Zesty Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Beth Dauenhauer of Pueblo, Colorado writes, "Besides using this as a pizza sauce, I also use it as an all-purpose pasta sauce. I freeze it in small portions and defrost as needed."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:21 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon each dried basil, marjoram, oregano and thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoons equals 23 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 198 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large nonstick saucepan, saute the green pepper, onion, carrot and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until sauce reaches desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cool slightly. In a food processor, process sauce in batches until blended. Spread desired amount over a pizza crust, or cool and then refrigerate or freeze. Sauce may be frozen for up to 3 months. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Zesty Pizza Sauce in Light & Tasty

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