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How to Make and Can Homemade Pizza Sauce

I have made homemade spaghetti sauce before, but I have never tried to make homemade pizza sauce. The other night I made some pizza quesadillas and realized I had forgotten to buy pizza sauce!

After I realized I didn't have any pizza sauce, I started to look for recipes for homemade pizza sauce. You can find many recipes for pizza sauce. I used a variation of a recipe from the Tasty Kitchen.

I made my pizza sauce with store-bought tomato sauce. If you want to make your own tomato sauce here is a great recipe from Mama's Minutia.

pizza sauce


6 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. red cooking wine (optional)
1/4 c. water

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk together until well combined. Place over low heat and cook until heated through.

There are many ways you can adjust this recipe, depending on the spices you have on hand. I didn't have any oregano, so I used a bit of dried parsley and fennel instead. Any kind of Italian spices are great. I also used red wine vinegar instead of the cooking wine. You could also substitute a can of tomato sauce for the tomato paste and water.

Taste the sauce as you go and adjust the seasonings as necessary. You can use it right away, but it tastes even better the next day!

If you would like to can your homemade pizza sauce, make a larger batch and put into prepared sterilized pint sized jars. Place in pressure cooker for 5 minutes, for 5 pounds of pressure. Alternatively, you can process the jars in a boiling water canner for 25 minutes.

This homemade pizza sauce was the perfect accompaniment to our pizza quesadillas!

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