Say No To Tomatoes

15 Alternatives to Tomato Sauce

The most important element of cooking is to balance flavors and textures. When it’s done well, eating becomes a true experience. Pizza is a perfect example of this with its crunchy and chewy crust, balanced with a tangy and velvety tomato sauce. Toppings contribute their salty or earthy flavors and the cheese harmonizes the medley as a fatty, and ‘oh so satisfying to chew’ flavor blanket.


Hungry yet?

It can be hard to imagine a pizza without the classic tomato based sauce, especially if you’ve never had one. In America, commercial pizza restaurants have offered a few alternatives: BBQ sauce, pesto, and the mysteriously named white sauce. These substitutes are pretty common so we have been inspired us to share with you, two pizza sauce alternatives that are unique and delicious.

Pizza features the chipotle sauce and includes pulled pork, parmesan cheese, red onions, corn, and fresh basil. 


Chipotle Me Down for Nap Time

>1 can of chipotle chilies (adjust for spice level)1 large onion peeled and halved1 large tomato1/3 cup apple cider vinegar¼ cup of honey½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon1/8 teaspoon of ground allspiceSalt to taste

Place onion halves and tomato on a sheet tray and place under the broiler making sure the cut side of the onion is facing up. Cook until onion is completely black on the cut side and tomato skin is charred, about 6 minutes. When the onion and tomato are cool enough to handle cut them into quarters and place in a blender. Add the chipotles, honey, vinegar and spices to the blender and blend until smooth and add salt to taste.


Pizza features the salsa verde sauce and is topped with fresh mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and jalapeño


Salsa Verde With Envy

>6 tomatillos with husks removed1 large onionThe juice of 4 limes3 cloves of garlic1 bunch of cilantro roughly choppedSalt to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tomatillos and onion to the pot and boil for 5 minutes or until the tomatillos become soft but not squishy. Using a slotted spoon transfer the tomatillos and onion from the pot to a plate and place in the fridge. When the vegetables are cool place them in a food processor with the cilantro, lime and garlic. Pulse the mixture until almost smooth but making sure to leave a little texture and salt to taste.

15 Alternatives to Tomato Sauce

If you’d like to keep venturing through this delicious world of tomato sauce alternatives we have a handy list here for you:

1. BBQ Sauce

2. Pesto

3. Chipotle sauce

4. Verde Sauce

5. Cheese Sauce

6. Hummus

>7. Heavy Cream Sauce

8. Calabrian Hot Chili Pepper Cream

9. Vodka Sauce

10. Butter Sauce


11. Garlic and olive oil (also called a Pizza Bianca), garlic oil or other infused oil

12. Honey Garlic


13. Béchamel or Alfredo Sauce


14. Teriyaki Sauce

15. Buffalo Sauce


For other fun recipes check out:

>Nacho Pizza RecipeCheese Stuffed Garlic Knots!

This week’s PIZZA OF THE WEEK is a Mushroom and Truffle Oil pizza made by Anna Kate @Projectstepmom. She has made some beautiful artisan style pizzas on her well-seasoned Pizzacraft® baking stone.



If you tried out any of these alternative sauces I would love to see on Instagram @_pizzacraft  or #pizzacraft. Let me know how you change up your pizza sauce in the comments below. Next week will choose our favorite pizza to feature right here on the blog!