres) Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes, or equivalent
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3 fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Simply add all of your prepared ingredients to a medium bowl and give the whole thing a good stir. I told you it was easy!1 28-ounce can (796 millilitres) Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 3 fresh basil leaves, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil