Finding the best pizza sauce recipe can involve a lot of trial and error, but it's also a lot of fun—and colorful! A good sauce comes in red, green, and white, amongst others. Hey, aren't those the colors of the Italian flag?!
The perfect pizza sauce paired with a great pizza dough recipes can really make a homemade pizza out of this world. But don't think that pizza sauce has to be limited to the traditional tomato based sauce.
There are so many different types of sauces that can be used as a base for your pizza, but it’s easy to get into a rut of using the same old standbys (tomato sauce) for our homemade pies.
Of course, if that is your favorite, then by all means, stick to it! But if you’re looking to explore a little, try mixing your sauce up a bit (not literally, but figuratively)!
Different types of sauces are traditionally used for different types of pizzas.
For example, a Chicago deep dish pizza has a chunky tomato sauce (crushed Roma tomatoes is a common type of tomato) and lots of seasonings including garlic, basil and oregano.
Regular New York style pizza often have a sweeter tasting pizza sauce
(you typically add sugar to this sauce) which is moderately spread on a thin crust for easy folding.
California style pizza can be many things, but this type of pizza usually has a lighter sauce like an olive oil base that goes well with veggies.
White pizzas omit the tomatoes completely and typically use an Alfredo or white sauce, olive oil or even just mozzarella and
other cheeses as the base.
While you can see each type of pizza has its own style of sauce, there certainly is nothing keeping you for exploring a new sauce recipe or alternative for your homemade pizza recipe .
If you're baking or grilling a pizza at home, be creative and try a few different types of pizza sauces.
*Tip: Be sure your sauce will be a good match for your toppings. A broccoli topping may not be a good combination with a BBQ pizza sauce!
A flavored sauce of any kind can be a delicious sauce for your pie. Some other commonly used sauces for pizza include:
Olive oil and Garlic – this type of sauce would be great with lots of toppings including grilled chicken, red and green peppers,
basil leaves, spinach, slices of mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes (or any type of tomato) and onions.
Barbeque Sauce – BBQ sauce is a great pizza base when mixed with grilled chicken, beef and red onions.
Teriyaki sauce – oooh, this sauce makes my mouth water. Top this pizza sauce base off with chicken and pineapple rings.
Pesto Pizza Recipe – this sauce works great with chicken or with veggies like sliced tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts and red onion
Herb garlic and cheese spread – see how I used this on an asparagus pizza.
White pizza sauce – white sauce is yummy with sliced mozzarella or with peppers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and chicken.
Looking for a quick pizza sauce recipe that doesn't require much prep work? Grab a bottle of ranch style salad dressing or other prepared cream sauce
for a tasty pizza base.
Tip: Try not to overload your pizza crust with sauce, or you could have a very soggy pizza. A little can go a long way!
Pizza Sauce Recipes
Pizza Hut Sauce Recipe (okay, it may not be the exact sauce, but it's pretty close!)
This simple pizza sauce recipe is somewhat similar to that big national pizza chain (well, at least I think so).
Simple Pizza Sauce Recipe
Looking for a simple tomato-based sauce? Try this easy recipe.
White Pizza Sauce
White sauce is a great alternative to a tomato sauce. Try this easy recipe for your white pizza.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
This page features a slow-cooked pizza sauce made in the crock pot and a chunky pizza sauce recipe.