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How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce
Pizza is one of our family favorites and I’ve found that homemade pizza sauce is the best way to go!
Made with fresh tomatoes, this easy to make homemade pizza sauce recipe is sure to be a hit with your family. It gives my homemade Chicken Parmesan Pizza recipe just the right flavor.
It’s made with all fresh ingredients and the most awesome part is, it can be adjusted to the taste your family prefers.
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What Kind of Tomatoes Make the Best Sauce?
We all know there are probably well over 100 varieties of tomatoes available. But what variety really makes the best sauce? When I first began gardening, I had no idea what kind to grow, I just knew that I wanted to make pizza sauce. After reading and researching about many different varieties, I found my most favorite to be the Roma Tomato.
They are small,very meaty and don’t contain a lot of seeds. Roma tomatoes don’t contain a lot of juice, which is ideal for making both sauces and paste. They are easy to grow and very easy to can as well. To learn how to grow your very own tomatoes, take a look at this post How to Grow Healthy Tomatoes.
How Do You Thicken Tomato or Pizza Sauce?
The key to a thick sauce or paste is the amount of juice your tomatoes have in them. This is why I have chosen to always use Roma. Kris, over at Attainable Sustainable has this great article about the Roma tomato, take a look. They are super meaty and excellent for making sauces. By simmering sauce on the stove for several hours helps to reduce the liquid too. Some describe adding corn starch to their recipe, but I don’t do this.
The question whether to use a thickener such as Corn starch is not recommended. Healthy Canning has written this great article about the research the USDA has done and recommends about using cornstarch and other thickeners in home canning.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
Yield: 6-7 pints
- 6-7 pint mason jars (I can my sauce in pints, because I cook 2 pizza’s every time I cook it – growing boys. Single Pizza? – use 1/2 pint jars)
- Water Bath Canner
- Jar Lids and Rings
- Canning Kit to include: jar lifter and canning funnel
- 15 lbs. Ripe Tomatoes (I use Roma since they are meatier tomato with less juice in them
- 6 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 3 large Onions, minced
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 4 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp. Peppercorns, freshly cracked
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 4 tbsp. Parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp. Oregano, ground
- 2 tbsp. Basil, ground
- 2 tsp. Rosemary
- 2 tsp. Celery Seed
- 3 tsp. Sea Salt
Mince onions and garlic, (I use this Ninja food chopper and love it)
In a large stock pot or metal canner – Pour in Olive Oil, Onion and Garlic – saute’ until tender
Pour in pureed tomatoes and stir well
Add in rest of dry ingredients, mix well
Cook on medium-low for approximately 2 hours until mixture has reduced by half (thus creating a thicker sauce)
Once Sauce has simmered for a couple hours or more, ladle sauce into hot jars, wipe rim clean, and seal with lid
Process in a water bath canner for 25 minutes
Note: You have added both salt and lemon juice to the sauce, so pressure canning is not necessary
Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
This easy to make homemade pizza sauce will be a hit with your family. Fresh Italian Spices - basil, rosemary, oregano, celery, and parsley. Made from fresh Roma tomatoes, the sauce is thick and savory. Canning homemade pizza sauce for the weeknight dinner pizza meal.
- 15 lbs Fresh Roma Tomatoes
- 3 large Onions, minced
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 6 tbsp Olive Oil
- 4 tbsp Pure Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp Peppercorns, cracked
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 2 tsbp Oregano
- 4 tbsp Parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp Basil
- 2 tsp Rosemary
- 2 tsp Sea Salt
Peel and puree fresh tomatoes, set aside
Mince onions and garlic; place both into a large stock pot with 6 tbsp of Olive Oil. Saute' in oil on medium heat until translucent
Add tomato puree to pot, mix well
Add rest of dry ingredients, stir well until well mixed
Bring pot to a boil, reducing to a simmer on "medium-low" for about 2+ hours. You will want sauce to reduce by at least 1/2 (half) to create a "thicker" sauce; stir occasionally
Once sauce is thickened, ladle sauce into hot pint jars (will make 2 pizza's OR 1/2 pint for a single pizza). Clean jar rims and seal with hot lid.
Place into a water bath canner and bring to a boil. Process for 25 minutes.
Spice amounts can be altered for your family preference. Processing time in water bath CANNOT be altered.
Since both salt and lemon juice have been added, pressure canning is not necessary.
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