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How to Can Homemade Pizza Sauce (+ Recipe)

How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce:  This Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe is full of flavor and super easy to make! It will make your homemade pizzas taste so much better than store bought.  And as a bonus, I’m sharing my tried and true instructions for how to can pizza sauce.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe with easy to follow instructions on how to can pizza sauce.

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Canning Homemade Pizza Sauce

Making Homemade Pizza Sauce is easier than you think!

I  just finished canning 7 half-pint jars of my Homemade Pizza Sauce.  I’ve stopped purchasing pizza sauce from the store.  I sometimes find it difficult to use all the sauce before it spoils (or I just plain ol’ forget it is in there, lol.)

This Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe is always a hit.  A single batch of the sauce makes about 1.5  cups, so for today, I decided to do a huge quadruple batch and can it for later use!  (Plus I figured, since this recipe is fool-proof, it would be the perfect recipe to break in my new Ball Canning Discovery Kit.)

After increasing the recipe, I ended up with 7 half pint jars with this batch of pizza sauce.  Keep in mind, the longer you simmer, the more the thick and flavorful the pizza sauce will be.  The downside is, with longer simmer times, the recipe will keep reducing and you will end up with less sauce.

How do you make pizza sauce from scratch?

You will be surprised how easy it is to make your own pizza sauce!  You are basically combining a can of crushed tomatoes with just a few spices and simmering for about 20is minutes.  And it just tastes so good.  I have found that a half pint jar is the perfect amount for 2 large pizzas.

How to make Homemade Pizza Sauce

Can I use Canned Tomatoes in my Homemade Pizza Sauce?

Of course!  In fact, the recipe I’m sharing today is made with canned tomatoes.  Canned tomatoes are perfect for making homemade pizza sauce. You can use whole or diced tomatoes, just make sure you are using plain tomatoes, with no spices added, since my recipe includes all the needed spices.

Can I use fresh tomatoes?

Yes, you can use fresh tomatoes in your pizza sauce.

One thing to note is that pizza sauce made with fresh tomatoes will be more watery.  To counter-act the extra liquid, you could simmer the sauce longer to reduce the liquid, but a shortcut would be to squeeze out the extra liquid from the tomato before chopping it up.  Also, one thing to note if you plan to can your pizza sauce made with fresh tomatoes, you will need to add 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice for acidity to each pint jar canned.

How to Can Homemade Pizza Sauce

This is what the canning kit looks like:

how to can pizza sauce

The canning kit comes with a polypropylene rack and a fitted lifter, 3 1-pint jars and a recipe/instruction booklet. The lifter works in standard size stockpot. The Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit runs between $10 and $12 at Wal-mart and on

Check out how easy it is to can your own pizza sauce:

While the pizza sauce was simmering (recipe found at the bottom of the post), I boiled the canning jars and lids to sterilize them. Once the sauce was ready, I used a funnel to fill the jars and then ran a rubber spatula around the inside of the jar to get out any air bubbles.

how to can pizza sauce

I carefully wiped down the edges of the jars since any food left on the rim might interfere with the lids sealing correctly.  I tightened the lids, submersed the jars into boiling water using the canning rack and boiled them for twenty minutes.

After the twenty minutes were up.  I left the jars in the water for another five minutes and then lifted the canning rack out of the pot using the attached handle.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe with easy to follow instructions on how to can pizza sauce.

After 12 to 24 hours, you can remove the lid band and check the seal on the inner lid.  If it sticks, congratulations, you just canned!

Now add a pretty label and show off your not-so-hard work!

Homemade Pizza sauce recipe

Can you Freeze Homemade Pizza Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze your pizza sauce instead of canning it.  To freeze the pizza sauce, let the sauce cool completely. Pour sauce into to freezer-safe containers. (I like to use freezer bags.)  The pizza sauce will last 3-4 months in the freezer.

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homemade Pizza sauce recipe

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 1.5 cups 1x
  • Category: sauces
  • Method: stovetop


This Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe is full of flavor and super easy to make.  It will make your homemade pizzas taste so much better than store bought.  Even better, I’m sharing my tried and true instructions for how to can homemade pizza sauce.


  • 1 14 1/2 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of dried basil
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan or skillet and saute on medium until sauce begins to bubble.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  1. If you find your sauce is not thick enough, simmer a bit longer.
  2. If you are using fresh tomatoes, you will need to add 1 tbsp of bottled lemon juice for acidity to each pint jar. (just stir it in)

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  1. I read your article on canning pizza sauce. The recipe sounded good so I tried it today. The sauce was very flavorful. Will make it again, the spices were spot on.

  2. How many cups or lbs to be peeled and drained of fresh tomatoes?

    1. not sure the fresh weight, but about 15 oz after you process them. The recipe can be scaled up if needed.

  3. Can you freeze this suace and skip the lemon juice??

    1. yes, be sure to leave room for expansion when freezing.

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  5. we love to can chow chow and green beans from the garden
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  6. Yum! I had one of those Ball kits, but the basket didn't really fit inside my pot. Darn it.

