Sunday, December 27, 2009

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Pizza! Yay! Today I am sharing my recipe for homemade pizza sauce. And do you know what that means? Yes, a gluten-free pizza crust recipe to come soon!

This sauce is so easy to make. I use a 7-ounce glass jar of Bionaturae organic tomato paste to start. Then I mix in olive oil, honey, salt, and herbs. That's it! Pictured here is a triple batch. We are visiting with family right now so large batches are the norm these days.

Our two girls and their two cousins played restaurant tonight complete with hand written menus, aprons, and wine! This pizza sauce with a Gluten-Free and Yeast-Free Buckwheat Crust, Homemade Gluten-Free Seed Crackers with apples and french sheep cheese, a large Pear Pomegranate Salad, Whole Grain Flatbread, freshly made butternut squash lasagna with Macadamia Nut Cheese, Vanilla Tapioca Pudding, and a sparkling hibiscus cooler were all on the menu! It was quite a feast for all 12 of us.

Luckily the adults got to relax while the girls busily took orders and ran back and forth from the dining room to the kitchen carrying plates of food!

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Use one recipe of the sauce for a 12-inch pizza. I use a rectangular stone baking sheet which is 12 x 15 inches. The 7-ounce jars of Bionaturae tomato paste can be found at most food co-ops and health food stores. Once the jars are empty I soak them in hot water to remove the labels, wash them, and use them to store dried herbs. They also make great cups for smoothies when we are out and about. My toddler twin boys love to drink smoothies just about any time of day. Green, purple, it doesn't matter!

one 7-ounce jar tomato paste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Herbamare or sea salt

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix together well.

Spread onto your favorite pizza crust and top with your favorite toppings. Bake pizza as directed. Enjoy! Source:

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Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. This sounds really yum! I can't wait for the gluten free pizza base recipe to come as well! :)

  2. I wish I'd had this recipe last week! We did a quick pizza after Christmas (also GF, but not with buckwheat flour--looking forward to your version!). I put a regular tomato sauce on top, which was great, but I've always wanted to use a specifically "pizza"-oriented sauce. Looking forward to your ideas and thoughts about cleansing, too. :)

  3. Oh thank you! I love that this sauce recipe is sugar-free! I was just searching through your blog the day after Christmas for a pizza recipe. Soooo looking forward to the crust recipe too!
    We made the molasses cookies for Christmas eve and they were so yummy! Everyone love them.

  4. Hi Ali and Tom,

    I enjoy reading the adorable stories of your children. I just looked through your cook book and blog and couldn't find the seed cracker recipe. If you have time, would you please share this recipe.
    Thank you again, Lillian B.

  5. I think my gluten free cooking repertoire would be complete with a yummy pizza dough recipe!

    What's the trick to making a milder green smoothie? D. is seeming to prefer purple these days and I miss the days when she'd eagerly request green since it is an easy way to sneak some great greens into a little belly.

    I found a store that specializes in gluten-free whole foods while visiting Fayetteville, NC. It was called the Apple Crate on Raeford Road. What a treat!

  6. Fabulous! I love pizza, and a homemade pizza sauce will make it that much better =D.

  7. How did you know?! We made pizza yesterday (GF from a mix) and I thought that while it was ok, next time I wanted to try and make the crust from scratch. Looking forward to your recipe. Thanks also for the info on the jared tomato paste. I just read about how bad the tomato in a can is for you. I'll be looking for this brand next time I go to the health food store.

  8. Thanks all, enjoy! I'll post the gluten-free seed cracker recipe sometime in the next few weeks.

    Jennifer - As far as the smoothies go, you can add extra pear or less greens or simply add a few drops of liquid stevia to the smoothie for added sweetness. My boys don't seem to care how bitter they are, they just love them. When they hear the vita-mix going they run into the kitchen, pull open the cup drawer and hand us their cups to be filled (even if i am making a "cream" soup)!

    Happy New Year! -Ali :)

  9. Hi! We loved your sauce. Just thought I'd let you know that since I had only a 6-oz can of tomato paste, I added a couple of TBS of pumpkin puree that needed to be used up, and it worked great that way!


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