Keep “Pizza Night” Heart Healthy

  • To reduce the fat and sodium intake on your pizza night, try making your own pizza at home.
  • Use a low-sodium store-bought dough, whole wheat English muffin, or a flatbread that has <5% sodium per serving. Top it with a jarred (not canned) low-sodium pizza sauce and use reduced fat shredded mozzarella sprinkled all over the top. Add your favorite fresh veggies and herbs. Enjoy!    
  • Below is a heart healthy homemade pizza sauce recipe to enjoy.

Homemade Low-Sodium Pizza Sauce

Adapted from HackingSalt.com

1-28 oz. can no-salt-added peeled tomatoes

1-6 oz. can no-salt-added tomato paste 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp dried basil

½ tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp sugar

1 medium yellow onion, cut into chunks

Adapted from HackingSalt.com

Instructions:

  1. Blend the tomatoes in a food processor or blender until mostly smooth.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion, and spices; cook for about 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the tomatoes and paste to the saucepan mixture, then bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the large onion pieces.
  4. Taste and add more dried spices, if desired, to taste.
  5. Your sauce is ready to spread on your favorite pizza dough!