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Healthy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipes

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The signature of a truly delicious and healthy pizza isn't just its crust (see here for some healthy pizza dough recipes!) or its varied healthy toppings. No, it's the sauce that ties everything together.

Cooks and pizza aficionados tend to guard their pizza sauce recipes carefully, but I'm here to share with you some of my favorite pizza sauce recipes, each of which has pleased the palettes of my friends and family for years.

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Tomatoes are the most popular base for pizza sauces, but white and oil-based sauces are gaining in popularity as of late, too.

Tomatoes are the most popular base for pizza sauces, but white and oil-based sauces are gaining in popularity as of late, too.

Basic Pizza Sauce Recipe

Active Time: 5 Minutes | Yield: 1 Pizza

  • 1 small (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small (8 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic—minced
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or salt substitute)

Directions

Mix and spread over crust.

OPTIONAL: Heat small saucepan over low heat. Add all ingredients and mix together well. Allow ingredients to simmer for at least 15 minutes.


The fresher the herbs and spices, the more complex and interesting the flavors of the sauce.

The fresher the herbs and spices, the more complex and interesting the flavors of the sauce.

Classic Pizza Sauce Recipe

Active Time: 10 minutes | Yield: 1 Pizza

  • 3 Roma Tomatoes—diced (or 1 10 oz. can of diced tomatoes)
  • 1 small yellow onion—chopped
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic—minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine (vegetable broth or water are suitable substitutes)
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or salt substitute)
  • 1 tsp dried (1 TBS fresh) oregano
  • 1 tsp dried (1 TBS fresh) basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) rosemary

Directions

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Once pan has warmed, pour the olive oil into the pan and allow it a few seconds to heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until transparent and lightly browned—5 to 8 minutes.

Add minced garlic, diced tomatoes, and red wine (or substitute). Use the liquid and your spatula to scrape up any browned bits of onion on the pan. Add all of the spices. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

If you like a thicker sauce, allow sauce to simmer uncovered for several additional minutes until it reaches your desired consistency.


The key to a great white sauce is vigorous whisking as the milk is added to the flour and water.

The key to a great white sauce is vigorous whisking as the milk is added to the flour and water.

Basic White Pizza Sauce

Active Time: 10 Minutes | Yield: 1 Pizza

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  • 1 TBS unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 TBS whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or salt substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove—minced
  • 1 tsp dried (1 TBS fresh) basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) oregano
  • 1/4 cup (1 to 2 oz) Parmesan cheese—grated

Directions

Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once butter has melted and warmed, add flour and mix until thoroughly combined.

Adding a little at a time and whisking vigorously, add the milk to the flour-butter mixture. Add garlic, herbs, and cheese, mixing thoroughly. Let cook for 1 to 3 minutes, or until sauce has thickened sufficiently.


Coconut milk contributes a sweet, creamy flavor.

Coconut milk contributes a sweet, creamy flavor.

Roast Garlic & Coconut Milk White Sauce

Active Time: 10 Minutes | Yield: 1 Pizza

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 (10 oz.) can of light coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried (1/2 TBS fresh) basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or salt substitute)
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F. Wrap whole heads of garlic in foil, place on a baking sheet, and bake for about 45 minutes. Unwrap and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting off the bottom of the head and squeezing out the roasted garlic.

Mix roasted garlic with the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.

OPTIONAL: Gently heat sauce over low heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.


Olive oil sauces are best paired with cheese, veggie, or chicken breast toppings.

Olive oil sauces are best paired with cheese, veggie, or chicken breast toppings.

Basic Olive Oil Pizza Sauce

Active Time: 5 Minutes | Yield: 1 Pizza

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp (1 TBS fresh) rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp (3/4 tsp fresh) thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves—minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or salt substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Directions

Whisk ingredients together and brush over pizza crust.

OPTIONAL: Heat a saucepan over low heat. Add all ingredients and allow to warm gently for 5 minutes before removing from heat.

Leftovers may be used to marinate chicken or as a salad dressing.

Herbed Olive Oil Pizza Sauce

Active Time: 5 Minutes | Yield: 1 Pizza

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic—minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried (3/4 tsp fresh) basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried (3/4 tsp fresh) oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried (3/4 tsp fresh) parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried (3/4 tsp fresh) rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or salt substitute)

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and brush over pizza crust.

OPTIONAL: Heat saucepan over low heat. Add all ingredients and warm gently for about 5 minutes.

Leftovers may be used to marinate chicken or as a salad dressing.

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Comments

Ruth from St. Paul. MN on April 28, 2015:

I enjoy watching your video on how to make pizza dough. I looks awful good!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 20, 2014:

Hi, theseattlegirl,

What a fantastic read. I am a pizza freak. I love any story connected to pizza and you nailed it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and away for you deserved it.

Now I am very hungry.

Check your fan mail.

And please, check one or two of my hubs and then please be one of my followers.

I would love it.

Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 15, 2014:

Look great and I love sauces on pizza most of all. Thank you.

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on November 11, 2013:

Great recipes. Thank you for sharing.

Shelly (author) on September 12, 2013:

@ VVanNess

When I have the time and space, I actually prefer to make my own tomato sauce!

However, many No Salt Added varieties of tomato paste/sauce are on the market, and I actually prefer these when I don't have some homemade stuff available.

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on July 31, 2013:

Always tried making pizza sauces at home. But, failed. These recipes seems to be easy and yummy too ! Will try them out soon.

Thanks for sharing :)

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on April 04, 2013:

This recipe for red pizza sauce is interesting. I'm sure it takes good, but wouldn't you be worried about the additional salt you are taking in using canned tomato products rather than actual fresh tomatoes?

I love it though! Thank you!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 30, 2012:

I'm always looking for new pizza sauce recipes. The wine sounds like the key in the classic, and the roasted garlic and coconut milk white sauce sounds absolutely intriguing! Will definitely try it. Voted up and across the board except funny, of course.

L M Reid from Ireland on April 28, 2012:

Definitely going to try your Basic Olive Oil Pizza Sauce. Your instructions for making it are very easy to follow.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and useful

Milli from USA on March 29, 2012:

Wow! The Roast Garlic & Coconut Milk White Sauce sounds really good. Thanks for posting, I wanna try all of them. Very useful and voted up!

jenniferg78 from Philadelphia, PA on February 08, 2012:

I made pizza dough, the classic sauce (amazingly delicious) and cut up lots of veggies, added some cheese= delicious dinner that was relatively health. The sauce was really good- and pretty easy. I love the smell as it simmers away :) Thanks for the great recipe.

Shelly (author) on February 07, 2012:

@ytseoh: I wish I could put the olive oil sauces on just about everything. They work great for marinades and for brushing on chicken as it is grilled, too. I keep a little basil plant in my kitchen so I can always have something a little fresh with my pizzas. I'm right there with you!

@jenniferg78: Do give it a try. It's so easy, but it's amazing how much better it tastes than the canned stuff. It's much healthier, too--low sodium, low sugar, and nothing but flavor. :)

jenniferg78 from Philadelphia, PA on February 07, 2012:

I am trying the "classic" sauce tonight. Sounds yummy and not to hard!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on January 30, 2012:

Very good hub! I want the olive oil sauce! It all sounds so good. I love fresh pizza with fresh spices on it like basil. Yum! Thank you.

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