Well, I know y’all love pizza. No, I don’t have ESP……every time I ask on Facebook on Friday what y’all are eating, about 80% of you say pizza. Is Friday National Pizza Day and someone forgot to tell me? Anyway, we love pizza too……but I checked out the label on the pizza sauce at the store – and then I put it back on the shelf. I’ll spare you what’s in it. It’s not pretty. So, I decided to make some myself to put in the freezer to have whenever we wanted pizza…..and it was EASY! I thought to myself: “Self, why not do this in the crock pot?” So, self did it in the crock pot.
I bought some organic tomato paste just for this very occasion. Then I realized I needed tomato sauce too. Oops. I’ll go organic with that next time. Because as we all know, pizza should be taken very seriously. You’ll need tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, olive oil, honey, grated parmesan, salt, and pepper. Everything is better with salt. It’s true.
In your crock pot mix together everything except the parmesan cheese…..it’s our last step. I used a whisk of course. I’m pretty attached to it. It should just stay out on the counter since I use it so much. It needs its own spot at the table.
Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours. It’s going to really let the flavors mingle. I just like saying “let the flavors mingle.” It makes me feel so Food Networkish.
Every thirty minutes you’re going to want to stir it…..or it will stick. Or so I hear from OTHER PEOPLE. I have this fear of food sticking to my pans. Maybe because it happens so often. You really don’t have to stir it every 30 minutes….you could stir it ever 45 or every hour….just stir it. Or else there will be stickage. FYI – stickage is not a work. Spell check says so.
When your four hours are over, turn off the crock and add the cheese. Cheese just makes everything better. Amen.
Look how beautiful! And it’s soooooooooooooooo good! Let the sauce cool until it’s room temp. Never put hot food in your fridge OR freezer. It causes upset in there….and that’s a no-no. I let mine sit out for about 1 hour. I transferred it to another bowl to help it cool down.
When it was cooled down, I packaged it into smaller bags. I put a scant cup in each bag and ended up with 5 bags. That’s enough to do about 5 pizzas…..more if you like less sauce (I’m a less sauce kind of girl). I put all these bags down into a bread bag for storing in the freezer. Now you have pizza sauce when you’re ready to make pizza.Crock on!
Crock Pot Pizza Sauce
- 4, 6oz cans tomato paste (organic preferred)
- 1, 15oz can tomato sauce (organic preferred)
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- Combine all ingredients except cheese in crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
- Stir every 30 minutes to 1 hour so it won’t stick.
- After four hours, stir in cheese.
- Cool to room temperature and package for freezing or use in 1-2 days.