Pizza sauce is a staple at our house. We use it for our Saturday night pizza, but also for spaghetti, tater-tot casserole, etc. I love to can my own, but I haven’t been able to save my tomato plants from the deer for years, now. So I have to buy it. But I am a very frugal grocery shopper! I dislike paying a lot of money for staples. So I came up with my own frugal alternative.
I have a Sam’s Club membership, (worth it just for staples, when you have 4 growing kids!) so I buy the large cans of tomato sauce (6 lb 10 oz) and add my own seasonings. I am notorious for just throwing stuff in, but since a friend wanted this recipe, I did measure this time, and I think it’s pretty close. But it is very adjustable. Add more or less of any spice you like – make it how you like it.
I just stir it all together and then ladle into jars (leaving a 1 inch headspace or more) and store in the freezer.
The can of sauce costs 2.77 at my store, and the spices are minimal. It makes about 4 normal size pasta jars full. I usually spread it between 5 jars, though, so the sauce has room to expand as it freezes.
- 1 can tomato sauce (6 lb 10 oz)
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 5 teaspoon onion powder
- 5 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced (or 2½ teaspoons garlic powder)
- Mix all together.
- pour into 5 jars.
- store in freezer.