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How to Can Homemade Pizza Sauce (+ Recipe)

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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.

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 Amazon.com.

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 have to say, this is ridiculously good. I even ate some with a spoon. I only made it a week ago, and we have already gone through 2 jars. I find myself eating it on stuff I would normally not eat pizza sauce with! I doubled the recipe, and I think I will make another batch next week. Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Thank you so much for the nice comment!

  2. This is my favorite pizza sauce recipe. I can it several times a year, quadrupling it like you do.

  3. 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.

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

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

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

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

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

  6. follow you GFC
    Julie hebb
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

  7. we love to can chow chow and green beans from the garden
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

  8. I can lots of things so I would love to win this!

  9. Jordan McCollum says:

    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>)