Easy and Healthy Homemade Pizza Sauce

A great pizza sauce recipe has eluded me for years.

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

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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
Ingredients
  • 3 c. tomato puree
  • 2 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. honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ t. red pepper flakes
  • 1 t. red wine vinegar
Instructions
  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!
Notes
Nutrition facts are based on using coconut sugar. Weight Watchers points (new system): 6
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 230 Fat: 14.3 g Saturated fat: 2 g Unsaturated fat: 12.3 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 22.8 g Sugar: 13.4 g Sodium: 1192 mg Fiber: 4.5 g Protein: 4.1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Bubbling away….

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…blending with my immersion stick

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…and the finished product…

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

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…thank you Mr. Goslin for your helping hands with this shoot. :-D

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! :-D

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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Comments: 23

  1. amber June 7, 2013 at 6:54 am Reply

    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.

    xo,
    –Amber
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    • Lauren June 7, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

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

  2. Anna @ Your Healthy Place June 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm Reply

    I am definitely a homemade marinara sauce convert. No more jarred salty sweet tomato sauce for me! Looks great Lauren xx
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  3. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance June 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply

    I agree…lots of veggies on top. My favorites are onions, mushrooms and broccoli. :)
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  4. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life June 8, 2013 at 4:54 am Reply

    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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  5. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply

    This would be great with some meatballs :)
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  7. Gabby @ the veggie nook June 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm Reply

    SO satisfying when a recipe you have been trying to perfect for ages finally happens. YAY :)
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  9. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom July 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Just made this with a few changes – great!!!
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    • Lauren July 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply

      Thanks Adrienne! It’s the only pizza sauce I use, so I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it. :-D

  10. Rena July 10, 2013 at 12:58 am Reply

    Just made this sauce but shortened it to take literally 5 seconds to make. Thanks!
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    • Lauren July 10, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply

      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…

  11. Rena July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am Reply

    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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    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!

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      Thank you so much Kim, what a great compliment to read! :-) Have a great night!

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