Garden Fresh Pizza Sauce

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It’s Tips for Tuesday!

This week’s tip:  Use up those garden tomatoes by making your own pizza sauce!

Pizza sauce is super simple to make and a great way to add a healthy and fresh component to pizza.  It is also a great way to use up those summer tomatoes and basil if you grow them like me.  You can make a big batch of sauce and freeze it in portions, so that you always have some available.  Try it with Zoale’s Three Cheese Pizza .

Garden Fresh Pizza Sauce


  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt (not used all at once)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar (not used all at once)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Clean the tomatoes and slice in half, and peel the garlic cloves and slice into thick even slices. Grease a deep oven pan (I use a cast iron pan that is 2 1/2 in deep) and place the tomatoes in cut-side up, and place the garlic slices on the tomatoes, so they aren't directly on the pan. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. sugar evenly over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil evenly over the tomatoes (I use about 1 tbsp.) and then lightly drizzle the vinegar over the tomatoes (not more than 1 tsp).
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 50 minutes to 1 hour until fork tender. Once cooked, puree with the basil, remaining salt and sugar and garlic powder. Either use a heat proof blender or an immersion blender. If you do not have either, let the tomatoes cool and puree in a blender or food processor. If your device will not puree the skins of the tomatoes, make sure and peel them first.
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can also freeze the sauce. Enjoy!
  • 14 Responses to“Garden Fresh Pizza Sauce”

    1. 08/25/2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Sauce color looks perfect..homemade is always best

        08/25/2015 at 10:07 pm #

        Thank you Vidya! Yes, I agree..homemade is always best 🙂

    2. 08/25/2015 at 8:51 pm #

      I was making something like this all summer with our garden tomatoes. I make it by the sheet pan full and freeze it in quart jars. Don’t even add the sugar since garden fresh tomatoes are pretty sweet on their own. Brilliant idea!

        08/25/2015 at 10:09 pm #

        Thank you Gretchen! It is great to make in large batches too. I tend to freeze, but need to learn more about canning 🙂

    3. 08/29/2015 at 2:42 am #

      I would love to try this at home…Thanks for sharing…

        08/29/2015 at 8:54 am #

        I hope you get a chance to try it Swapna 🙂

    4. 08/29/2015 at 11:54 pm #

      Where are the bread sticks?…….

        08/30/2015 at 9:21 am #

        Very true 🙂

    5. 05/19/2016 at 8:48 am #

      I love homemade sauce! I am bookmarking this one for when my tomatoes are ready. 😊

        05/19/2016 at 8:55 am #

        Me too and I love when tomatoes are in season. I hope you enjoy it Kelly 😀

        • 05/19/2016 at 9:36 am #

          I am sure I will! Roasted tomatoes? nothing better!

          05/19/2016 at 9:45 am #

          I am with you…I love roasted tomatoes! Have a wonderful day 😀

        • 05/19/2016 at 11:17 pm #

          You too!

          05/23/2016 at 8:56 am #


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