Low-Calorie Pizza Sauce

Chef ladling pizza sauce on dough

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
35 Calories
1g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 35
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 1g
Calcium 30mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Who doesn't love pizza? We may prefer thin or thick crust, chunky or smooth sauce, and a little or a lot of cheese, but, other than that, we have no control over how the pizza is made at the local pizza parlor. So making your own ​pizza is a sure way to monitor the number of calories.

Although using a jarred sauce is quick and easy, we don't always know what's in it—it can be filled with hidden calories. This low-calorie pizza sauce is simple to make using just canned tomatoes and a few spices. Once you try this recipe, you'll never go back to processed pizza sauce again.

This recipe calls for Italian-style crushed tomatoes, which means an herb such as basil has been added. If you use plain crushed tomatoes you may need to add a bit more seasoning—taste the sauce toward the end of cooking, and adjust if necessary. If you don't have Italian seasoning, which is a combination of herbs such as basil, oregano, ​marjoram, rosemary, and thyme, you can make your own blend. Just be sure it equals 1 teaspoon.


Steps to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a deep-sided skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for 3 minutes, until tender, watching to make sure the garlic doesn't brown.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat to keep at a simmer for 20 minutes, until slightly reduced and thick. If the sauce is splattering, partially cover the pot and adjust the heat to maintain a simmer.

  3. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Use on homemade pizza, and freeze any extra sauce for later use.