In my last post, I reviewed the popular recipe for pepperoni pizza pull apart bread. I mentioned that we served the bread with home made pizza sauce and a green salad. Today, I’m going to give you my top secret recipe for quick and easy home made pizza sauce. It’s so easy, and tastes so good, that you may never buy pizza sauce again. This is especially true, when you consider that the cost of the homemade sauce is under 50 cents per cup to make.
If you like light sauce on your pizza, this recipe makes enough for two home made pizzas about 14″” in diameter. A family friend insists that she can cover 3 pizzas with this recipe, but two is the most we have done. If you like the sauce on your pizza very thick, this is still probably more sauce than you’ll need for one pizza. Unless, of course, you’re making a mammoth three foot diameter pizza.
My family loves this sauce. We use it to dip home made calzones, fried mozzarella, cheesy bread sticks, and of course, pizza pull apart bread. We have even been known to dip fried chicken strips into it, and if you’re in a pinch, it works well on pasta, but lacks the depth of flavor that you get from a slow cooked pasta sauce. When my children were hungry and clamored for spaghetti, I would whip up this sauce and toss it with some macaroni. They ate it greedily and never complained.
Here’s a real top secret tip about this sauce. You don’t even have to cook it if you’re using it on a regular pizza. All you need to do is just mix it up cold and spread it on the crust. No pre-cooking required. If you’re using it as a dipping sauce, you will need to simmer it for a few minutes to ensure the dried herbs and spices have been reconstituted and the flavors are evenly distributed.
Money Saving Tip: Cans of tomato sauce routinely go on sale at the grocery store for anywhere from 3 for $1 to 5 for $1. Whenever I see them on sale, I stock up. Tomato sauce is a very versatile ingredient to keep on hand in your pantry.
Give our Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce a try and let us know what you think. Remember, you can always adjust the seasonings and add other flavors like onion powder to make it your own . Thanks for visiting Patty Cakes Pantry.
- 1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning mix
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Pour tomato sauce into a small sauce pan
- Rinse can with 1-2 tablespoons of water to get all of the tomatoes out of the pan and dump this water into the saucepan with the tomato sauce
- Add Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
- Mix well. At this point, you can either heat sauce (if you're using it as a dipping sauce for pizza pull apart bread, cheese bread, or fried mozzarella sticks) or just spread it onto the uncooked crust if you're making a pizza.