8 Saucy Ways To Top Your Pizza

After seeing our favorite actors chowing down on pizza at the Oscars on Sunday night, I think we are all in the mood for a slice. While ordering delivery is easy and frozen pizzas are convenient, there is something delicious to be said about a homemade pizza — and homemade pizza sauce. If you are looking for a traditional red sauce or feel like mixing it up a bit, we've rounded up some saucy recipes to top your next pizza.

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Pizza sauce doesn't have to be a laborious task that takes hours to simmer. There are some sauces, like a nutty and herbaceous pesto that can be ready in minutes using a food processor. There are also healthy pizza sauces that use puréed vegetables for added nutrition, but don't sacrifice any flavor. Or try a creamy white sauce, which pairs perfectly with meaty mushrooms and onions.

To save extra time, try using a store bought crust. Smother it in one of these sauces and top with cheese and your favorite toppings. Pizzas bake relatively quickly in a hot oven, and that means a tasty meal that your whole family will enjoy can be ready in a snap.

So, next time you are in the mood for a slice, skip the delivery and whip up a homemade pizza using one of these sauces instead. Keep your favorite toppings, but try mixing up the sauce to add variety and flavor. Follow Ellen's queue and serve up a slice — and we can only hope that Brad Pitt will help pass out the plates at your house too!

Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.