Easy and Healthy Homemade Pizza Sauce

A great pizza sauce recipe has eluded me for years.


I grew up with a dad that often made his own dough and sauce, so I’m a bit of a pizza snob.


I swear I’ve been through dozens of recipes, but I could never seem to find the right balance of sweetness, tang, and spice….until now. This sauce has the exact combination of spices and flavor that perfectly compliment any Italian pie, and we use it on every. Single. Pizza.

Healthy Homemade Pizza Sauce
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 3 c. tomato puree (not sauce)
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. garlic, minced
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • ½ t. dried thyme
  • 1 t. fennel seeds
  • scant ½ t. salt
  • 1½ t. granulated sweetener, I like sucanat
  • ¼ t. red pepper flakes
  • 1 t. red wine vinegar
  1. Heat the oil in a deep pan.
  2. Add the garlic, and saute just until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the vinegar).
  4. Bring to a bubble, and lower the heat to a simmer.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes (it will thicken and reduce during this time).
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in the vinegar.
  7. Use as desired!
Nutrition facts are based on using regular sugar. Weight Watchers points (new system): 6
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ of recipe Calories: 228 Fat: 8.1 g Saturated fat: 1.2 g Unsaturated fat: 6.9 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 39.4 g Sugar: 21.2 g Sodium: 688 mg Fiber: 8.1 g Protein: 6.8 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

…the finished product…


…this sauce is so tasty, I even dip my pizza into it…


…thank you Mr. Goslin for your helping hands with this shoot. 😀

The pizza you’re looking at is my cheese-free version of the popular Cauliflower Pizza Crust…I’ll have that one up on Monday for those of you that were asking about it.

If you can’t wait till Monday, give my Zucchini Pizza Crust a go! 😀

What’s your favorite way to top your pizza?

I enjoy A LOT of veggies on mine. Mushrooms, red onion, green pepper, kalamata olives, and some fresh basil when it comes out.

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  1. says

    Good morning lovely Lauren,

    It seems we have so much in common in the culinary department! I love that. I too adore making my own pizza sauce and I had to laugh reading you post. It took me a while too to get that right balance of sweet/acid. And store bought is usually to high in salt and uses cane sugar, so I use honey in my recipe. It works perfectly.

    Thanks for posting this recipe…I would have never seen that zucchini crust! I can’t wait to try.

    Thank you so much for your creative, healthy recipes.

    Have a great weekend.

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    • Lauren says

      Thank you Amber! I’ll have to check your recipe out as well. 😀 I hope you have a lovely weekend too sweetie.

  2. says

    This is so easy! Pizzas are some favorites at our house and we go through sauce really quick. This recipe looks lovely and I am pinning it for future use … I know the balance of spices will be delicious. My favorite toppings are spinach and artichoke with greek yogurt saucr, but with this tomato sauce, I don’t think I’ll be using it as much!
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    • Lauren says

      Did it taste ok? The cooking time reduces the sauce, making it thicker and more flavorful, so I wonder if it would taste as good without that step…

  3. says

    Yes if you see my latest post i posted the recipe and a picture of it. It tasted perfect. I’m sure it tastes better cooked down, but this faster way for me was perfect and it tasted delicious. I also used it as sauce when i made eggplant parmesan.
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  4. Kim says

    Thank you for another yummy and healthy recipe! This is the first place I look when I want a new recipe–thank you so much!

  5. Dana says

    Hello! I’m making your quinoa pizza crust today and was just wondering if there are any special instructions for soaking quinoa? I’ve never done this before… Thanks! :-)

  6. Dana says

    Thanks, Lauren! I didn’t know there were written instructions (I had only seen your video). I am soaking the quinoa right now and can’t wait to try making this pizza tonight! My son has so many allergies and so pizza is something he hasn’t really been able to enjoy yet. He eats quinoa quite happily though so I’m very excited about your quinoa pizza crust! Thanks so much for the recipe :-) I will definitely be searching your blog for more!

  7. Dana says

    Just want to say, THANK YOU for the quinoa pizza crust recipe. It was a total success :-) Your homemade pizza sauce is delicious, too :-)

  8. Ellen says

    I came across your blog via Pinterest. I am super stoked to try the quinoa crust and this sauce, but I am wondering how long this keeps after you make it? How long can left over sauce stay in the fridge before it goes bad?

    • Lauren says

      Hi Ellen,

      The sauce lasts about 5-7 days in the fridge, but if you freeze it, it can last a month or so. :)

  9. Susan Schwartz says

    I love your recipes! I love your easy-to-follow videos! Everything looks easy to make and all gluten-free! Thanks so much!

  10. Elsje says

    I stumbled on your website through Forks over Knives. You guys and girls are such a blessing and your recipe so easy!!

    Looking forward to that new cauliflower pizza crust recipe, njammiee!!


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