Slow Cooker Pizza Sauce. This pizza sauce recipe is simmered in your slow cooker for a rich, smooth taste. It is so easy to make and freezes beautifully.
This is a great way to make really good, full flavoured pizza sauce in your slow cooker. It's a fabulous homemade pizza sauce that will become a family favourite.
Post last updated with new images on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Hope everyone is enjoying their *cough* Saturday. I love *cough* Saturdays. I mean don’t you just love *cough* weekends.
I find them so relaxing. Luckily I was all prepared and had this post ready for *cough* Saturday. I mean I am nothing if not *cough* organized.
Okay, okay so it isn’t officially Saturday but I’ll make it up for it with this yummy sauce. I hope I’m forgiven.
Okay so confession time. I usually buy my pizza sauce. Not always but often. I suppose I just figure all the other work I put in making the dough, cutting up all the ingredients, shredding oodles of cheese should be enough.
Every now and then I cave and make it from scratch. I like mine super sweet though so feel free to adjust the sugar. I won’t be offended.
I mean after all it is *cough* Saturday so I’m all chill and stuff.
We’re calling this one “Sweetums Pizza Sauce” around our household!
My sister will be laughing now as that’s one of her nicknames for me! The sweetums part, not pizza sauce because that would be weird!
Tips for Making Homemade Pizza Sauce:
- Use good quality tomatoes!
- Don't skimp on tomato paste. Buy the good stuff!
- Use fresh herbs if possible. It's not where I live during winter months!
- If using dried herbs be sure to rub them between your fingers before adding them to the sauce. It releases oils and makes them more fragrant.
- Start with smaller amounts of herbs and spices. Taste as you go so you can adjust the spice to your own liking!
- Freeze what you don't use immediately. This sauce freezes beautifully!
Other Fabulous Pizza Recipes:
- Tortilla Pizzas with Roasted Red Peppers
- Pizza with Arugula, Peaches and Hazelnuts
- Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza
- Candied Bacon and Candied Tomato Pizza
- Bacon Pizza Bites
- Antipasto Pizza
- Panzerotti aka Deep Fried Pizza
- Cherry Cobbler Pizza aka Dessert Pizza
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Slow Cooker Pizza Sauce
- 3 cans (28 ounce) whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 can (5.5 oz) tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 bay leaves
- Toss everything in your slow cooker and turn on low.
- Cook for about 6 to 8 hours. Stir occasionally.
- If you find it getting too thick just add a little water and stir it in.
- Once it’s done remove your bay leaves and you’re good to load this on some pizza.
- You can store it in the fridge for a few days.
- You can store it in the freezer for a couple of months. Freezes nicely.
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I'm such a sucker for anything in the slow cooker! I work full time, and so the slow cooker can be my best friend. Especially when pizza and/or tomato sauce in involved. Brilliant recipe, thank you for sharing!
Curry and Comfort
What a great sauce. I buy my sauce too most of the time. Now I have no excuse. 🙂
This looks like amazing homemade pizza sauce! Now I miss my slow cooker AND my ice cream maker! Thanks a lot Kim 😉
Love that you made this in the slow cooker. Your sauce looks so thick and delicious.
From a real conversation that occurred about an hour ago...
Me: What do you want for dinner?
Wife: I don't know. What do you want for pizza?
Now that pizza has apparently become a synonym for dinner around here, I'll be trimming the last eggplant from the summer garden, simmering some sauce and doing the cast iron pan version with the New York style crust. Not enough time to make the slow cooker sauce, but I think I might do that for future "dinners." I would guess I could can the finish product in a hot water bath an not affect the flavor. Yes?
@unorthodoxepicure- That made me crack right up. We eat so much pizza around here I'm surprised we don't do the same thing. And my daughter works at a pizza joint on top of that. Eggplant on it would be super yummy. I did a thicker crust in a cast iron and it works perfect. I am loving my new cast iron pan. Had no idea these things kicked butt the way they do. I do not do canning so not an expert but I would guess the hot water bath would not affect the taste at all. In fact I almost wonder if it would enhance it. Like a nice double simmer. I'd go for it. I have to learn how to can. Now I want to can pizza sauce.
@anne- Good for any day of the week. And when you tell your kids to eat their veggies pizza now counts. Lol!
@Sam Allen- My gramma always told me it helps cut the acid. I love a sweet pizza sauce. Reminds me of being a kid.
@Parsley Sage- Thanks and I think you should definitely try this satuesday.
@Helene- Lol, I'm rubbing off on you. I hope you try it out. It's sweet but I love sweet.
@Ridwan- Thanks so much.
@Kristen- I love run on sentences so much so that I feel I must do them all the time and sort of drive my son the lit major nuts but it's so much fun to see him squirm you know. Lol. I have to say I am the same way. I usually just use pasta sauce or do tomatoes in the blender. But this was fun and useful for freezing.
