17 March 2022
Low-Carb Pizza Sauce
At its most basic, pizza sauce is simply tomato sauce with a few herbs and spices thrown in. To make a low-carb version of this tasty treat, you'll need to pay special attention to two things: the amount of sugar and the amount of starch. While both will add carbohydrates, the sugar may have a greater effect on your blood sugar levels.
Combine 2 cups crushed tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/2 teaspoon dried basil. Chop or crush any whole tomatoes by hand before using them in your sauce. Adjust the amounts as needed to suit your taste preferences.
If you like a sweeter sauce, add an artificial sweetener such as stevia or sucralose instead of sugar. This will keep the carb count low while still offering a sweet flavor in your sauce that's similar to regular pizza sauce.
While much of our pizza crust recipe is dedicated to making a low carb and keto dough, the sauce we use is pretty simple.
The main component of pizza sauce is tomato paste or tomato puree. Tomato paste is made from tomatoes that have been cooked for several hours and then strained to remove the seeds and skins. The resultant thick, rich paste is then seasoned with salt, spices, and other ingredients.
Tomato puree is similar to tomato paste but has a slightly smoother consistency. Pureed tomatoes are also strained after cooking, but not as thoroughly as for tomato paste.
Both tomato products are ideal for making pizza sauce because they have a concentrated flavor and offer a good consistency when cooked.
For this keto pizza sauce we use the following ingredients:
Keto: For low carb pizza sauce, I really like Rao's Tomato Basil. It's about 3 net carbs per half cup serving, and that's pretty darn good for a premade sauce.
LCHF: Raos is still an option, but you can also use Hunt's Tomato Sauce. It's 4 net carbs per half cup serving, and it has no added sugar. You'll probably want to add some herbs and spices in order to make it taste like "pizza sauce," but it gets the job done.
Whole30 / Paleo: This one is easy just choose the tomato sauce that doesn't have any added sugars or other additives. I like Muir Glen Organic, which is Whole30 compliant, but any plain tomato sauce will work.
Low-Carb Pizza Sauce Benefits
The main benefit of low-carb pizza sauce is that it contains fewer carbohydrates than traditional store-bought pizza sauces. Carbs can be problematic for people trying to lose weight, and may be detrimental for those with diabetes.
Another benefit of low-carb pizza sauce is that it still contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for overall health. The tomato base supplies vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system, and lycopene, an antioxidant that helps lower the risk for heart disease and cancer.