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