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The Difference Between Pasta Sauce and Pizza Sauce: What's In It and How To Use It

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When people think of Italian food, pizza and pasta ares probably the first two meals that comes to mind. This is for good reason too — pizza and pasta are the most popular Italian dishes worldwide. However, many people do not understand how Italians make their sauces for pizza versus pasta, which is why many home cooks find it difficult to replicate restaurant-quality Italian dishes at home. Let's first let’s take a look at the difference between pasta sauce and pizza sauce, and then discuss whether it is better to make your sauce from scratch or buy sauce in a jar.

What’s the Difference Between Pasta Sauce and Pizza Sauce?

Pizza sauce is a thick sauce that is used to top pizza. It is rich in flavor and is usually seasoned with herbs and spices, such as basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Although pizza sauce is often used to top pizza, it can also be used on top of meats, vegetables, or bread. Pasta sauce is a thinner sauce that is used to top pasta. Some pasta sauces are made similarly to pizza sauce, with canned tomatoes and spices. Other pasta sauces have meat in them, such as a bolognese sauce. This is the key difference between pasta sauce and pizza sauce.

How to Make Your Own Sauce at Home

Making pizza sauce is relatively simple. You’ll need tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and spices, as well as water or stock to help thin the sauce. You can also store-bought pizza sauce, but you can also try making your own pizza sauce at home. First, chop up the tomatoes and onions and place them in a saucepan with water or stock to help break down the tomato pulp and make the sauce thicker. Cook the tomatoes and onions over medium-low heat until the tomatoes are soft and begin to break down. You may need to add water or stock while cooking to help thin the sauce. Once the sauce is done, you can use it to top pizza, pasta, other carbs, or even use it as a salad dressing.

Pros of Making Your Own Sauce at Home

The first pro of making your own sauce is the use of clean and fresh ingredients. Unlike store-bought sauces that may contain preservatives and other additives, homemade pizza sauce is made with only natural and fresh ingredients, making it healthier. The second pro of making your own sauce is that it will save you money. Jarred sauce is very expensive compared to buying fresh ingredients and making it yourself. Finally, the last pro of making your own sauce at home is that it is a fun activity. Your friends and family can help you make the sauce at home relatively quickly.

Cons of Using Store Bought Sauces Instead of Homemade Sauce

The first con of using store bought sauces is that the ingredients are not the best. Most store-bought sauces are made using inferior ingredients such as corn starch and high fructose corn syrup, which are not good to consume a lot of. The second con of using store bought sauces is that these jarred sauces usually contain too much salt. This can be dangerous for people to consume who have high blood pressure. Homemade pizza sauce can be salted to help control the amount of sodium in the sauce. Another con of store bought sauces is that they tend to have too much sugar in them. A large portion of pizza sauce is made up of sugar, which is unhealthy and might lead to weight gain. Overall, store bought sauces contain many additives. Many pizza sauces contain high levels of sodium, sugar, and corn starch, which are additives that are not good for your health. These additives can be avoided if homemade sauce is made.


Pizza sauce and pasta sauce can be used interchangeably. However, some pasta sauces do contain meat, which is not very commonly used as a pizza sauce. Regardless, there are many benefits to making your sauce at home over buying a jar of sauce at the store. The main reason is that a jar of sauce contains many additives that can be avoided if you were to make your sauce at home. To try a local pizza made with fresh ingredients, visit Palermo's Pizza in Parsippany, NJ today!

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