Here are my four favorite pizza sauce recipes, all in one place. Bookmark this post, along with my pizza dough round-up, and you'll have everything you need to create your very own masterpieces. The pizza-bilities are endless!
Sure, you can make pizza without sauce, but mastering a few good pizza sauce recipes will unlock a world of simple and creative options. Slather your dough with quick, dump-and-stir marinara sauce, top with fresh mozzarella and basil, and you've got classic Margherita pizza. Prefer the sweeter, less acidic flavor of cooked-down red sauce? Try the slow-simmered pizza sauce recipe, and use it as a base for any combination of toppings (my favorites for this sauce are sausage, green bell pepper, and sweet onion).
Then, there are my two favorite oddball/gourmet sauces: barbecue and zucchini. Try the barbecue pizza sauce as a base for toppings like corn, summer squash, bacon, or even pulled pork or chicken, plus milder cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella. The zucchini sauce, on the other hand, is delicious with zingier cheeses like soft goat cheese (chevre) and feta. If you like, try it on its own for the sake of simplicity, maybe with a drizzle of olive oil after the bake.