How do you thicken pizza sauce?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: How do you thicken pizza sauce? We will tell you how to make a thick pizza sauce step-by-step, how to store and freeze the leftover sauce, and whether you can swap pizza sauce for pasta sauce.

How do you thicken pizza sauce?

The simplest way to thicken pizza sauce is to let it simmer on a low flame. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat slightly and let it simmer until complete evaporation of the water with consequent thickening of the sauce, or in any case until the desired consistency is reached. The only precaution is not to cover the pan and frequently stir to prevent the sauce from burning.

Alternatively, if the pizza sauce is too liquid, to thicken it add a tablespoon of Maizena (a very light and very fine flour that can be found in any supermarket) dissolved in a little water to the extent of 1 tablespoon for every 250 ml of sauce. 

As an alternative to cornstarch, you can also use cooking cream or the same amount of cornstarch. Both corn starch and potato starch are tasteless. Therefore they will not alter the sauce; the same can be obtained with rice flour.

Another method is to melt the butter in a saucepan and add some flour. This particular sauce, called a roux, is added to the sauce to be thickened a little at a time, to avoid the formation of lumps; the sauce is then left to cool for at least half an hour.

How to make a thick pizza sauce

The thick tomato sauce is perfect for a crunchy pizza. Besides, this sauce can be used in other preparations such as soups and stews.


  • 1000 g of peeled pear tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon (dessert) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (for dessert) sugar
  • 5 basil leaves

Preparation: We put the peeled tomatoes without liquid in the glass. We program 60 minutes, 100º, speed 2, without a beaker. After a time we program again 20 minutes, 100º, speed 2, without a beaker.

Once the tomato sauce is reduced, add some washed and dried basil leaves, place the beaker and blend for 1 minute at speed 6.

We place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the contents over it. We let it rest for a few minutes so that the liquid falls into the bowl and the thick tomato sauce remains in the strainer. Then we remove it and store it in clean airtight jars.

Pizza lovers will love this thick tomato sauce. And the secret to a good pizza is not only in the dough but also in the ingredients that accompany it.  And, it holds perfectly for 10 days in the fridge, which is the time it takes to spend it. 

Many times a good dough has been ruined by using too runny tomato sauce. The result, a soft base that is not able to support the ingredients. That’s why experts recommend that the sauce be thick so that it adds many flavors and that the pizza is crunchy!

Can I use pasta sauce for pizza?

You can use pasta sauce for pizza accompanied with a little chopped basil and cheese to make a delicious dish. Pasta sauce (usually a tomato-based sauce)  is actually more versatile than pizza sauce. It can be used with various pasta kinds, as a dipping sauce, or even on a pizza.

Depending on traditional recipes, pasta sauce is cooked and reduced to a thick paste, while pizza sauce is actually raw.

Traditionally, pizza sauce was simply ground sparsely seasoned tomato paste. The sauce was actually cooked in the oven as part of the pizza, however, there are many variations today. Some even require the sauce to be cooked and reduced.

In general, pasta sauce tends to be more complex in flavor than pizza sauce. Pasta sauce tends to be the dish’s highlight, while pizza sauce is used as a base ingredient on pizza.

While both sauces are different, there have been many instances where they have been used interchangeably, more commonly by home cooks than professionals. Using a pasta sauce on a pizza just makes it taste a little different and more complex!

How to freeze leftover pizza sauce?

Nothing like an ice cube tray! Pour your cooled tomato sauce into the small compartments and place everything in the freezer. Once the sauce is frozen, unmold your tomato sauce cubes and place them in a freezer bag in one of the freezer drawers. This will allow you to use the amount you need. It’s a great way to avoid food waste!

Which tomatoes to choose for a pizza sauce?

We advise you to turn to Roma, a plum-shaped tomato with firm flesh for a well-flavored sauce. The beef heart and the Marmande are also very suitable for the preparation of sauces. In any case, choose them very ripe, but not too much either.

Final thoughts

We remind you that the best option to thicken pizza sauce is to simmer it under low heat. There are many ways to save a thickened or a too liquid sauce, mentioned in this article. 

There have been many instances where tomato sauce and pizza sauce have been used interchangeably, more commonly by home cooks than professionals. Using a pasta sauce on a pizza just makes it taste a little different and more complex!

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.

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