There are hundreds of recipes for pizza sauce, below is the one that I use. You can add onion, use oregano instead of basil, add chilli… however you like your pizza sauce.
The cheapest store bought pizza sauce that I could find was $1.15 for 140g which spreads one, maybe two pizzas.
I usually la Gina tinned tomatoes because I think they are better than the home brand, and they cost $1.09 on special. So making your own will give you around 5 times more pizza sauce for the same cost.
- olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- a small handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1/2 tsp of dried basil
- 1 440g tin of chopped tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- a pinch of sugar
- 1 tbsp of tomato paste
- In a saucepan, fry the garlic for a few seconds, until it gets a bit of colour.
- Add all of the other ingredients and bring to the boil.
- Let it simmer for 5 minutes to reduce.
- Strain the sauce, pressing it through a sieve discarding the basil and garlic, or just blitz it with a stick blender, reducing the waste.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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I blend the sauce, rather than strain it. This makes a decent amount of sauce, I usually freeze it in batches to use later.
It covers 6 pizzas made on Lebanese style bread. Freeze the bread for an easy pizza base – it defrosts in about 10 minutes.
You can double or triple the recipe and freeze.
We never used to make homemade pizza because I thought it was a lot of fuss and mess, but with the base and the sauce in the freezer already made, pizza can be on the table in less than 30 minutes for less than $4.00 for two pizzas.
A pizza tray can really make a difference when making pizza, we have an inexpensive round tray with holes in it that crisps the bottom up nicely.
Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.