Clean & Cheap Pizza Sauce for 40 Cents
This easy pizza sauce costs 40 cents for 2 large pizzas (frugal), takes less than 3 minutes to stir up (fast), and is made with real food ingredients you probably already have (WIN).
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So here it is:
Honestly, pizza sauce from the store is already cheap. Usually around $1 per jar, which lasts at least two large pizzas. But that’s got nothing on my sauce.
3 Reasons Why Homemade Wins:
- It’s VERY cheap. Think 40 cents for 2 large pizzas.
- No added sugar or mystery ingredients. My sauce has 8 ingredients, and 5 of them are spices you already have in your cabinet.
- It’s fast. 3 minutes and you have pizza sauce. No need to add that to your grocery list. Just keep the ingredients stocked (actually, you probably already do).
This Clean & Cheap Pizza Sauce is:
- Make ahead
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Makes enough sauce for 2 large pizzas
- One 6-oz can tomato paste
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder*
- 1 tsp each dried basil, oregano, and parsley*
- 1/8 tsp salt, or to taste*
- Pepper, to taste
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Add more water or seasonings as needed, to taste.
If desired, cover and refrigerate for several hours to let flavors meld.
Use a spoon to spread sauce onto pizza crust. Follow crust instructions for baking.
Freeze any leftovers in a small container with a tight-fitting lid. Leave a little space between the sauce and the lid of the container to allow liquid to expand as it freezes.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- *You can substitute all the seasoning for 3-4 tsp of Easy Greek Seasoning
- No tomato paste? Substitute it with two 8-oz cans tomato sauce. Omit water.
- Use it with Garlicky Pizza Crust. Obvs. $.70/large crust
- If you want something with more veggies that you can make ahead, try Easy Marinara Sauce. The frugal hacks help make it almost the same price as this sauce.
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