Low-Calorie Pizza Sauce

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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: About 3 cups (serves 12)
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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, and 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 a 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. And 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.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • One 28 oz. can Italian-style crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion, and saute for 3 minutes, until tender, watching to make sure the garlic doesn't brown.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, then 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.
  1. Taste and add seasoning if necessary. Use on homemade pizza and freeze extra sauce for later use.

Makes about 3 cups

Per Serving Calories 38 Fat 1 gm Carbs 7gm

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 35
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 54 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)