Low carb pizza sauce often gets a bad rap for being bland, but this low carb sauce will change your perception of healthy pizza forever!
Because sauce is a critical component in your low carb pizza…
And this fragrant, delicious low carb pizza sauce is one of my favorite healthy recipes to upgrade your pizza the way it should! It’s one of those low carb recipes that’s rich and savory but slightly sweet — A complex flavor profile that’s bright and sunny, it really works with almost anything.
I can’t wait for you to taste this brilliant pizza sauce! Let’s dive in…
This low carb pizza sauce has so many GREAT qualities. I love that it’s:
- Incredibly easy to make
- You’ll know exactly what’s in it
- It’s unbelievably delicious
- It’ll make your house smell AMAZING!
What can I say? Low carb pizza sauce is DA BOMB!! But really, this recipe uses vegetables to coax out the slightly sweet, mellow flavor we’ve all grown to know and love without sugar and a bunch of other junk.
The right blend of herbs and spices help layer all those rich savory flavors, just like grandma used to make!
Here’s what you need to know before getting started:
The fennel seeds are optional, but I recommend trying them. Despite what you’ve heard, they will NOT make your pizza sauce taste like licorice!
You can use them whole or ground up, both work. However, if you have whole fennel seeds you should crack them just slightly before using them in this recipe, as this releases their fragrant oils and delicious flavors.
Just press on them slightly with the bottom of a pan or even a heavy knife to gently crack them but avoid smashing them.
Sautéing the vegetables is the first step in this recipe, and for good reason. It releases their natural sugars creating a more mellow, naturally sweet flavor while filling the kitchen with all those wonderful aromas.
Cooking this sauce only takes 10-15 minutes but it’s important to maintain a slow and simmer — do this by keeping your heat low, and don’t create a ton of bubbling.
This low heat infuses all the contributing elements (veggies & spices) into the liquid that gives you an intense entourage of flavor.
You can make this sugar free pizza sauce as thick as you like as long as you are slow simmering. The longer you simmer, the thicker it will get.
Tools To Make
Making this incredible low carb pizza sauce doesn’t require any crazy kitchen utensils. Of course, you’ll need a saucepan and something to stir with. I prefer to use a wooden spoon because it doesn’t scratch my cookware.
Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan is preferred, as it distributes heat more evenly. This will make it easier to maintain a slow simmer and prevent scorching your low carb pizza sauce.
Storing your low carb pizza sauce is super simple, if there’s any left over. This stuff is so delicious, its hard to keep around! Putting it in an air-tight container prevents moisture build up and locks in all those intense flavors.
Can You Freeze This?
Of course, you can freeze your low carb pizza sauce! Again, you’ll want to store it in an air-tight container to keep it at its best.
When you’re ready to use it, it’s best to slow thaw it. Tossing it in the fridge the day before usually does the trick.
If you’re meal prepping low carb frozen pizza, spread the sauce on your crust before freezing, for a dinner that’ll be ready when you are!
This low carb pizza sauce is so scrumptious, it works with just about any recipe and it tends to make them BETTER! (Brownie Points)
How Can I Add Vegetables To This?
If you’re like me then you’re always trying to sneak extra veggies into your diet! They add new textures and flavors and they are just so darn good for you!
Feel free to add whatever veggie you’re craving into the mix (saute along with the onions).
Or, use one of my favorite vegetable-heavy recipes as the crust! Zucchini pizza, portobello mushroom pizza and eggplant pizza. These are incredibly delicious, totally healthy pizza recipes that are sure to increase your veggie intake.
How Can I Add Meat To This?
Adding meat to this low carb pizza sauce just makes it tasty enough to bring a tear to your eye!
Again, you can cook the meat and add it to the sauce, or opt for a protein packed crust instead. Making a Meatza will change your perception of healthy pizza forever and topping a chicken crust pizza with this low carb pizza sauce gives savory a new meaning.
How Can I Spice It Up?
Incorporating some heat into your dish is always an option. Adding some jalapenos will do the trick or you can top your dish with red pepper flakes. There’s some heat for you!
How Can I Save Some Carbs?
Saving carbs is possible when it comes to pizza if you have some great recipes!
But instead of cutting out the sauce ingredients, I recommend saving some carbs by using a low carb pizza crust:
Cloud bread pizza is one of the most delicious and lowest carb pizza options, plus it tastes amazing with this low carb pizza sauce! You can also get creative and opt for no crust pizza, this sauce can carry it!
How To Use This Sauce (Beyond Pizza)?
I use this sauce for my low carb pizza casserole, to add tons of flavor between layers of cheese.
It’s also the perfect dipping sauce for cauliflower pizza bites and zucchini pizza bites. Basically, any recipe that calls for pizza sauce is just begging for this 5-star pizza sauce recipe to spruce it up!
Even crustless pizza comes alive with this exquisite sauce…
Low Carb Pizza Sauce
- Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add garlic and onions. Stir constantly so it doesn’t burn. Sauté until translucent (around 10 minutes).
- Add the tomato paste, basil, oregano, fennel, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir the sauce for a few minutes to incorporate.
- Add the can of crushed tomatoes, stir, and cook for about 5 more minutes.
- Turn the heat down to a slow simmer. Cook the sauce for 10-15 minutes, or until it’s as thick as you’d like.
Low carb pizza recipes that save time in the kitchen and actually taste great are like little gold nuggets in your low carb recipe box. Each of these awesome low carb pizza recipes tastes amazing with my special low carb pizza sauce:
- Coconut Flour Pizza Crust
- Fathead Pizza
- Almond Flour Pizza Crust
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- Low Carb Pizza Crust
Once you try this low carb pizza sauce, I’m sure it’ll become a staple in your kitchen! It’s light and fragrant, yet sweet and savory – plus it goes with almost everything and it is so easy to make you won’t believe it (but it tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen)!
Give it a try for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!!!