January 25, 2009

Copycat Recipe Review: LaRosa's Pizza Sauce Recipe

I *love* finding good copycat recipes online; it's both challenging and fun to see what kind of yummy fave foods I can cook that taste *almost* exactly like the real thing.

In my menu plan for this week, I linked to a recipe for a copycat version of LaRosa's Pizza Sauce. If you've ever lived in the Cincinnati area, you know just how tasty that sauce is and how it totally *makes* the pizza.

I tried the recipe out earlier this week. Wanna see how it cooked up? Come take a peek!


I didn't have pureed tomatoes in my pantry but I did (and still do) have a good stash of diced tomatoes. With a few spins in my Cuisinart, I soon had a good puree for the sauce. Note that I experimented with using (1) can of Italian-style diced tomatoes since they already have some spices added.



Once I had the puree done, I poured it into a stockpot with the rest of the ingredients, brought it to a boil, then let it simmer for a good 45 minutes. It reduced and thickened quite a bit during that time.

I test-drove the sauce that day by making pizza for dinner. In keeping with my copycat theme, I used this copycat recipe for Pizza Hut pizza dough (the dough is prepped in a bread machine - easy!).

Finished Product

I'd cut a slice and pass it through the internet to you but alas! Technology does have it's limits.

It was as yummy as it looks, particularly the pizza crust. The sauce was good, too, but when I make it tomorrow for our son's birthday party I'll make these changes to the recipe.

~Reduce amount of sugar and honey by 1/2 tsp each.

~Use (1) can of tomato sauce + (1) can of diced tomates to make puree. My older son wasn't too keen on the thicker texture.

~Sneak in the carrot not as diced or minced, but as puree, too, by pureeing the carrots with the tomatoes.

Do YOU have a fave copycat recipe? Share a comment and drop the link!


  1. That looks really good and easy too! I may have to try!

  2. hyperactive lu & Andrea: It WAS really easy -- once I got the bread machine started and the sauce simmering, I just set the timer and got some other work done.

    And -- the (3) pizzas I made for the party today were gobbled up!

    This would be a good double-up recipe - fix one for dinner, fix one for the freezer.

    Thanks for commenting!



Thanks so much for reading The New Frugal Mom and for taking the time to comment.

I do reserve the right to delete negative comments.

Thanks for sharing! I love to read your comments and learn something new from my readers!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.