Mel's Brown Pizza Sauce


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
24 servings


  • 4 onions, roughly chopped, or more to taste

  • 3 stalks celery, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 5 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 3 (900 ml) cartons chicken broth, divided

  • 3 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • ½ cup dried oregano

  • ¼ cup ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons celery salt

  • 2 teaspoons basil

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


  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
14g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 1492mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 533mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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