Pizza Night: Entertaining on a Budget


Normal Ragu makes a tasty and cheap pizza sauce, but if you don’t have any in your house you can make your own for less. It is very easy and you probably have the ingredients in your cupboards.

Here is our favorite pizza sauce recipe; a friend copied it for us from a cookbook called The Farm Cookbook.

Red Sauce

  • 1 small onion


  • 3 Tbsp oil


  • 4 oz of tomato paste


  • 1 cup of water


  • ¾ tsp garlic powder


  • 1 tsp oregano


  • 1 1/2 tsp of chili powder


  • 2 pinches of allspice


  • 1 pinch of black pepper


  • ½ tsp of basil


  • Small pinch of cayenne


  • ½ tsp of salt


  • 5 tsp of sugar



Mince the onion and then fry it in the oil until transparent. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes. Makes one cookie sheet sized pizza.

White Sauce

Pizza’s with white sauce are a delicious variation on a classic. Crush up oregano and mix it in olive oil for a simple oil-based sauce for a delicious pizza topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.

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