This is the easiest last minute pizza sauce! I always forget to buy it at the store, so I whip this up from pantry items I always have on hand. You don’t even have to cook anything. I’ve been making this recipe for years! Never fails. 

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So my oldest daughter Charlotte starts kindergarten tomorrow. I’m over here eating my feelings and Charlotte’s all like

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Here we are in the Target dressing room today. Charlotte has been dressing better than me from day one thanks to fashionable aunts, but this really is just rubbing it in. Where is my fox and deer skirt??

Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce from The Food Charlatan

We only bought one outfit. I couldn’t justify getting any more because I still have to “go through Charlotte’s clothes,” something that’s been on my to-do list for oh, you know, like a year. Her drawers are packed full of clothes that don’t fit her anymore and she already knows to check the tag to make sure it’s the right size before picking something to wear. Am I the only mom who thinks keeping up with kids clothes is the worst chore?

Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce from The Food Charlatan

Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce from The Food Charlatan

We went to an ice cream social at the school a couple days ago and got to meet Charlotte’s teacher. We totally know her! She goes to church with us, how cool is that?? The class is a kindergarten/1st grade combo class. I had never heard of a combo class for kindergarten, do they have that where you are from? She will be one of 7 kindergarteners in a class of 24, the rest are in 1st grade. Crazy right? I’m pretty excited to see how much she learns this year!

Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce from The Food Charlatan

We’ll see if she makes it to her first day though. The other day Eric brought in a flyer from the mail. A WinCo is opening just a few minutes away from our house. The grand opening is tomorrow morning at 9am. Guess when Charlotte’s school starts? That’s right, 9am. But who needs school when you could be bagging a dozen cans of tuna at 61 cents each?? Or $5 big jars of Nutella?? Education, schmeducation. Priorities, guys.

Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce from The Food Charlatan

Welcome to the easiest pizza sauce ever! I’ve been making this recipe for years and it never fails. For some reason pizza is usually a last-minute dinner decision, and I hardly ever have pizza sauce on hand. But I always have cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste, so I throw this together instead of running to the store. It’s so easy, you literally just dump everything in a bowl and stir.

Stay tuned for my post Tuesday. It is dipped in this sauce, and yes it is pizza inspired. It’s the first in a line up of back to school lunch ideas that I will be posting next week! (Here’s the first post! Pepperoni Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls. Perfect for dipping in this sauce!)

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Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 3 Servings
This is the easiest last minute pizza sauce! I always forget to buy it at the store, so I whip this up from pantry items I always have on hand. You don’t even have to cook anything. I’ve been making this recipe for years! Never fails. 


  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, I use the kind in the jar


  • Stir together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add a little water (a tablespoon at a time) if it's thicker than you like.
  • Use a ladle to spread over your pizza dough.
  • Makes about 2 and 2/3 cup, or enough to cover 3-5 small (12-inch pizzas). This totally depends on how saucy you like your pizza!


*Or you can use two 8-oz cans tomato sauce.
If you have leftovers, throw it in a ziplock in the freezer for your next pizza night!
This sauce also makes a great dip!
A few of you have asked for more details on this pizza. The crust is homemade and you can find the recipe on this post.
I used shredded mozzarella for the cheese. The pepperoni is pre sliced, I used the Gallo brand, I think on the East coast it's called Galileo. I will use it from now on because I love how it crisps up!
Source: this recipe is adapted from


Serving: 1pizza | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 11
Keyword: Pizza sauce
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  1. Great sauce. I suggest the addition of 1 tablespoon of fennel seed. It works for us, giving the sauce slightly more character without being overpowering or overly dominant. 

    1. That’s a great idea Robert!! More flavor without making the recipe too complicated. I will try it next time!

    1. Hooray! I love this recipe too, it’s a lifesaver when you need a quick sauce! Thanks for the review LuAnn :)

  2. I just made this with an 8-year-old & a 10-year-old. I told them I got it from your blog and one said “then you should subscribe!”

    Simple & delicious.

  3. So many thoughts: 1. I want a fox and deer skirt! Zoella is so much more fashionable than I am because I would much rather shop for baby clothes than adult clothes – booooring. 2. I still have some 0-3 month onesies in her drawer…she’s 7 months and wearing 12m leggings already so those def don’t fit, but ughhh do I just have to go through it again? Also why can’t clothing brands all get on the same page about sizing? 3. Yes! Combo classes! I was in a 3/4 combo class for half of a year (the older kids made fun of me for being weird so I switched back to my old school – womp womp). 4. No cook pizza sauce? I’m game. Yum!

  4. This is going to be a HUGE hit with my kids. Why have I never thought of making this before? It looks irresistible!

  5. I live in Canada, and my peanut is starting in a junior/senior kindergarten split class next week. I’d never heard of that either. I thinkit will be good though, socially and hopefully educationally. All the best to you all in this new leap!

  6. you can also use a big can of whole tomatoes, just leave the liquid behind and gently squeeze each tomato to release the seeds back into the can before crushing it and putting it in a bowl with the spices. this is how i was taught to make the tomato topping for deep dish! sometimes i throw in some crushed red pepper flakes for spice.

    also, here’s a weird question…how do you get your pepperoni to curl and crisp like that? my partner loves the “pepperoni cups” and i can never get it like that at home.

    anyway, yeah, where can i get charlotte’s skirt? that is too awesome! also, me & my fam are still in touch with my preschool & kindergarten teachers! (i’m 32.) we love them. they had just opened their little school when i went. i was in the second ever kindergarten class. because a lot of kids from preschool had to leave & go to their fancy elementary school kindergartens if they wanted to attend first grade there, my kindergarten class only had FOUR kids in it, including me! i still feel very lucky to have gone there for those two years. (and summers after that!)

    1. Mmm that sauce sounds good, especially with the red pepper in it! Yum. I updated the notes up above for more details on the pizza if you want to check it out. The pepperoni is Gallo brand, and I was happy with how it crisped up too! That is the best!!

      That is so cool that you keep in touch with your kinder teachers! How fun!

  7. It’s only 8:40 in the morning and those pictures of pizza are starving me to death!!! Hope you publish a recipe for that!! Love homemade pepperoni pizza and would love to have your recipe! It looks sooooo good!

    1. Hey Karen, I made your homemade pizza sauce and my husband and I made pizzas over the weekend and the sauce is great but I wasn’t happy with my crust. What kind do you use? Also, do you just use mozzarella or something else? I, too, like another commenter, would like to know how you get your pepperoni to crisp and curl without burning your crust. Thanks!!

      1. Hey Lana! I updated the notes on this recipe so you can see how I made the pizza. The crust is homemade, the cheese is mozzarella, and the pepperoni is Gallo brand. Hope this helps! I’m glad you liked the sauce!

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