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Traditional and Non-Traditional Pizza Sauces: A Guide to Topping Your Pizza

When it comes to pizza, the sauce is just as important as the toppings. The sauce adds flavor, moisture, and a touch of acidity to balance out the richness of the cheese and other toppings. But with so many different sauce options out there, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to use.

A close up of a person spreading out tomato sauce on a couple of pizza dough circles
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Here is a guide to some traditional and non-traditional pizza sauces:

  1. Tomato sauce: The most classic pizza sauce, tomato sauce is made with crushed tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. It is a versatile sauce that pairs well with a wide range of toppings, from traditional to creative.

  2. Pesto: A sauce made with basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil, pesto is a flavorful and aromatic option that pairs well with lighter toppings like grilled vegetables and goat cheese.

  3. BBQ sauce: BBQ sauce adds a sweet and smoky flavor to a pizza, and pairs well with toppings like pulled pork, pineapple, and cheddar cheese.

  4. Alfredo sauce: A creamy sauce made with butter, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream, Alfredo sauce is a rich and indulgent option that pairs well with chicken, bacon, and roasted vegetables.

  5. Hummus: A sauce made with ground chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, hummus is a vegan and protein-rich option that pairs well with roasted vegetables and grilled tofu.

  6. Garlic and olive oil: A simple but flavorful sauce made with minced garlic and olive oil, this option is perfect for a lighter and healthier pizza.

  7. Truffle oil: A base made by infusing oil with the essence of truffle, a type of edible mushroom that is prized for its rich, earthy flavor and aroma. A perfect base sauce to pair with other toppings that are strong in flavor such as gorgonzola, mushrooms, and prosciutto.

A close up photo of someone pouring a thick creamy sauce over a pizza dough.
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When selecting a sauce for your pizza, it's important to consider the balance of flavors and the overall theme of your toppings. Experiment with different sauces and have fun creating your own unique pizzas. We'd love to hear which your base sauce is.


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