This no-cook pizza sauce is so easy to make and gives you a great and flavorful pizza sauce you can make in less than 5 minutes, without the additives. It’s easy to scale up too.
Every Friday is pizza night in my house, which means we are grilling pizzas a lot. And when it comes to ingredients, we like to make our own homemade doughs and sauces. It’s just easier that way and we can control the ingredients. This sauce was taught to me by a good friend around 10 years ago, and is the sauce I always make in a pinch when I don’t have any prepared sauce.
This no-bake homemade pizza sauce comes together in less than 5 minutes, from beginning to end, and can easily be modified based on your flavor preference.
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No Cook Pizza Sauce Ingredients
When it comes to making great homemade pizza, the sauce is almost as important as a scratch dough. And pizza sauce isn’t as simple as throwing some canned marinara sauce on. It needs to be a certain consistency, so that the moisture doesn’t make the dough soggy, and have some sweetness to it. These ingredients also had some herbal notes mimicking the classic sauce flavors you will find in your favorite pizza joint. You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand, so no shopping needed!
- Canned Tomatoes – We prefer canned whole or diced tomatoes, but be sure you drain out the excess liquid before putting into the food processor. You don’t want the extra moisture. Drain them good.
- Tomato Paste – Helps thicken the sauce and adds some sweetness.
- Herbs and Spices – Dried oregano, dried basil, dried garlic powder, dried fennel, and dried red chili pepper flakes bring flavor and a touch of heat.
- Olive Oil – Helps with the viscosity of the sauce rather than using water.
- Kosher Salt – Helps bring together a savory flavor to sauce.
- Honey – Honey adds a natural sweetness and thickener.
See recipe card for quantities.
The first step is to grind down the fennel with the other dried ingredients in a food processor. This breaks up the fennel so you don’t get big chunks. If you don’t mind the fennel pieces then you can skip this step.
After that you combine the remainder of the ingredients and pulse until all combined.
How much sauce per pizza? Plan on ¼ – ⅓ cup of sauce per 10- 12-inch pizza.
- Spicy – add more chili pepper flakes
- Sweet – add sugar, but as you add sugar, balance with some acid or other flavor
- Herbal – Double the portions on the oregano
This pizza sauce makes for a great dip as well like with our arancini recipe or any mozzarella sticks.
It is easiest to use a good food processor to break down the spices and the sauce. Alternatively you can use a good blender.
Store the no bake pizza sauce in a 16-ounce mason jar and store in the refrigerator. It will keep 5 to 7 days in case you want to make ahead.
More Recipes for Pizza Night
- Single Pizza Dough Recipe
- Easy Pizza Dough Recipe (yields 3 dough balls)
- Classic Margherita Pizza Recipe
- Grilled Pizza on a Big Green Egg
- Pellet Grill Pizza
- Grilled Pear and Prosciutto Flat Bread
- Smoked Brisket Pizza
- BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Smoked Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Homemade No Cook Pizza Sauce Recipe
- 15 ounce can diced or whole tomatoes, drained of excess liquid (1 can)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fennel seed
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
- Grind down the fennel with the other dried ingredients in a food processor. This breaks up the fennel so you don't get big chunks. Then add the remainder of the ingredients and pulse to combine.
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired.