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This pizza sauce recipe uses tomato paste as a base and is seasoned with simple ingredients for an extremely flavorful red sauce that requires no cooking, just dump and mix. Keep reading if you’re looking for an awesome pizza sauce recipe that’s made with tomato paste.
We love pizza. I mean, who doesn’t? There’s something about how it all comes together with the crust, the sauce, and the toppings. The flavor combinations are endless and it always seems to hit the spot.
In every stage of my life pizza has had a place. The crust has changed through the years…wheat crust, white wheat crust, sourdough crust, cauliflower crust, and even almond flour crust. The crust might change, but the sauce stays the same.
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The sauce is the most important part of a pizza
We’re pretty big red sauce people. And we love it. Pizza doesn’t quite feel like pizza if there’s no red sauce. Maybe it should be called something else. Like “flatbread with toppings”.
I think the crust is extremely important in pizza. It’s holds the pizza together. It determines the texture. But the sauce is the base of the flavor. So it HAS to be good.
- Tomato paste (organic if possible, with only one ingredient – like this kind)
- Salt – we love this kind because it’s not stripped of nutrients.
- Dried oregano and dried thyme (can also substitute Italian seasoning for these two)
- Garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
- Olive oil – use good quality olive oil like this kind.
- White vinegar
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Do I have to use tomato paste?
Tomato paste is just tomatoes pureed and cooked down. We use tomato paste in this pizza sauce recipe (and in most tomato recipes) for a few reasons.
- It creates an incredibly rich tomato flavor.
- Tomato paste (typically) only has one ingredient: tomatoes. Which means no preservatives, or added sugars and salts.
- It’s really thick. You can water it down a bit if you want, but for a good pizza sauce, it’s great thick.
If you only have tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, you could use those. But I would recommend you cook them down a bit. Otherwise, the sauce would be too wet. Soggy pizza is definitely not ideal.
If you’re trying to start from fresh tomatoes, I highly recommend slow roasting them to get as much flavor and sweetness out of them as possible. Here’s a recipe for how to slow roast tomatoes.
Simple, wholesome ingredients are the key to making delicious and healthy food at home (who’s with me?).
What’s the difference between pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce?
Spaghetti sauce is usually thinner and often has cooked onions in it. If you’re in a pinch you could substitute spaghetti sauce on your pizza, but I’d recommend boiling the sauce for a while to get it a little thicker.
If you put watery sauce on a pizza, the crust will get soggy. I’m definitely not a fan of soggy pizza!!!! Also, pay attention to the ingredients in the spaghetti sauce you’re using.
Sugar free pizza sauce
Some pizza sauce recipes use sugar to sweeten it up. In my opinion though, the tomato paste is already so sweet, there’s no sugar needed. Try it out and see what you think.
Tired of added sugar in your store-bought sauces? Check these recipes out and you’ll never need to buy sauce from the store again!
Making Double or Triple batch?
Making pizza for a crowd? No problem. This pizza sauce recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
As is, this recipe will make plenty of sauce for a 10″ pizza. If you’ve already put the sauce on thick and you have extra, save it to dip your crust in. Yumm.
See the FAQ section below for tips on freezing leftover sauce.
How to Freeze the Leftover Pizza Sauce?
Yes! Please do. You could easily make up a big batch and freeze it in smaller containers so you have pizza sauce on hand when you need it. I like using these wide mouth mason jars. A trick I’ve found to freezing food in mason jars is to leave the lid a little loose so the pressure doesn’t cause them to crack. Then once it’s frozen you can go tighten the lid more.
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How to make homemade pizza sauce with tomato paste?
Oh it’s so easy. Just follow these steps:
- Add all the ingredients to the bowl
- Stir to combine.
Done! Yes, it’s really that easy! If you don’t believe me, just watch the video here!
Yes! You get a thick and rich sauce. I highly recommend it!
Follow this recipe. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. It’s really that easy!
Yes! I like using these wide mouth mason jars. A trick I’ve found to freezing food in mason jars is to leave the lid a little loose so the pressure doesn’t cause them to crack. Then once it’s frozen you can go tighten the lid more.
Spaghetti sauce is usually thinner and often has cooked onions in it. I recommend boiling the sauce for a while to get it a little thicker so you don’t have soggy pizza.
What else do I need?
Now that you have the sauce covered…you definitely need a pizza crust recipe. Here’s a tasty recipe for almond flour pizza crust, and here’s a coconut flour pizza crust recipe that you’ll LOVE.
And for dessert, dish up some of this 3 Ingredient Avocado Chocolate Pudding. You won’t be disappointed.
AND…if you just bought a bunch of tomato paste and want to know how else you can use it…check out this DIY ketchup recipe.
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- 12 oz tomato paste (organic if possible)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 4 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Put it on your pizza with your other toppings and bake.
If you'd rather a thinner sauce, add water 1 Tbsp at a time until it reaches your desired thickness
This recipe makes enough for a thick sauce layer on a 10" pizza. If you have extra, save it for dipping your crust in.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g