    (Okay, I've had this drummed into my head so many times that I have to say this: unless a recipe has been thoroughly tested, or you have modified a tested recipe in an approved way [like changing the spices or salt level], you can't guarantee that it's safely canned. </PSA>)

  7. I would love to put up Jam!


  8. I love salsa. I would love to can that. I grew up watching my grandmother can everything but never took an interest until now.

  9. I would love to start canning. I'm sure canning some apple butter and apple carrot sauce from our apple picking trip would be awesome.

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  10. I love making my own pizza sauce! Thank you for sharing at Simply Creations Link Party!

  11. I'd like to try canning strawberry jelly. My son loves it, and I think it would be fun to make some homemade & not have to give it all away quickly!

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  13. I have wanting to can this red pepper jelly that my friend makes.She brings it once a year on holiday parties and I have to be polite and only take my fair share. I have the recipe but it makes tons so I never make it- if I had this kit, I would make my red pepper jelly and save some obviously for later!
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  15. I'd like to can homemade strawberry jam or apple butter.

  16. Great giveaway! It's apple butter/apple jelly time,so could really use this.

  17. I love canning. It saves a lot of money instead of throwing things away. I do blueberry jam every summer.

  18. We can a little bit of everything but do mostly Spaghetti Sauce

  19. Honestly I would love can tomato sauce, I make it all the time and always have leftovers I like the idea of canning it instead of freezing it!!

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  20. I love canning. In fact, as soon as I get off the computer, I am heading off to do some peaches. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  21. Oh my gosh! Excellent giveaway!!! I am wanting to make pickles in the next few weeks and can peaches! This would be perfect! Thanks!

  22. Usually we can applesauce, jams and fruit, but the pizza sauce looks good to try too! Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I would love to can fruit and veggies, and this pizza sauce too, seriously, that stuff can get really expensive!
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  24. Very nice! My grandmother and aunt always canned green beans and creamed corn and they were the best! I would love to learn how and share this with my girls!

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  25. A friends mother taught me this summer how to can my own jam- and I would LOVE to try that!!!


  26. I would love to can some pumpkin butter. This time of year makes want to can everything. I also shared this on my facebook and following you now. have a blessed day.

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  28. I am your newest follower! I am just starting to can this year and need a beginners introduction! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

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  31. I have always wanted to learn how to can! Everything from pizza and spaghetti sauce to jelly and jam! Thank you so much for this great giveaway!

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  32. I would love to can the pizza sauce; I did spaghetti sauce this year and would love to the pizza sauce too.

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  34. I think I need to get one of these, and give it a try.

  35. I just found your blog and I love it, so many great ideas. I would can fruit, lots of fresh fruits, so I can enjoy them year round. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. I do like to can and need to make more tomato soup ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the great giveaway. mamalusco at ortelco dot net

  37. I started my adventures in canning this year with pickles, salsa, grape jelly and apple/pear/ginger sauce… why didn't I think of something we eat twice a week? Pizza! Looks like a great recipe.

    I shared on FB and will definitely follow you! That Ball funnel looks incredible.

  38. I would love to can some jams or jellies! ๐Ÿ™‚

    While I am not an "official" follower of your blog, I do read it EVERY day and love it. Thanks so much for offering this wonderful giveaway!


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  39. Oooo, I'd love to win. I'd probably give it to my sister since she makes lots of jam for me. I might have to try the pizza sauce though since we make pizza every Sunday night!

    Thanks for linking up to the party.


  40. I actually make my own homemade sauce from scratch (fresh tomatoes) and a fabulous chili sauce. This would be perfect for that!

  41. My mother always canned lots, and I would like to try.
    I'd especially like to can some corn relish – a family recipe that would make a great gift for my brothers. Thanks for the chance.

  42. I just started canning this year. First I canned peaches now I have a bunch of tomatoes…pizza sauce sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Actually, I would like to make some preserves while the fruit is so fresh and tasty, like the strawberries now…

  44. I would love to can some tomatoes as well. I have to admit, I was hoping the prize was your sauce. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a new follower from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky @

  45. I've been doing alot of canning this summer but I still need to make some of my Grandma's sandwich spread. . .
    thank you so much,
    gotta go can 30 pounds of tomatoes! : 0

  46. Wow – love the post. I'd love to can spaghetti sauce, but always feared it would be too daunting a task. I've really wanted to learn though. I love the feeling I get when I make something myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Yay! I just got started canning this year-these would be a great addition to my collection!Thanks for a chance to win!

  48. I like to make jam, put up tomatoes, and make pickles.

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  49. I have been cooking our own pasta sauce for years. I use it for pasta, pizza and beans, etc. I'd love to start canning it instead of freezing it. This would really be something I'd start doing in this world of canning. I have zero experience, though so the book would be ever so handy. Thanks for your generous giveaway and inspiration!

  50. I'd love to try some salsa and spaghetti sauce. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOTS of Roma tomatoes on our plants.

  51. I just cleaned some tomatoes and was thinking of canning some salsa. I hate the thought of doing it but love the results of home made food.

  52. How cool!!! I'd love a chance to win…I have really been wanting to get into canning ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!!