Is it possible to make a pizza without tomato sauce?

@2timothy (794)
Philippines
January 5, 2007 7:07am CST
Is tomato sauce an absolute requirement to a pizza? What if the flat bread has cheese, mushrooms, pineapples, sausage, onions, bell peppers, and all the others common toppings but without the tomato sauce, is it still a pizza, or is there another name to it?
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• United States
11 Jan 07
Well, it is possible to make it without, as others have said. But I remember seeing somewhere, probably on Food Network, that in the US, to technically be labeled and sold as "Pizza" (according to the FDA, most likely) that it must be made with red sauce, and anything that isn't can't technically be called pizza. Although, I have seen the BBQ pizzas and pizza made with alfredo or garlic sauce being labelled and sold as "Pizza."
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• Italy
5 Jan 07
pizza is wrong said invented in naples, Italy. but the real pizza was spread all italy by Romans and was obviusly without tomato sauce (american states weren't yet discovered). So pizza without tomato sauce is righfully called "pizza", go quite ;)
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@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
I thought the first pizza was made of basil, cheese, and tomato sauce to represent the three colors of the the Iltalian flag. Can you clarify on this?
• Italy
6 Jan 07
yes, you're right. but that wasn't first pizza, that was firs "Pizza Margherita". It appears Green, Red and White for the Italian flag and was named "Margherita" in nomine of Queen Margherita. :)
@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
You just refreshed my memory, I now recall about the Margarita pizza, as well as a cartoon I saw before of Romans eating pizza. Thanks for your input, happy to have you as friend.
@apostrofy (661)
• Romania
11 Jan 07
i eat pizza sometimes without the tomato sauce. but i don't know why it just doesn't taste the same for me. if i want to totally enjoy my pizza i need to have besides tomato sauce and white garlic sauce. i love them and i have to confess i am a pizza lover even if it was invented without the tomato sauce.
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• New Zealand
7 Jan 07
Yes I think it is still a pizza without the tomato sauce. It can be with thai sweet chilli sauce or with hummus (made from chickpeas).
@Metallion (2228)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Yes it's still a pizza. You see the BBQ chicken pizzas made with BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce.
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@Lady_Vincy (1539)
• United States
7 Jan 07
It is possible to make pizza without tomato sauce. There are different types of pizza out there and everybody does not like tomatoes.
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@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Vegetable Pizza Here is a recipe without tomato sauce to enjoy: WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA DOUGH:1 pkg. active dry yeast 1 c. lukewarm water 1 c. whole wheat flour 2 - 2 1/4 c. bread flour 1 tsp. salt Dissolve yeast in water. Combine whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups bread flour and the salt. Stir in yeast mixture. Knead dough about 10 minutes, working in 1/2 to 3/4 cup more bread flour so that dough is still soft but not longer sticky. Put dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in bulk, 45 to 60 minutes. Punch down dough. Cover and let rise again until doubled, 45 to 60 minutes. Punch down and let stand 10 minutes before shaping. 2 onions 1 zucchini & 1 yellow squash 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 2 cloves garlic 1/2 lb. Muenster cheese, about 2 c. grated 1/4 c. olive oil Salt & pepper 1 tbsp. each chopped fresh basil & parsley or 2 tbsp. parsley Make dough. heat oven to 475 degrees. Slice onions, squash and peppers. Mince garlic and grate cheese. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan, add onions and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add peppers and salt to taste; cover and cook over low heat until soft, 4 or 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan and raise heat to medium high; add squashes and cook until golden on both sides, about 4 minutes in all. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Return onion/peppers mixture to pan and cook until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Stir in herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Oil a 10"x15" jelly roll pan. Press dough into pan. Top with vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 15 to 20 minutes. Bake in oven 15 to 20 minutes.
• Indonesia
20 Jan 07
wow I'll save this recipe. ^^ Thx a lot Hopw I can make the pizzaa
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Most definately it is still a pizza without the sauce. there is also a veggie pizza it is spread with cream cheese and chopped raw veggtables are put on top and then you can also get a peanut butter and jelly pizza. Those are good too.
@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
From all the post above, I'm sure that there are a lot of those white pizzas though it is my first time to hear about it since I haven't encountered such thing here yet. I'm sure the bread is an essential ingredient :), anyone here who would disagree?
@Duvessa (913)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Of course it's possible! A town I used to live in had a place called "The Pizza Joint" and they served WHITE PIZZA. It was pizza without the sauce, had 3 different kinds of cheese, spinach & garlic on it. Super good too!!
• United States
7 Jan 07
You are correct. My boyfriend can't eat the tomato sauce so we have "white" pizza all the time. It is very tasty.
@ESKARENA1 (18298)
5 Jan 07
Of course it is, i never use tomato in any form on my pizza. The base is made of the normal dough, then put green bazil pesto on the base instead of tomato, then cheese and whatever you want in your normal favourite pizza, then on the top just a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to blend the flavours, good luck, enjoy.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I have pizza made this way with the basil pesto it is delicous.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
I've been invited by friends to taste pizzas with out tomato sauce (is there a difference bet. paste and sauce)and they taste great. As long as there is pepper or cheese, it's ok with me.
• Belgium
23 Jan 07
Offcourse! Even in Italy they have it like that. Pizza called Galzone (or Calzone, don't know for sure) is a normal pizza but fold up so that's the size is one half but still the whole pizza. It's with cheese within, it's really great, you've gotta try out when you get by a pizzeria!
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
23 Jan 07
oh yes, i make a great barbeque chicken pizza with no tomato sauce. i also use alfedo sauce/ both types are still pizza to me.
@cuttyrish (2668)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yes its possible. And its still a pizza, as long as you have the dough and the toppings that you will put is there like pineapple, spices, hotdog, and etc. You can make you own recipe if you like, put what the toppings you like,.
@tellus (1442)
• Finland
23 Jan 07
i have tried toco sause couple time and it still tasted good
@Jude68 (34)
• United States
22 Jan 07
We eat non tomato pizza all the time. I don't like red sauce. Chicken garlic pizza!! My son, who is lactose intolerant, has to order pizza without cheese. Now, that's probably still pizza, but not very tasty compared to the other.
@bkalafut (49)
• United States
22 Jan 07
It's still a pizza. Most pizzerias will make pizza without sauce on request, and one famous pizza recipe, pizza margherita, doesn't have any sauce at all. Worth considering is that the tomato was first introduced to Italy in the late 16th century; pizza dates back to the Romans.
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
20 Jan 07
No you don't HAVE TO. For instance, in France they have 'white' pizzas too which are made with 'creme fraiche' instead of tomatoe sauce ... My recommandation is : cream + salmon + parsley + a dash of lemon juice + cheese ( mozzarella cheese + swiss cheese ) and you will feel like in France ;)
• India
19 Jan 07
As long as it is eatable and u don't mind finishing it. i think u can call it a pizza. Tomato sause is not an absolute must.
• India
19 Jan 07
As long as it is eatable and u don't mind finishing it. i think u can call it a pizza. omato sause is not an absolute must.