An easy vegan Pizza Sauce recipe that's ready in 5 minutes... with no refined sugar and no cooking required! It's irresistibly tasty with aromatic herbs infused in a rich tomato sauce. Healthy and delicious! (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and naturally sweetened.)
This homemade pizza sauce is so easy to make in only 5 minutes with no cooking required!
You'll be amazed at how much more fresh and flavorful it is compared to store-bought varieties.
It's an easy way to elevate your homemade pizzas. Plus it allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavors just the way you like them.
This classic red sauce is smooth, creamy, richly flavorful, and deliciously herby. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Ingredients For Vegan Pizza Sauce
For this recipe you'll blend together:
- Tomato sauce: We'll use one 15-ounce can plain tomato sauce (tomato purée) for this recipe. I purchase organic when possible. This recipe is very simple, so the quality of ingredients is important for best flavor.
- Tomato paste: Just a couple tablespoons helps thicken the mixture and adds rich tomato flavor.
- Pure maple syrup: I use one teaspoon to balance the flavors, but feel free to add more for a slightly sweeter sauce. Or substitute your own favorite sweetener like agave nectar, vegan honey, etc.
- Dried oregano: Be sure your pantry spices are fresh (not expired) for best flavor.
- Dried basil
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salt: I use fine grain salt for this recipe. You can also add black pepper to taste. The amount of salt you add will depend on your individual taste and how much is added with the canned tomato sauce.
Blender: I highly recommend using a small blender to make the pizza sauce. This allows the herbs to break down and fully incorporate into the sauce. I use a small NutriBullet for sauces and dressings which works great. (Not sponsored, just enjoy!)
No blender: If you don't have one, no problem. Simply whisk everything together in a small bowl until combined. It will still taste great.
Make it spicy: Add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to taste for a spicy version.
Herbs: Change up the herbs as you see fit. Use more or less of the ones listed, or include other flavors like marjoram, thyme, fennel, paprika, fresh basil, Italian seasoning, etc.
Other flavors: A splash of red wine vinegar can also add a little tanginess. Or if you enjoy garlic, add a fresh minced garlic clove.
Pizzas: Simply spoon it on your pizza dough then top with dairy-free cheese, nutritional yeast, veggies, or whatever your heart desires. (I'd love to hear your favorite vegan pizza combinations!)
Other uses: Not only is this great on pizza crust, but you can enjoy it with calzones, French bread pizza, pasta, baked potatoes, or as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or garlic bread.
Make ahead: It's also a great recipe to make ahead of time because it keeps very well. Letting it chill in the fridge also allows the flavors to blend and intensify even more.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed glass mason jar or other airtight container. I find it keeps for about 1-2 weeks, but use your best judgement.
Freezing: I haven't tried freezing this sauce, but I'm guessing it would store well in the freezer for 2-3 months.
For more inspiration, also browse all vegan sauce & seasoning recipes.
5-Minute Pizza Sauce (Vegan, Oil-Free!)
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt (or up to 1/2 tsp.)
- Place all ingredients in a small high-speed blender. (I use a NutriBullet.) Blend for 20 seconds until smooth. (If you don't have a small blender, simply whisk together in a bowl.)
- Taste and adjust flavors and seasoning if desired.
- Use immediately or store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
Sodium: This is omitted as I cannot provide an accurate number. I encourage you to calculate your own to provide a much more precise reading based on the exact ingredients, brands, and amounts you're using.
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