This Low Sodium No Cook Pizza uses real ingredients like whole tomatoes and simple Italian spices and is made in just 5 minutes - no cooking involved. Skip the store-bought versions - this simple homemade pizza sauce will soon become your go-to for delicious at-home pizza.
Our family is originally from Chicago, so it’s safe to say that we’ve become connoisseurs of good pizza. In our opinion, two things really make a pizza: the crust, and, of course, the sauce.
We love to make our own pizza, but typically are not huge fans of store-bought pizza sauce, which always tastes too sweet to us and is loaded with extra salt.
What’s a girl to do? Make her own of course! It's a no-brainer when the recipe is this easy! (It only takes about 5 minutes and there's absolutely no cooking involved!)
Why Make Homemade Pizza Sauce?
It may seem like making your own pizza sauce is unnecessary, but there are so many reasons to make your own. And once you see how easy it is, you'll never want to buy it again! Here are some reasons this recipe works:
- Easy. This pizza sauce recipe is super easy and quick to make and requires no cooking at all before you slather it atop your crust. It will be ready to use in just 5 minutes!
- Healthier. Another plus? You monitor the amount of sugar and sodium you add to the sauce (most store-bought pizza sauces have way too much). Case in point: the recipe below has only 1 teaspoon of sugar, and no added salt!
If you don't want the sugar, it's ok to omit it. I think it does help balance the flavors of the tomatoes and herbs, but you could totally make this paleo or Whole 30 approved if you cut it out. No biggie.
- Customizable. Making your own sauce also allows you to really customize your pizza flavors. Make it as spicy or mild as you want, or add in different herbs, veggies oils for a truly unique sauce!
You'll need just a few basics for this recipe, but you probably already have most of these in your pantry! Here's what you'll need:
- Canned, whole, peeled tomatoes. You could use tomato sauce here in a pinch, but I love the taste and texture of the whole, peeled tomatoes, blended with the other ingredients.
- Dried herbs. Italian herbs help to season this sauce. I used oregano and basil.
- Minced garlic. I like the taste of fresh minced garlic and love that it doesn't add any sodium like garlic salt does, but you can also substitute fresh with garlic salt of garlic powder. (Just watch the sodium if you're using garlic salt.)
- Olive oil. A little bit of olive oil lends a nice taste to this sauce.
- Sugar. You don't have to use the sugar here, but I find that just a touch sweetens the sauce enough that it creates a nice balance to the herbs and spices.
- Tomato paste. Tomato paste helps to thicken the sauce up so it's not a runny mess on your pizza.
How To Make This Low Sodium No Cook Pizza Sauce
So, how do you make homemade pizza sauce? It’s soooo easy! Here's what you do:
- Add to blender. Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor. I use my Vita-mix.
- Pulse. Pulse the ingredients for a minute or two until the sauce has a spreadable, consistency. Careful not to over mix or make the sauce too thin!
- Use or refrigerate! After a couple of minutes you'll have an amazing sauce that will work for pretty much any pizza recipe that uses a tomato-based sauce.
See - I told you it was easy!
This pizza sauce will keep in the fridge for about a week, stored in an airtight container.
Yes! In fact, this is a huge time saver for busy nights, or for when you just want to make Friday Pizza Night a little less hectic and more relaxing!
Yes you can! If you’re not going to use it right away, you can also freeze pizza sauce. You can freeze pizza sauce in a plastic Ziplock bag of course, but another simple way to do this is to freeze it in small silicone muffin trays. Then you can just pop out the cubes, throw them in a bag, and remove the number of cubes you want when you want to use them. Easy peasy.
Some have asked if it’s possible to substitute marinara sauce for pizza sauce. Don’t you even think of it. Pizza sauce and marinara sauce are NOT the same: pizza sauce is often thicker, less watery, and quite frankly, simpler to make. It uses simple ingredients and serves as a thick, spreadable base for your toppings.
If you use substitute pasta sauce for pizza sauce, your toppings base would end up a little watery, your crust might be a bit soggy, and the taste wouldn’t be as bold. Just don’t do it. Once you see how simple and delicious this recipe is, it won’t even be a thought in your mind.
Try this Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe on your next pizza night. I promise you it won’t take you more than a few minutes to throw together. And, it's so much better than the store-bought stuff! And if you do try it, be sure to tag me on Instagram!
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Low Sodium No Cook Pizza Sauce
- 28 ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 ½ tablespoon dried basil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar 1
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare all ingredients for the sauce and add them to a blender or food processor
- Process ingredients until sauce is smooth and has no remaining large chunks of tomato.
- If using for pizza, add to crust as is and bake pizza according to your recipe. If using as a dipping sauce, warm over low heat for 10 minutes to soften and blend the flavors of the sauce. Stir frequently to avoid burning the pizza sauce on the bottom of the pan.
- Sauce may be stored in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks, or may be frozen for up to 3 months.