@Ping- You crack me up, weekends or not.
@Lizzy- Punctuality is certainly not my strong suit for sure. I like keeping you guys guessing. Lol!
@Kiri- You must get both woman! There's no other option!
@Rachel- Hmmm, I may have to ponder if this is possible or not. Will report back if I can figure it out.
@The Mom Chef- I sure hope Dudette enjoyed her day off. *giggles* And thank you, nothing like a good stumble and pin!
@Quay Po- I feel the same. I like to be able to make pizza at the drop of a hat.
@carolinaheartstrings- Thanks so much. I shall pop over and see. I have a dress from them picked out but I don't think it's the one you're using.
@Sandra- Here too. Some days I'm the queen of quick, some days I am the queen of taking my time. I rarely do things the same way twice. I love oregano but it can be strong. Just leave it out and do just basil, sweet basil. Super yum!
@Jeff- Thanks, it came out great. I do both. Sometimes I like to just buy it and some days I like concocting my own versions. No day is ever the same here.
@Tina- I am always dreaming up new stuff for pizza. I should open a pizza/ice cream shop I swear. Hope you try this out with one of the doughs. The parmesan dough is nice too.
@Kelly- I always pull the slow cookers out come winter. I use them in the summer too. Great way to cook up chicken before grilling it.
@Cucina- Thanks. I use mine so much I have 4. Two I use alot. Two are more for get togethers.
@Jenn- Thanks so much. It's simple which is nice on weekends.
@Stephanie- That was my thought, if I did a huge batch I can freeze it for nights when I don't have the energy to whip some up. I really do make a lot of pizza stuff. Lol!
@rosemarried- Thanks so much. I am so glad you like it. I don't work but we spend a ton of time at the barn and driving kids around so it's the only way we eat some nights. It ensures no ordering out. Lol!
@Curry and Comfort- I think most of us buy it. Just seems easier. The rest of the pizza takes so much effort that last step just pushes us all over the edge. Lol.
@Katherine- You know me, always happy to help. Lol! I could not survive without my slow cookers.
@Eating Deliciously- Thanks so much. I really enjoy a good sauce.
What a great idea....pizza sauce in the crockpot! Your site is looking great, I've been out of the sphere for a bit, you've changed it haven't you?
I'm looking forward to all your delicious recipes..any gluten-free ideas?
@celiacsaurus- Thanks so much for swinging by. Yes I did make some changes. More to come actually. I am not sure about the red. Keep thinking I want it more girlie. Lol. I don't do much gluten free now but come the new year I shall be dabbling in it a bit. I have a wheat sensitivity so picked up a few cookbooks to try out after xmas. I think I only have one gluten free bread on the blog and it wasn't all that good. I can however recommend a wonderful gluten free blog for you, I adore "Tasty Eats At Home" you can find it here- http://tastyeatsathome.com/
Alta is amazing. She is the lady who I got the brownie recipe off of, which is not gluten free but she switched after that. She is super nice and has wonderful things to eat. You should check her out.
Rachel you can do pizza in the crockpot and its delicious 🙂 I believe I have it pinned.
Love from Munchkintime.com
This pizza sauce looks incredibly delicious!!! Pinning it away!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe Kim!!!
Thanks so much. I appreciate the pinning. Have a fabulous weekend!
I cheat and use tomato paste to make pizza sauce, but this recipe will come in handy when our tomato plants start going crazy 🙂
Thanks Erlene. I cheat on occasion too!
I love a sweet sauce too, but I think I'll halve the sugar next time as it was a little too sweet for me. My 4yo daughter was my taste tester when I'd stir the sauce and absolutely loved it! I think with half the sugar this is going to be my go to pizza sauce!
Hi CJ. I'm definitely a huge sweet tooth so I always like to advise people to ease back a bit. I tend to get carried away. Ha!
I'm so happy you liked it. Also, it always puts a smile on my face when people involve their kids when they are cooking. It's so great to start teaching them young.
Leslie J Groden
Is it 3 (28) oz tomatoes or a total of 28 oz tomatoes?
Hi Leslie. It's 3 x 28 oz cans of tomatoes so it will be 84 oz total. Hope this helps.
It's okay if it's a bit more or less, depending on what size cans you have.
Question - Did you use an immersion blender to get the smooth texture, or does it cook down enough that you don't have to? Looks delicious!! I'm going to try it!!!
Hi Robbin. Great question. Typically it cooks down enough and you can break up any small pieces with a wooden spoon. That said, an immersion blender would work perfectly if you have bigger pieces of tomato in it.
Love this recipe and so does my family, it is perfect to freeze too
Thanks so much Melissa. I love freezing mine so I always have sauce on hand.