The best hot sauces for pizza & pasta

best pizza & pasta hot sauces

As a big fan of Italian cuisine, we can say that we eat pizza and/or pasta every week. Despite the refined flavours, they are often dishes that are not too complicated in terms of ingredients and the Italians will agree with that. Few ingredients, but those ingredients must be of top quality and in perfect harmony with each other. What the Italian purists will certainly disagree with, is that in our opinion, both pizza and pasta are even better with a matching hot sauce. But what are those perfect pizza & pasta hot sauces?


Garlic and Italian cuisine are inseparable and therefore it is obvious that hot sauces with a large garlic content do well on pizza & pasta. Fortunately, they are plentiful and so you have a lot to choose from, but our favorite in this area is the Dawson’s Cedar Smoked Garlic hot sauce. The garlic in this sauce is smoked over cedar wood and the rest of the ingredients also reveal that this sauce was made with pasta and pizza in mind. Delizioso!


Some of the most commonly used herbs in Italian cooking are oregano, thyme, and basil, so it’s good to look into hot sauces with these herbs as ingredients. Bravado Creamy Herb & Jalapeño is a great example (with oregano), but our favorite is the Bravado Serrano & Basil hot sauce with, you guessed it, basil. Also with this hot sauce: few ingredients, but of top quality!

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The all-rounder

We often see certain qualities/ingredients in most all-round hot sauces that simply work very well in combination with your favorite Italian dishes. The basis of these sauces is usually as follows: peppers for the heat, acidity through the vinegar, the savory of onions, garlic and herbs, for example, and a somewhat sweeter ingredient such as carrot or bell pepper. The ‘all-rounder’ that does this best in our opinion is the Raijmakers Heetmakers Tranquilizer, partially due to the extra depth created by the addition of smoked paprika. Especially great with dishes with an Italian sausage, such as salami.

Hot sauce box pasta & pizza

To make the choice even easier for Italian cuisine enthusiasts, we have combined what we think are the three perfect pizza & pasta hot sauces in the hot sauce box pasta & pizza. So treat yourself with this box or give it as a gift to that friend who is crazy about Italian dishes.

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