5-Minute Pizza Sauce

5-Minute Pizza Sauce

Pasta sauce is usually my go-to pizza sauce, honestly. But since a standard jar is only enough for two large homemade pizzas, I figured why not make a big batch of real pizza sauce? Much cheaper, fresher, and now I have enough for four pizzas!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

It’s freezer friendly too… Spoon the sauce into ice cube trays, freeze until hard, pop ‘em out and when you’re ready to use, thaw them in the microwave for 10 seconds or so. Presto, pizza sauce!

Homemade Pizza

With my best pizza dough recipe, melty mozzarella and your favorite toppings, a bubbly hot pizza can be yours by dinnertime. Just slather on this easy pizza sauce and pile on the good stuff!

Easy Pizza Sauce

Tomato sauce and paste, garlic, Italian seasonings and a little sugar is all your need for this scrumptious sauce… and five minutes to spare! Give it a whiz in the food processor and enjoy it on your favorite pizza tonight.

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5-Minute Pizza Sauce

Yield: Makes 2 3/4 cups (enough for 4 large pizzas)

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried basil

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and pulse until smooth.

Store in a resealable container until ready to use. Or, you could also freeze sauce in ice cube trays, pop out cubes, and place in a plastic bag to continue freezing. Use about 5 cubes per large pizza and microwave before spreading.

Click here for my best pizza dough recipe!

      

59 Responses to “5-Minute Pizza Sauce”

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    Bits of Sunshine — February 4, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    I love this idea! Much fresher and probably more flavorsome! I love that you can pop it into the freezer to use when you need it!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 4, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    yum! and i just pizza a whole wheat pizza dough to make- it’s fate!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 4, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I love homemade pizza sauce, much better than store-bought and I love the idea of freezing it in an ice cube tray!

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    The Cooking Actress — February 4, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I love making homemade pizza and this sauce looks like perfection!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — February 4, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    Yum! I love the freezer idea, too. I’ve been doing that with baby food and it works really well. I never thought to do it with pizza sauce. That’s a great idea for all my trays when the baby is older.

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — February 4, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    GREAT, great idea–so handy!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 4, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Your sauce looks so good, love your freezing tip!

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    Summer — February 4, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Your blog is so pretty and this sauce sounds yummy! We make our own pizza all the time but maybe it’s time we try homemade sauce too….thanks for sharing :)

    xo
    summer

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    Shawnda — February 4, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    You had me at 5 minutes! We froze a bunch of marinara from garden tomatoes last summer but we’re out… can’t wait to try this one.

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    From Valeries Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    My mom always made her own sauce from scratch. I never got the recipe from her and I regret it so much. This looks like it could be very close! I will try this for sure. Thanks Georgia :)

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    a farmer in the dell — February 4, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    love homemade pasta and pizza sauce. And I totally love the ice cube try trick!

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    SkinnyMommy — February 4, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    I think this looks super delicious and love how easy it is. I could go for that pizza right now!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — February 4, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Looks fantastic! And 5 minutes? That makes it even better. I’d love to have a stash of this in my freezer!

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    Pam — February 4, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Great idea! I love the idea of freezing the extra in an ice cube tray.

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    DessertForTwo — February 4, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Wow that first photo really caught my eye on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing :)

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 4, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    I would so spoon feed myself this :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 4, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    I love homemade pizza sauce – looks like a great recipe!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 4, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    Georgia, combined with your pizza crust recipe, I can only imagine how FABULOUS this sauce is on top. Wow. I think I’d eat this by itself hehe. Oh and freezing the sauce in ice cube trays – amazing! genius! Never thought to do that before!

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    Jennifer Dempsey — February 4, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    I love your idea of using ice cube trays to freeze sauce. I am making pizza for my kids all the time, and homemade sauce is definitely the way to go! Great recipe!

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    Angie's Recipes — February 4, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    A fuss free and delicious recipe. The pizza looks awesome!

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    Amy — February 4, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    I love the vibrate color of your pizza sauce. THick and rich. So lovely. Great tips in putting it in the ice cube tray to freeze. :) Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    Simply Workout — February 4, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. My other homemade recipe takes much longer than this and I don’t make it often because of how LONG it takes. This is a great solution!

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    ashley - baker by nature — February 4, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! Totally inspired to make this over the weekend.

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — February 5, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    What a great idea to freeze it! I’ve got to give this a shot as I’ve resolved to store-bought lately just for the convenience of it. :)

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    Steph — February 5, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    This sauce looks incredible but I’m even more impressed by the freezing tip! Why have I never thought of that!!

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    Natalie G — February 5, 2013 @ 2:55 am

    This is great! Thanks for sharing.

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    marla — February 5, 2013 @ 3:45 am

    Looks like the perfect pizza and sauce to me Georgia!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — February 5, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    I’m usually too lazy to make my own sauce but this looks easy enough. And it sounds awesome!

