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Mel's Brown Pizza Sauce

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"I live about 1 hour from my favorite pizza joint, so I decided to make my own sauce recipe for the days that I can't have the real thing (because let's face it, nothing beats the real thing). After many attempts (10 full batches, to be exact) at adjusting my recipe, this is what my taste buds came up with. I hope you will give it a try and enjoy it as much as my family and I do. For the ultimate pizza experience use Brothers® pepperoni and Mozzarellissima® pizza cheese."
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1 h 50 m servings 201
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. Working in batches, puree onions, celery, mushrooms, and garlic and 1/4 cup chicken broth in a food processor until smooth, adding more chicken broth as necessary.
  2. Stir vegetable puree and remaining chicken broth together in large pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors blend, about 45 minutes.
  3. Stir tomato paste, oregano, black pepper, sugar, celery salt, basil, onion powder, and seasoned salt into broth mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors blend, about 45 minutes more.
  4. Whisk oil and flour into tomato mixture until pizza sauce is smooth.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For a spicier sauce add more pepper; for a sweeter sauce add more sugar.
  • Freeze the sauce by dividing it into medium freezer bags using 1 cup of sauce per bag. To re-heat frozen sauce, heat in small sauce pan, whisking occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 201 calories; 14.4 17.1 3.4 3 1492 Full nutrition

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I make this sauce on a regular basis. Delish. A taste of home ;)

There is way too much salt in this recipe. The colour is completely wrong. This sauce comes out a fairly bright red, so there's definitely too much tomato paste. I'm making another batch tonight...

This sauce tastes awesome while cooking -- here's to hoping it tastes just as good, if not better, complemented by pizza toppings for a birthday supper I'm having with my lover on Wednesday. I ...