Once you’ve made homemade pizza sauce, you’ll never go back. Once you’ve realized you can make LOTS of pizza sauce and learn how to freeze it, you’ll for SURE never go back! Here is a delicious freezer-friendly pizza sauce recipe PLUS instructions on the best ways to stock your freezer with it.
Can you freeze pizza sauce?
Have some leftover pizza sauce? Don’t let it go to waste! Just like marinara sauce, pizza sauce freezes beautifully and can be used months and months down the road! Whether it be from a can or a homemade recipe, you’ll be glad to get your money’s worth by using every last drop.
What’s the best way to freeze pizza sauce?
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There are many ways to freeze pizza sauce. Just keep this in mind: air is the enemy of freezer food. The less air exposure your sauce gets, the longer it will last. Because of this, my preferred way to freeze sauces is in an airtight freezer bag.
My second preferred method is to freeze pizza sauce in a mason jar or freezer container. Here are some that we use and recommend.
I also think Soupercubes would be a great option for freezing pizza sauce or other liquid recipes. I have been using Soupercubes for all sorts of recipes that I want to freeze in small portions.
Why make homemade pizza sauce?
I mean, doesn’t this stuff come in a jar or can at the store? Why should I make it at home?
Here’s the short answer: It’s tastier and healthier.
Here’s the longer answer: It’s SO much tastier and SO much healthier.
OK, but in all seriousness, as a rule of thumb, ingredients like pizza sauce, pesto, marinara sauce and salad dressings are just better when made from scratch. The ingredients are less processed, there are less additives and preservatives, and you can modify the taste depending on what you like!
Recipe for Homemade Pizza Sauce
Ready to make your own? Follow the recipe below! Make sure to use it on our homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Dough!
Using this delicious and easy homemade pizza sauce recipe, you can make your homemade pizza taste like restaurant quality. I’ll never go back to the artificial, expensive canned stuff again.
- 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- Three 15-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- Salt and pepper
- Pinch sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 8 to 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Add olive oil into a hot pan over medium-high heat. Throw in the minced garlic and chopped onions and give them a stir. Cook until the onions are soft (4 to 5 minutes).
- Add the chicken broth and whisk it so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook until the liquid reduces by half.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of sugar.
- Add the dried oregano and basil.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
Freezer Meal Instructions: To Freeze: Cook sauce as directed. Let cool completely. One cooled, pour in to mason jars leaving approximately 1 inch of space at the top for the sauce to expand once frozen. Store for up to 3 months. To Prepare: Thaw jars of sauce in refrigerator overnight. You can also set jars in bowl of warm water to quickly defrost.
Ways to Use Homemade Pizza Sauce
Now that you’ve got a healthy stash of pizza sauce in the freezer, here are some ways to use it!
English Muffin Pizzas – These freezer-friendly English Muffin Pizzas are something all ages enjoy, and you can easily double and freeze extras for later.
Use on top of our Zucchini Pizza Crust – You’ll be shocked at how good this actually is!
Pizzadillas – a kid favorite!
Whole Grain Pizza Bread – An easy weeknight meal.