This simple oil-free vegan pizza sauce recipe makes homemade pizza night a breeze. In 5 minutes, with ingredients straight from the panty. No chopping or mincing. All you need to do is mix the ingredients - no cooking is required!
I love making homemade pizza loaded with veggies, fresh basil, and meaty tofu sausage crumbles or sheet-pan tofu bacon. But the sauce was always an afterthought. Or I got elaborate pureeing canned tomatoes in the food processor, only to ruin my sweet potato pizza crust with watery sauce. Guess what? I solved that problem in the simplest of ways.
This easy recipe is a return to basic ingredients. Tomato paste and tomato sauce plus seasoning. No canned tomatoes (too thin). No fresh tomatoes that have to be reduced. No need for olive oil to weigh things down. And I borrowed my balsamic vinegar twist from my quick arrabbiata sauce for a flavorful pizza sauce you can depend on.
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⭐ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- There's no soggy pizza dough with this thick and delicious sauce with the perfect consistency.
- This easy recipe makes enough for 2 large pizzas, and it's freezer-friendly, so there's no waste.
- Perfect for toasted pita pocket pizzas or spreading over toasted bread with veggies and a dollop of vegan ricotta cheese.
- Add this yummy homemade pizza sauce over baked quinoa crust to make a gluten-free meal.
📋 Recipe Ingredients
Tomato paste. Use a good quality tomato paste (tomato puree) with no added sugar or other flavorings. I like the tube variety because I don't have to worry about ending up with an opened can that gets shoved to the back of the fridge and is forgotten the next time I make marinara sauce or Instant Pot Bolognese.
Tomato sauce. Use unsweetened, unflavored tomato sauce. I used a basic store variety and my own seasonings to make a flavorful sauce under my control.
Balsamic vinegar. I used to use red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (good substitutes), but balsamic has less bite, and a sweet, rich flavor balances the acidity of the tomatoes.
Cayenne pepper. You can make this optional or add a little black pepper if you don't want too much spice. Red chili or pepper flakes are a quick option. For a smoky sauce, use smoked paprika.
Please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions.
📖 Recipe Variations
- The great thing about making your own sauce is adding what you like. Besides spices, add fresh herbs like basil, oregano, or rosemary. If you don't want to chop them, use an immersion blender.
- I used a little umami trick with my last homemade pizza and whisked hemp seed vegan parmesan into the sauce. Add a tablespoon or more nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
⏲️ Step-by-Step Instructions
Step 1: Mix the tomato paste, sauce, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.
Step 2: Stir in the remaining spices. Taste and adjust.
🥣 Pro Tips
Vigorously stir or whisk the tomato paste. I do this before adding the spices to see that it's thoroughly mixed.
Denise's Tip: Remember, you can always add spices or flavorings. If you are unsure, start with half, stir, taste, and adjust.
Homemade Pizza Pro Tips
- No matter what kind of pizza you make or crusts from whole wheat to cauliflower, I've found the best results using a few simple rules:
- Pre-bake the pizza crust (if it's homemade).
- Preheat the oven and warm the pizza stone or pan before baking the crust and pizza.
- Add the sauce and toppings right before baking.
🍴 Serving Suggestions
What's the best part about this easy homemade pizza sauce? The pizza, of course! I probably don't need to tell you what to add, like mushrooms, red onion, bell peppers, black olives, or artichokes (a few of my favorite toppings). Plus, pizza is such a great way to use leftover veggies. There is no limit to the combinations you and your family can make!
And yes, vegan pizza is delicious, satisfying, and fun to make. No holding back - make your best pizza with this easy, healthy sauce as often as you like.
💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Stove leftover pizza sauce in an airtight container for 5 days in the fridge or freeze it for 3 months. Let it warm to room temperature and stir it before adding it to the pizza. Thaw it in the refrigerator or add the container to a bowl of warm water to speed things up.
If pizza sauce is too thin for your preference, the best option is to add more tomato paste. Simmering over medium or low heat reduces the sauce and is useful if you have frozen your own pizza sauce and it collects additional water.
Make Italian seasoning by combining 1 tablespoon of oregano, 2 teaspoons each of basil and thyme, 1 teaspoon of sage, ½ teaspoon of rosemary, and ½ teaspoon of savory (optional). You can also substitute with herbs de Province.
Glad you asked. For a Mexican pizza sauce, replace the Italian seasoning with a tablespoon of oregano, ½ a teaspoon of cumin, ½ a teaspoon of ground coriander, ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika. Additional spices include cacao powder and a pinch of cinnamon.
🍕 More Vegan Pizza Ideas
Simple Oil-Free Vegan Pizza Sauce Recipe
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- ¾ cup tomato paste - tomato puree (6 ounces/170 grams)
- 2 cups tomato sauce - 16 ounces/500 grams
- 2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Whisk the tomato paste, tomato sauce, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
- Taste and adjust the ingredients as desired.
- Makes 2 ¾ cups – enough for 2 large pizzas (see notes to cut this recipe in half).
- Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
- In my pizza-making experience, it's best to start with a pre-baked pizza crust and a hot pizza pan or stone so the middle of the pizza cooks evenly.
- If you make the sauce ahead and set it aside, give it a quick stir before adding it to the pizza.
- Add the sauce and topping right before baking the pizza in the oven.Adjust the spiciness by adding more cayenne pepper, red chili flakes, smoked paprika, or a dash of sriracha or another hot sauce.
- To cut this recipe in half, use ⅓ + 2 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 cup of tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.