$0.46 per cup 54% savings save $7.41 yearly
I looooooooooove pizza.
Like, a lot.
Luckily for me, my family is equally enamored by it.
If you know anything about me, you probably know that I don't have many fancy kitchen gadgets. My dinosaur of a toaster looks like it was salvaged from the dump, and my "5-speed" hand-mixer only goes 1 speed: insanely fast... like, "cringe-every-time-you-flip-on-the-switch-because-you're-scared-for-your-life" fast.
But, rather than spend money on a new toaster, or a new hand mixer (things I use constantly), I bought a huge pizza stone and a fancy-pants pizza peel, just like you'd find in a brick-oven pizza place. Pizza gets the love... Sorry, dumpy toaster and jet-engine hand-mixer.
A love as profound as ours requires a lot of pizza sauce.
GOOD pizza sauce.
There are a million pizza sauce recipes out there with a million unique flavor profiles. Even though this one is not made from fresh-off-the vine tomatoes, and newly picked herbs, I would like to add it to the list.
This deceptively simple recipe has only 5 ingredients. Apart from opening a can or jar of the pre-made version, you aren't likely to find an easier pizza sauce. It's less expensive than the store-bought kind. The flavors are robust. And it tastes absolutely wonderful on pizza, or served as a dipping sauce for garlic bread.
*Makes about 3 1/2 cups (enough for 4 large-ish pizzas)
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
2 tsp. jarred minced garlic
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. sugar
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over MED-HIGH heat. When it starts to bubble, reduce the heat to LOW, and let simmer 15-20 minutes.
~ Savings ~
29 oz. can tomato sauce - $1.24/can = $1.24
0.75 oz. oregano - $2.18 = 22 tsp = $0.099/tsp = $0.198
16 oz basil - $19.46 = 416 tsp = $0.047 = $0.094
25 lb. sugar - $13.98 = 945 T = $0.015/T = $0.015
32 oz. jarred minced garlic - $4.48 = 181 tsp = $0.025/tsp = $0.050
Total Recipe Cost = $1.60
Cost Per Cup = $0.46
Ragu Traditional Pizza Sauce (14 0z.) = $1.48
Per Cup = $0.99
"Over a year" scenario:
Make Pizza Sauce 4 times = $6.40
Use Equivalent Ragu Traditional Pizza Sauce (14 oz.) = $13.81
Money Saved: $7.41