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Garden-Fresh Pizza Sauce

This sauce is so healthy because of all the vegetables in it," writes Helen Lipko of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. "I freeze it in 1-cup portions so it's always on hand for quick pizzas."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
  • Makes
    6 cups


  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


  • In a large nonstick saucepan, saute the mushrooms, onion and peppers in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until sauce reaches desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in pepper; cook 5 minutes longer. Spread desired amount over a pizza crust, or cool and then refrigerate or freeze. Sauce may be frozen for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
3 tablespoons: 25 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.

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  • dlyn9smith
    May 21, 2014

    This is a good start recipe for Pizza Sauce. I used fresh herbs, instead of the dried herbs as listed. I used a tablespoon of fresh sweet basil and a tablespoon of fresh oregano chopped finely. Also, instead of having the onions and mushrooms in the sauce, I sauteed onions and mushrooms and put them on the pizza. I did not use the green peppers, because I am allergic to them. I cooked the sauce in my Crockpot on high for 2 hours to marry all the flavors. I, also, froze the remaining sauce. The sauce was delicious.

  • 5617thst
    Apr 16, 2010

    Thank you Helen for a great sauce recipe! And for ''reminding'' me to make it in quantity to freeze....duh. ;)