Make the most delicious pizza (or pasta) sauce in under 10 minutes using only ingredients found on your pantry shelves for under a buck.
A good jar of pizza sauce can cost as much as $8 depending on where you shop. And to be honest, it might not be worth it. It’s pretty much a game of chance buying off the shelf. You can make the most delicious pizza (or pasta) sauce in under 10 minutes using only ingredients found on your pantry shelves for under $1. You can get tomato paste as low as $.39 in some markets. This 5-minute pantry pizza sauce recipe is a time saver and money saver. And if your kids are anything like mine, you’ll be making this a lot.
You only need three basic ingredients and as many or as few spices as you’d like. I like to start with adding butter and/or olive oil to a saucepan over low to medium heat followed stirring in the tomato paste and sugar. I always add the sugar directly to the tomato paste because I feel that it blends into the recipe better that way. You can mix any way that you like. In fact, you can add any spice that you would like. The only spice that I strongly suggest that you include is fennel seeds. It really gives it that sweet almost licorice taste that puts you in mind of authentic Italian cuisine.
P.S. – Make sure you check out my favorite NY style pizza dough recipe (coming soon)!
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- 2 6 oz cans tomato paste
- 1 3/4 c water
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- In a medium saucepot over low heat add butter, olive oil, tomato paste, and sugar stirring thoroughly
- Add spices and parmesan to tomato mixture
- Stirring constantly, add water; simmer for 5 minutes