Yesterday, I gave you 10 easy items to make for a food swap, and divulged that one of the items I was making for tonight is caramelized onions. In addition to that, I'm taking jars of taco seasoning mix, but I wanted to bring one more thing.

My whole family loves the Exquisite Pizza Sauce from with the few minor changes I make to it, so I thought that would be something great to whip up for tonight, too. And, of course, I need to share the recipe with all of you.

When we make homemade pizza, I usually use the pizza dough recipe from Simply Recipes. It turns out well every time. We top it with this pizza sauce and whatever else happens to be in the refrigerator at the time — cheese, vegetables, left over chicken. It’s great for using up odds and ends.

Homemade Pizza Sauce


  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 6 fluid ounces warm water (Just fill the empty tomato paste can)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (jarred garlic works just fine)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Time estimates

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well combined.
  2. Allow to sit for at least a half hour for flavors to blend. Refrigerate if it will be sitting for more than 30 minutes.
  3. Use anywhere you would use pizza sauce.

My notes

  • The original recipe called for 3 times the amount of honey I used, but I cut it considerably because it was too sweet for my family’s taste.
  • It also called for 1 teaspoon anchovy paste. I may try that sometime, but since I don’t keep it around the house, I left it out. Leaving it out also makes this vegetarian.
  • Double or triple (or more this recipe) and freeze some for future use.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Try this Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe
This no-cook pizza sauce is easy to make and puts those spices on your spice rack to excellent use.