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Garlic Pizza Sauce

This creamy garlic pizza sauce is a delicious, flavorful base for my favorite pizzas, pastas and chicken and sausage dishes.

Garlic pizza sauce in a bowl with a spoon dripping

I created today’s dish to go with the Garlic Pizza recipe, but the more I make it and use it, the more I realize just how versatile this sauce can be. To date, I’ve used it on pizza, like Dill Pickle Pizza, with pasta, meatballs and even in a lasagna.

It is the perfect substitution for any recipe that calls for Alfredo sauce!

When making the garlic pizzas, I always grab a couple extra naan or flatbreads to use up some of the extra sauce. Just spread a few spoonfuls onto a flatbread, top with cheese and bake – super easy cheese bread!

However, when I use this sauce with pasta I prefer to make it a little thinner. This recipe is closer in consistency to gravy. Although awesome on pizza, it can take away from the texture of a pasta dish and make it heavier than usual.

If that’s the case, just use 1 TB of flour instead of 2 in this recipe.

It will make the garlic pizza sauce seem very thin at first, but it thickens as it simmers and cools.

Making the roux

A good start to any yummy, creamy sauce, soup or gravy is with a roux. All it involves is mixing flour with butter or oil and gradually adding liquid.


A very helpful tip I learned from J Kenji Lopez Alt is to let your butter/oil and flour mixture cook for about 60-90 seconds. It cooks off any unwanted flour taste and ultimately makes for a smoother sauce.

Another tip for getting a smooth (and not lumpy) sauce is to gradually add your liquid and whisk constantly. In this recipe, I would add 1/2 c of the half and half at a time.

And if you’re new to making sauces at home, don’t fret! The more you practice the easier it becomes, and once you get a good understanding of roux, you’ll soon be creating your own sauce recipes at home.

What will you use this garlic pizza sauce recipe on? Let me know in a comment below!

Until next time. X

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Garlic Pizza Sauce

garlic pizza sauce in a bowl

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Garlic pizza sauce in a bowl with a spoon dripping

Garlic Pizza Sauce

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This creamy garlic pizza sauce is a delicious, flavorful base for my favorite pizzas, pastas and chicken and sausage dishes.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves (2 tsp) garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp All Purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, place the olive oil and the minced garlic.
  2. Cook for 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly so the garlic doesn’t brown.
  3. Add the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and stir.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk quickly until it is a thick paste.
  5. Let cook and bubble for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the half and half 1/2 cup at a time, whisking constantly.
  7. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir, then turn the heat to low and let simmer 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  8. Serve warm or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days until ready to use.



  • small saucepan
  • whisk
  • airtight container

Garlic takes on a different flavor when it is browned – be careful not to burn it.

This sauce has a consistency like gravy. If you prefer a thinner sauce, use only 1 Tbsp of flour.

Half and half is half cream, half milk and sold near coffee creamers in US grocery stores. This can be substituted with 3/4 cup milk and 3/4 heavy cream.

  • Author: Sarah | AwayFromTheBox
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Recipe adapted from Nellie Bellie

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  1. This is our go to recipe for homemade pizzas. It has just the right amount of flavor to it to complement the toppings.

  2. I made this recipe for the first time to use on my bagel pizzas and it is so simple and delicious . Thank you

  3. We made pizza at home tonight and I was tasked with making the garlic sauce for it. This recipe is amazing and it comes together very much like white gravy if you’re familiar with that. I didn’t have half and half so I substituted with just a cup of whole milk and it turned out great.

  4. This was really good! My cloves were pretty big, so it was so extra on the garlic! 🙂 I made this with gluten free flour and it turned out great. Wonderful on flatbread pizza with Italian sausage and arugula!

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