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    Guru Uru — February 5, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    What a useful and delicious recipe :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Jeanette — February 5, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    I love how easy this is to whip together! Great idea freezing in ice cube trays.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 5, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Freezing pizza sauce in an ice cube tray is simply brilliant, Georgia! I always feel like having pizza on nights when opening up a big can of tomato sauce seems like a waste for one or two slices. This is perfect! Homemade sauce rules :)

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    Tracey Wilhelmsen — February 5, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    Homemade pizza sauce is such a fantastic thing to keep on hand! We have pizza night almost every Friday and I love being able to pull it from the freezer :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 5, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    This will come in so handy when Jason’s back in town and we do our usual Friday pizza nights!

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    london bakes — February 5, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Freezer friendly is such a great idea – you make the most delicious looking pizzas!

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    Lynna — February 5, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    This will definitely come in handy!

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    Monet — February 5, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    What a brilliant idea, Georgia! We make pizza all the time around here, so I’m bookmarking this for future use. Thank you for sharing another delicious post. I hope you are having a joyful week. You certainly made mine a bit brighter!

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    Angela AnotherBitePlease — February 6, 2013 @ 1:04 am

    5 minutes – yes please. AND to get so much accomplished in that is great!

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    Honey — February 6, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    Such a great idea to freeze the pizza sauce. So when you want to use it again, do you refrigerate? Looks delish.

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    Cuparoons — February 6, 2013 @ 5:09 am

    Perfect timing! I’ve been looking for a pizza sauce recipe to go along with my homemade pizza dough. Definately will have to try this one:)

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — February 6, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Honey – Just heat the frozen pizza sauce cubes in the microwave for a few seconds, or thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter top.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 6, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    I love homemade pizza sauce! Love that you can freeze this!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — February 6, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Awesome idea of freezing in ice cubes! And now I want pizza :)

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    A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 6, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    Homemade sauce beats jarred stuff, hands down! Now you have me craving pizza!

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    aimee @ shugarysweets — February 7, 2013 @ 12:00 am

    Love this idea. My kids eat Pizza Quesadillas so often, but I’m tired of the wasting of sauce. This would be the perfect solution!!!

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    Val — February 7, 2013 @ 12:32 am

    This is so great and very handy when your pressed for time.

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    Reeni Pisano — February 7, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    What an utterly delicious pizza sauce Georgia! So great to have on hand for an impromptu pizza night!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 7, 2013 @ 3:58 am

    The pizza sauce cubes is brilliant beyond brilliant idea Georgia! I love it!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 7, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    I freeze every other kind of sauce in ice cube trays (or mini muffin tins!), so I have no idea why it never occurred to me to do pizza sauce. And I’ve been making and freezing my own crusts too, so this is perfect. I foresee a lot of easy pizza dinners in my future. :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — February 8, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    This is so easy to make, yet a lot of people rely on pre-made pizza sauce! I love that you suggested the ice cube freezing method. I used to make everything frozen like that when my kids were babies (they only eat one cube of puree stuff). The ice cube tray needs to come back to our freezer! :D

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    Crystal — March 21, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    This was my first time making pizza sauce and the pizza tasted 10 times better than usual. Even my son said “this is the best pizza you’ve ever made!” The only difference was the sauce, so I froze a bunch for next time!!

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    Emma — April 7, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Made this last night and it was really easy to do and v. tasty. Thanks!

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    Lise — April 21, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    Delicious! Made this tonight when I realized we were out of pizza sauce and in a pinch. Froze the rest in muffin tins. I’ll never buy store bought sauce again!

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    Jane R — May 16, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    It was great!! Didnt pulse in food processor or use a blender, I just stirred to mix. I added a pinch more here and there than what was called for in the recipe(to my taste), but what good base ingredients. I also used the minced garlic from a jar. MY Kinda sauce!! Keeper!! SOOO GOOD! Thank you!

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    Kari — September 3, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I tried this tonight and thought it was great! Thank you. I am excited that I have enough sauce for 3 more pizzas or calzones in the freezer now too. Great idea!

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    Tina Swain — September 23, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    I love fresh pizza sauce. I just use the 6 oz paste, 3/4 cup water, 1/3 c EVOO and lots of fresh ground black pepper in addition to your spices and herbs. May try it cutting out the oil to save calories…great if it doesn’t sacrifice taste. I will try freezing in ice cube trays too. Super for dipping sauce too….I am lazy and just put my garlic in a press and squeeze it. No processor to wash.

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    Kimberly — October 2, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    My so has a sensitivity to basil, would should I just omit the basil, or replace it with something else? If replace, with what?

    • Georgia — October 2nd, 2013 @ 9:02 am

      You could omit it altogether, or replace with rosemary and/or thyme.

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    Kim — October 16, 2013 @ 5:01 am

    Hi,

    When you say Tomotoe Sauce is that like Tomatoe Sauce you put on chips(hot) or is it tinned, chopped tomatoes?

    Sorry in South Africa Tomatoe Sauce is what we put on hot chips 0or french Fries as you say?

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    Kanmani — November 24, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    I love the ideas :)

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