Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Every year when the tomatoes in our garden begin to ripen I get so excited. Not only do we have delicious tomatoes to eat, but it is also time to pull out all of our favorite tomato recipes for canning or freezing.

homemade pizza sauce recipe
Our homemade pizza sauce made from fresh tomatoes.

It is so nice to have our canning pantry full of tomato juice, salsa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato jam, barbecue sauce, and ketchup that we can use throughout the year. But one of my favorite things to make is our homemade pizza sauce recipe. See: OWG Canning Recipe Pages

We use it not only for pizza, but in many other recipes. We add it as the sauce for our pizza casserole and pizza spaghetti, as a dip for bread sticks, inside our pepperoni rolls and calzones.

It is great to have a few jars in the pantry for a last-minute or busy weeknight meal. Boil some noodles, add in some sauce, pepperoni and cheese and bake it for a quick casserole. Here is one of our favorite Pizza Casserole Recipe.

Or how about homemade pizza on the grill? It is easy to make your own dough and keep the kitchen cool by using your grill. See: How To Grill Pizza Dough

And it is so easy making our homemade pizza sauce recipe using our Roma Tomato Strainer. We would be lost without it! It saves us so much time and effort when preparing our garden tomatoes for canning.

It removes the peels and seeds and leaves you with only the pulp necessary for the recipe.

homemade pizza sauce recipe
We love to use San Marzano tomatoes to make our homemade pizza sauce recipe.

Of course, if you don’t have a food strainer, you can peel and remove the seeds using the blanching process. Just place your tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute and then immediately place them in an ice water bath. As soon as they are cool enough to handle the skins will peel off easily!

It is best to use paste tomatoes when making pizza sauce. The thick walls of paste tomatoes will make for a nice and thick sauce.

We love our San Marzano tomatoes, but you could also use Roma or Amish paste tomatoes as well. In fact, we usually end up using all three in a single batch because we use whatever is ripe at the time.

The key to this homemade pizza sauce recipe is patience. You must let the sauce simmer for an hour or more to reduce down to the traditional thickness of pizza sauce.

But believe me, it is totally worth the time!

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe From Fresh Tomatoes

*Makes 8-9 pints

INGREDIENTS:

20 pounds paste tomatoes

4 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp salt

2 tsp garlic powder

2 T lemon juice per pint jar

INSTRUCTIONS:

homemade pizza sauce recipe
Our pizza sauce simmering on the stove to reduce down and become thick.

1. Wash tomatoes and remove any bad spots and the core.

2. Cut tomatoes in half and put through a tomato strainer to remove the seeds and skins OR…

3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place a few tomatoes in at a time and boil for 1 minute. Immediately remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Slice each tomato in half. Remove the skins and seeds and discard.

4. Place the peeled and seeded tomatoes in a food processor or blender.

5. Pour the tomato puree in a large stockpot.

6. Add oregano, pepper, salt, and garlic powder and stir well.

7. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.

8. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour and a half without a lid, stirring frequently until the sauce reduces by about half.

9. Let cool and freeze in pint size freezer containers or can using the water bath process.

10. Water bath instructions: In sterilized pint jars, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to each jar. Pour the hot tomato sauce into the jars, leaving 1/2″ of headspace. Wipe the rims and place heated lids on each jar. Add the rings until finger-tight. Process in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes, adjusting for altitude as needed.

Remove jars from canner onto a thick towel and let rest for 24 hours. Make sure lids have sealed and store in a dark cool place.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Makes 8-9 pints

Ingredients

  • 20 pounds paste tomatoes Roma or San Marzano
  • 4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 T lemon juice per pint jar

Instructions

Prepare the tomatoes

  1. Wash tomatoes and remove any bad spots and the core.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and put through a tomato strainer to remove the seeds and skins OR…
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place a few tomatoes in at a time and boil for 1 minute. Immediately remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Slice each tomato in half. Remove the skins and seeds and discard.
  4. Place the peeled and seeded tomatoes in a food processor or blender.

Pour the tomato puree in a large stockpot.

  1. Add oregano, pepper, salt, and garlic powder and stir well.
  2. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 70-80 minutes without a lid, stirring frequently until the sauce reduces by about half.
  4. Let cool and freeze in pint size freezer containers or water bath process.
  5. Water bath instructions: In sterilized pint jars, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to each jar. Pour the hot tomato sauce into the jars, leaving 1/2″ of headspace. Wipe the rims and place heated lids on each jar. Add the rings until finger-tight. Process in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes, adjusting for altitude as needed.
  6. Remove jars from canner onto a thick towel and let rest for 24 hours. Make sure lids have sealed and store in a dark cool place.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe Made From Fresh Tomatoes

  • August 7, 2018 at 9:17 am
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    for the pizza sauce how many cups are in the 20lbs?

    • August 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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      Hi Linda Although it is hard to tell exactly how many cups, typically 1 pound of Roma tomatoes equals about 2 cups of diced tomatoes. So as a general rule 20 lbs of paste tomatoes should equal approximately 40 cups of diced tomatoes. This recipe typically makes 16-18 cups of pizza sauce. Hope that helps!

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