Saturday, May 23, 2009

Homemade pizza sauce in minutes

I first posted this back in 2009 and it's still the only pizza sauce I use. It's so easy that it's my 11-year-old's job to mix it up (my oldest passed the pizza-sauce-making torch recently) I'm updating the original post with a new picture and the actual recipe, so you don't have to click through anymore. Enjoy it...we do all the time!

Homemade Pizza Sauce (very slightly adapted from The Cooking Photographer)
printable recipe

1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 8-oz can tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl or a jar and mix well until combined and smooth.

Makes about 1 3/4 cups sauce

---Original Post from 2009---

My family loves pizza. I love to make it from scratch (I can even "throw" it--I only almost dropped it on my daughter's head once), but pizza sauce has always eluded me. For years, my store-bought pizza sauce of choice has been Boboli; it's thick and very flavorful. But it's also almost $4 a package at my store. I paid the price because it was the only sauce worth buying, but I've really wanted to find a good recipe.

A couple days ago I was poking around on and saw a beautiful picture of pizza sauce with the caption, "Two minute pizza sauce made from pantry ingredients". I clicked on the picture and went to Laura Flowers' blog The Cooking Photographer. I read through the ingredients, and I had just about everything (remember I'm moving, and I've already packed up most of my kitchen). I borrowed some onion powder and paprika from a friend and then set my almost-13 year-old to making the sauce. (She sent me out of the kitchen while she made it. It was very hard to stay away...)

The sauce turned out beautifully...
We were rushing out the door to go work on the new house, so I made some quick individual cheese pizzas on flat bread (our favorite quicky pizza) and took them with us in the car (after taking pictures for the blog, of course). If you're looking for a super fast, easy pizza sauce that will blow all of the store-bought sauces out of the running (even my beloved Boboli), try Laura Flowers' sauce--delish!

The next time I make it this sauce I'm going to make a bunch so I can freeze it in little bags and have it on hand. And I'll use a little less garlic powder, but that's just my personal preference.
Enjoy, and thanks Laura!


  1. Hi Tiffiny,

    Wow. Thank-you. I am so very glad you liked it! And even more happy you liked it enough to write about it!!

    I saw you on tastespotting and had to come visit. Your pictures are just beautiful.


  2. :)

    And saying the pictures are beautiful is a very nice compliment, considering you're a photographer :) I think I get better each time I take some, or at least, I try to not make the same mistakes again :) Now, if I could just finagel a new, fancy camera...

    Thanks again for the sauce!

  3. I learn more from non-photographer photographers than from the pros. It's always been that way. I think once many people do it for a living they can get stuck in a rut.

    Although there are things to learn from the pros, it's people who are just getting into photography that do all sorts of amazingly creative things.

  4. Hey Lady,

    Do you make your flatbread or buy it?

  5. Trista, I buy my flatbread at Costco (which is how it can be so quick to make), but my grocery store sells one, too.

  6. Do you have a pizza crust recipe? Also, what cheeses do you use? I need to keep pizza stuff on hand I think. :)

  7. @TLZ, I do have a pizza crust recipe and it's amazing--just made some on Saturday, actually. I'll have to post it soon. I usually use mozzarella cheese (giant bag from Costco), unless it's a fancy pizza that calls for feta or something like that.

  8. I made it tonight on the flatbread and the kids (and I) LOVED it!

    What temp do you bake yours at and for how long? :)


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