UDP-N-acetylmuramic acid (UDP-MurNAc) is a precursor for peptidoglycan biosynthesis in bacteria. A major difficulty in the study of this pathway is that UDP-MurNAc is not commercially available. We have developed an enzymatic synthesis scheme for UDP-MurNAc using two easily purified Escherichia coli polyhistidine tagged peptidoglycan biosynthesis enzymes, MurZ and MurB, followed by a single-step purification of UDP-MurNAc by high-performance liquid chromatography. The identity of the UDP-MurNAc synthesized by our method was confirmed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Furthermore, we show that the UDP-MurNAc can support a UDP-MurNAc-l-alanine ligase reaction.