Pizza Sauce

CATEGORIES: Condiments, Italian, Kate, No-Cook, Pizza

This pizza sauce is a labor of love, a huge part of that labor is that it’s so easy! This is not your fancy-schmancy simmered-from-tomatoes-plucked-from-your-garden pizza  sauce. This is pizza sauce made from ingredients in your pantry that also happens to taste AMAZING and comes together in a matter of minutes!

pizza sauce from our best bites

I spent the early years of my marriage trying to perfect homemade pizza because we were v. poor and we also loved pizza. No matter what I did, it always came out a little doughy and underdone with a weird aftertaste and it would take me straight back to horrible flashbacks of homemade pizza made from a boxed mix when I was a kid. I guess I can get how people hate pizza, especially homemade pizza, if that’s all they’ve ever known.
After a LOT of experimentation, I finally got it right. The dough was a huge part of it, but the other huge thing was the sauce. (Here is a great tutorial on how to make great pizza at home in your oven without any special equipment, but if you’re feeling wild, try grilling it!)
You’re going to need a can of tomato paste, onion powder, red pepper flakes, some of our homemade garlic bread seasoning, a little sugar, and some water.
ingredients for pizza sauce from our best bites


Empty tomato paste into a bowl (a decent-sized cereal bowl will do the trick) and add the dry ingredients.

pizza sauce ingredients in bowl

Fill the can with warm water, add to the bowl,

adding water to pizza sauce

and whisk it all together! Allow to stand until ready to use.

pizza sauce from our best bites

This overs two average-sized pizza, freezes extremely well, and gets along great with children.

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homemade pizza sauce from our best bites


This easy pizza sauce is so delicious and comes together in just a few minutes from pantry staples!


1 6-ounce can tomato paste
6 ounces water (just use the empty tomato paste can)
3 tablespoons garlic bread seasoning
1/21 tablespoon sugar (start with 1 1/2 teaspoons and adjust sweetness from there)
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


Empty tomato paste into a bowl and add water a few tablespoons at a time, stirring constantly until combined. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and allow to stand until ready to use. Covers two average-sized pizza; freezes extremely well.



  1. One Food Guy-
    when I used to live by a Trader Joes I would buy their pizza dough a lot- love it! I also love sauceless pizza. I often do it sauceless when I cook it on the grill. It’s kind of ironic, because on oven pizza, I prefer extra sauce! Anyway, Yours looks delish 🙂

  2. SO-I made this sauce with your breadsticks and the garlic seasoning (even made some cinnamon-sugary) Very Good! Thanks for all the great recipes. Love it.

  3. I’ve been working on my homemade pizzas for the last few months. I’ve had great success with the pre-made dough and pizza sauce from Trader Joes. My best pizza was this past Friday night – sauceless. It was caramelized onions, arugula, fig and goat cheese with a drizzle of unfiltered olive oil…so good!

  4. Jen, you can use tomato sauce, you just need 12 ounces, which is a weird measurement for tomato sauce. Also, with the tomato paste, you can adjust the water if you need to–some people like it a little thicker and some people add a little more because they like it runnier.

    Anyway, let us know how it turns out! 🙂

  5. I think I’ll try the recipe, but I have a question. Why use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce? Here, I’ve been using sauce this whole time….

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