Cheat’s Pizza Sauce

This no-cook pizza sauce is a real kitchen cupboard wonder and takes less than 5 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make.

When I have longer I love to make a version of this sauce from scratch, slowly roasting my own tomatoes and I do plan to share that recipe in time but for now, this quick and easy cheat’s pizza sauce is my go to and I’m sure it’ll become yours too!

Cheat's Pizza Sauce

A five minute wonder pizza sauce using just kitchen cupboard ingredients.

Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Victoria


  • 1 tin good quality chopped tomatoes drained, juice retained
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic from a jar
  • 2 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
  • 2 generous pinches sea salt
  • drizzle balsamic vinegar
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place all of the ingredients, except the pepper, into a food processor or hand blender and blitz until smooth and combined.

  2. Taste and add some ground black pepper. I usually add another good pinch of salt and sometimes a little extra garlic. If the sauce is too thick, add a little of the reserved juice to thin it out a little.

  3. Spoon and smooth onto your favourite pizza dough.

  4. If you have any left over, pop into a jar and keep in the fridge if you'll use within a week, otherwise put into Tupperware and label with the date and freeze for up to three months. If you're freezing take the sauce out of the freezer at least 8 hours before using and allow to defrost naturally.

To make the sauce, I use my favourite Andrew James hand blender which I’ve linked below.

This sauce is designed to be quick and easy so that there can be no “but it’s quicker to order a pizza” thoughts or arguments. This is the quickest sauce to make!

I reserve most of the juice to add it at the end if the sauce needs thinning.

I love minced garlic from a jar. It is sweeter than fresh garlic and it packs quite the punch. I can’t get enough of it but you may wish to use less.

In goes everything else!

A quick taste check and then some black pepper to season, blitz and taste again. Add more salt, pepper, balsamic or tomato juice as needed.

So quick and so good! Sometimes the simple ones really are the best.

I’d love to see your pictures if you make this recipe, tag me over on Instagram or add #foodieforthoughtblog to your posts on Insta for me to check out.


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