Homemade Pizza Sauce
Homemade Pizza Sauce is a super speedy, no-cook, simple sauce that is the perfect topping for homemade pizza. Recipe makes enough to freeze the extras!
Did you know that I have worked at two pizza places in my life? Both were in Pullman, WA when I was going to Washington State University. I delivered pizza for one of the places and was a waitress at another. Delivering pizza made me a good problem solver and improved my decision-making skills. There is nothing like walking into a frat house at 11 pm carrying a stack of pizzas and being told to “just go upstairs”. Hell to the no thank you very much. I’ll just wait right here in the foyer and you tell your brother to bring the cash down here.
What I am trying to say is I was around a lot of pizza and I ate my fair share. More than my fair share. And I still really love pizza to this day. But now, I make it at home. There is so little that is needed to make good pizza, and frankly, I am not keen on spending $10-20 when I can just as easily make it myself.
I’m a big fan of homemade whole wheat pizza dough, but one also needs a delicious sauce to accompany it. Sure, you can buy jarred pizza sauce. But for the price of one teeny jar, I’m here to tell you that you can make enough homemade pizza sauce for six to eight pizzas. And you can accomplish that without cooking or standing over a stove for hours.
I have made this sauce for years and used to add dried seasonings, tasting as I went. I finally realized I can get a large container of Italian Seasoning at Costco for under $5 and it works just great. So while this recipe calls for pre-made Italian seasoning, I have also included a link to a DIY recipe for those interested.
This Homemade Pizza Sauce uses canned (tinned for my overseas friends) tomatoes, a delicious blend of spices, and fresh garlic. My secret weapon ingredient is a pinch of baking soda. You’ve seen me use baking soda in Healthy Sweet Tea, and Easy Homemade Tomato Soup. Baking soda is perfect for neutralizing acidic flavors with no added sugar. Its wonders never cease.
I mentioned earlier that this recipe for Homemade Pizza Sauce makes enough for a bunch of pizzas. I tend to make two pizzas at a time and then freeze the rest of the sauce in two, eight-ounce canning jars. Each jar will hold enough for two pizzas depending on how much sauce you prefer.
Homemade Pizza Sauce is an easy and delicious addition to your real foods kitchen. You’re now officially a pizza sauce expert – congratulations! And you don’t even have to drive a 1994 Honda Civic hatchback smelling like breadsticks to claim such an honor.
Homemade pizza sauce is a super speedy, no-cook, simple sauce that is the perfect topping for homemade pizza. Recipe makes enough to freeze the extras!
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 3 tbsp Italian seasoning see note
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir until combined. To allow the flavors to develop, it is best if it sits for 30-60 minutes if possible.
Transfer extras to 8 oz canning jars and freeze for up to six months.
Recipe makes enough for 6-8 pizzas depending on how "saucy" you like it.
To make your own Italian Seasoning, this recipe from The Grant Life works perfectly.
3 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
For my overseas friends, you can replace tomato sauce with liquidized tomatoes or passata, and tomato paste with tomato puree.