Homemade pizza sauce

This homemade pizza sauce is created from fresh garden tomato’s, aromatic herbs like basil and oregano. Then it’s roasted in the oven to create a thick, irresistible pizza sauce.

homemade Pizza sauce in a jar, sitting on a table top. canned pizza sauce in the background.

Do you have an abundant amount of garden tomato’s?

There are so many different ways to preserve tomato’s. One of my favorite way’s is to can homemade pizza sauce. This year I planted 21 tomato plants…incidentally. Every year when spring comes around I get so excited to plant my garden, I always go over board! Every winter when I plan my garden, I tell myself “control your self Liza!” then every spring I do the opposite.

tomato's collected in a basket with fresh herbs and garlic

My first garden

Canning is an amazing way to preserve all that harvest that’s coming in. All your hard work saved in a little jar of goodness. I was raised around canning. My mom canned EVERYRHING. Once I got married my husband moved us nearly 2,000 miles away from my mother. Then my husband and I bought a farmhouse and I quickly had to learn how to homestead. I planted my first garden in 2020 during a pandemic. I thought it would be a disaster. The soil here was so terrible, I couldn’t even cultivate the ground. I dug a deep enough hole in the ground and planted my first tomato’s. Not going to lie. I was so scared nothing will survive in that ground. But sure enough God had blessed us with an amazing harvest that year!

The birth of my homemade pizza sauce

That is when I had to learn how to preserve my harvest. At first I canned using my mom’s methods, where she pickles the whole tomato. That method is great and highly popular in the Slavic community! But I noticed my little children didn’t care for pickled tomato’s. I was so devastated that I put so much work into canning, then no one wanted to eat it. The the next year I was on the hunt to find a way to preserve my harvest so the whole family can enjoy them! Some families love fermented vegetables, my kids unfortunately are not one of them.

That is when I got the idea to can pasta sauce. One day I was making Marinara and I accidentally forgot about the tomato’s roasting in the oven. When I went to take them out of the oven, all the liquid has evaporated all that was left- what looked like to me at that time “shriveled up tomato’s” I was so mad at myself that I ruined a whole batch of tomato’s.

I thought well let me blend them and see what happens. after blending them I noticed the consistency was thick, almost like a pizza sauce. And that was it! the birth of my roasted pizza sauce!

Tips

  1. Use fresh tomato’s
  2. It is best to use fresh herbs
  3. Keep an eye on the tomato’s while they are roasting, every oven is different. You don’t want them to burn
  4. Don’t add the sugar to the tomato’s till after they roast

Tools

Emersion blender

Roasting pan with a lid

knife and cutting board

16oz jars with lids

Canning pot

Jar lifter

Ingredients

  • 72 oz fresh garden tomato’s
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (18g)
  • 1 Tbl fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbl oregano
  • 8 Garlic cloves (24g)
  • 1 Large onion (9oz)
  • 2 Tbl olive oil
  • 1 Tbl balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 Tbl sugar
  • 1 Tsp ground black pepper
process of making homemade pizza sauce. all ingredients in a white pot
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As the tomato’s are baking in the oven, the beautiful aroma fill the house of basil and garlic. I close my eyes as I pretend I’m sitting in a pizzeria somewhere in Italy…then I hear my kids screaming in the background. And I’m quickly pulled back into reality. But still! every time I’m making this homemade pizza sauce, it brings me joy!

Step by step recipe of my homemade pizza sauce

This recipe is easy to make! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients into a roasting pan and let the oven do the work. After it is done roasting, blend it with an emersion blender and you have got your self some thick, fragrant, delicious homemade pizza sauce.

Let’s get started!

Quart all of your tomato’s and add them directly into a large roasting pan

ingredients in a black roasting pan on a countertop
This is the roasting pan I use

Peel the garlic and onion, give them a rough chop, add them to the tomato’s

Add the fresh herbs then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Add the salt and pepper

Mix everything in the roasting pan then close it with an oven safe lid. Bake in the oven at 400F for 2 hours

roasted tomato's in a black pan

Take the pan out of the oven, then transfer the tomato’s into a pot, use an emersion blender to blend the sauce till its smooth.

Roasted tomato's in a pan with a gold handle, ready to make pizza sauce

Once the sauce is smooth, place the pot on the stove and add the sugar, cook on medium heat till the sugar is dissolved. Taste, and add salt or black pepper if more is needed.

blending homemade pizza sauce in a white pot with an emersion blender

( you can use a stand mixer or a food processer to blend the tomato’s)

Sanitize the jars and lids by either boiling them or by placing dry jars into the microwave for 3 minutes. The lids HAVE to be boiled. Do not place them in the microwave!

Transfer the pizza sauce while its still hot into the jar, leaving some headspace. Work carefully- the jars will be hot.

hand wiping the rim of a jar filled with homemade pizza sauce

Clean the rims of the jar with a wet paper towel. Then tightly close the jar with the lids

Fill the canning pot with water and bring it to a simmer, then place the closed jars into the water, make sure the jars are fully covered by water. Boil for 10 minutes.

Using a jar lifter, take the jar out of the canning pot, then place it upside down on a towel. Flip the can away from your face. Let the jar cool down completely before you turn it over.

hand flipping over a jar with pizza sauce onto a towel

And you are done! enjoy this delicious homemade pizza sauce!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Equipment

  • Emersion blender
  • Roasting pan with a lid
  • Knife and cutting board
  • 16oz jars with lids
  • Canning pot
  • Jar lifter

Ingredients
  

  • 72 oz Fresh garden tomato’s
  • 1/3 cup Fresh basil (18g)
  • 1 tbl Fresh parsley
  • 1 tbl Oregano
  • 8 Garlic cloves (24g)
  • 1  Large onion (9oz)
  • 2 tbl Olive oil
  • 1 tbl Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tbl Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Quart all of your tomato’s and add them directly into a large roasting pan
  • Peel the garlic and onion, give them a rough chop, add them to the tomato’s.
    Add the fresh herbs to the pan.
    Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
    Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Mix everything in the roasting pan then close it with an oven safe lid. Bake in the oven at 400F for 2 hours
  • Take the pan out of the oven, then transfer the tomato’s into a pot, use an emersion blender to blend the sauce till its smooth. Once the sauce is smooth, add the sugar, cook on medium heat till the sugar is dissolved. Taste, and add salt or black pepper if more is needed.
    ( you can use a stand mixer or a food processer to blend the tomato’s)
  • Sanitize the jars and lids by either boiling them or by placing the dry jars into the microwave for 3 minutes. The lids HAVE to be boiled. Do not place them in the microwave!
    Transfer the pizza sauce while its still hot into the jar, leaving some headspace. Work carefully- the jars will be hot.
  • Clean the rims of the jar with a wet paper towel. Then tightly close the jar with the lids
    Bring a pot to boil and place the closed jars into the water, make sure the jars are fully covered by water. Boil for 10 minutes.
    Using a jar lifter, takeout the jar and place it upside down on a tower, flip the can away from your face. Let the jar cool down completely before you turn it over. Enjoy now, or store in the pantry for years to come.

Notes

TIPS

  1. Use fresh tomato’s
  2. It is best to use fresh herbs
  3. Keep an eye on the tomato’s while they are roasting, every oven is different. You don’t want them to burn
  4. Don’t add the sugar to the tomato’s till after they roast
Keyword canning, pizzasauce, tomato

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