Sunday, October 20, 2013

Easy Take Out Style Pizza Sauce

I had a few jars of pizza sauce and we really enjoyed them.  I used them on pizza and for dipping sauces and they were all gone.  I thought before that spaghetti sauce was the same as pizza sauce and it really isn't.  I decided that I had to make some but I wanted to make sure that it was different from my spaghetti sauce that I already made.  I was searching around on this blog and found this recipe.  There are bunches of other helpful hints on A Time to Freeze so you should check out other recipes and see if this might be your start to freezer cooking.

The neat part of this recipe is that it takes no cooking.  All you have to do is pull out all the ingredients that you already have in your pantry.  If you don't have any, quickly add them to your shopping list.

I also got out my freezing supplies... a lot like canning but without a lot of the extra cost.  I use the Hefty One Zip bags because I got a great deal at the store so I have an entire cupboard of them.  You can write on them in pen but I like to use the Sharpie because it makes it easier to read later when they are in the freezer.

Next, open cans.  This is a challenge for me sometimes because I have to find "my can opener."  Yup, my husband and I have different can openers.  I tell him that his doesn't work left handed but I just can figure it out because it only takes off the top but I have had a lot of trouble with can openers because I am left handed.  Any other lefties out there feel slighted by the can opener?

Then, start mixing!  I decided since I had everything dirty that I would do double the recipe.  I was going to do more but since I hadn't tried it, I didn't want to go overboard.  I mixed one container of tomato sauce and the two containers of tomato paste together first and added the spices.  I was a little leery that it was enough garlic but trust me that it was perfect!!

I got crocks out of my cupboard and opened the plastic bags over them so that it would be easier to pour.  If your don't have crocks, coffee cups are also a good size as long as the handle doesn't get in the way.  I did three at a time and was able to pour directly into the bag.  I mixed everything in a container with something with a spout...not that always helps me.

These are winter snowman crocks so they are certainly festive but I am not sure that I have plain ones so now that I have come up with this great method, I will most likely always be using snowman crocks.  Two were a little smaller then the one in the middle but I really liked how I could pour everything in and not have to balance the bag.  I decided that I would do it after going to Let's Dish the second time with my friends because the crocks there make it so much easier to batch cook.  Check out how the bag spreads out and you get it in without getting it all over the top of the bag...okay if you have better aim then I do.

Then, I put the bags on the towel to make sure that there were no leaks on the outside of the bag and make sure that they didn't get anything on them from the counter.  I folded the bag in half and squeezed the air out before sealing.

I made five bags for the freezer and saved the last serving to put on a homemade pizza that night. 

Since I had everything ready, I decided to put it right on the dough that we were making for dinner.  Check it out on the pizza that my son and I made.

Okay, that is just the sauce... we did put on cheese and then pepperoni on half and sausage on the other half.

It was amazing with just the right flavor and my son and husband both loved it.  The pizza was a hit and I can't wait to make more pizza sauce to fill the freezer and use the rest of the tomato sauce and some tomato paste in the pantry that I got super cheap to turn it into something that can be used for a meal straight from the freezer.

I changed the recipe a little because I guess I like my sauce thicker.  Don't forget to check out the original recipe on A Time to Freeze but to see the recipe that I made, check below and I hope that you add this to your list to make soon!!  Simple, easy and no cooking needed.

Pizza Sauce

Makes 6 1-cup servings.

  • (2) 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • (2) 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 clove garlic, minced or 1 tsp jarred minced garlic
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together.  If you feel that it is too thick, add up to 1/2 c water to thin.
  2. Freezer instructions: Label 6 quart-sized zipper bag and line a small crock with them . Pour evenly into 6 bags. Fold bag over and get as much air out as possible before sealing and put into freezer.  Lay flat until frozen and can stack for easy storage.  If you want to keep them together, place smaller bags in gallon zipper bag to keep together.
  3. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight or place in a bowl of water to thaw quicker. When ready to spread, cut a small opening at one of the bag’s corners for easy squeezing.
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  1. I didn't realize that pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce were different either. I have a ton of tomato sauce and tomato paste in my pantry and this looks like a good use for it.

    1. It is really flavorful and taste much more like take out pizza then throwing spaghetti sauce on the pizza. We really enjoyed it!! I can't wait to use the other servings soon but I need to go stock up on mozz cheese for pizza first :) Hope that you like it!

  2. What a great idea, thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever!

  3. What a GREAT idea!! We love making homemade pizza and it would be so convenient if I already had the sauce made. Buying it at the store is pretty expensive and really doesn't taste all that good. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever! Can't wait to see what recipes you bring this Saturday!!


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