Easy Family Recipes: Pizza Pizza!

April 20, 2010

Oh, how we love thee, pizza!  Some days, there’s nothing better than ordering pizza for dinner, your favorite combination, with a glass of red wine… But, of course, we are supposed to be making dinner, right?  When I have run out of ideas, I make pizza.  I keep a package of crusts in the freezer and use up whatever is in the fridge, like when I make  Power Pizza.  Here are more ideas for a fun, satisfying dinner.

Veggie Pizza with Asparagus

1 pizza crust
1/2 cup jarred pizza or pasta sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup chopped asparagus
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup finely sliced red onion
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
1 tbs olive oil
salt

Preheat oven to 450°  In a skillet, heat olive oil on low-medium heat.  Add asparagus, bell pepper, and garlic- cook until just tender, about 2-3 minutes, then set aside.  Place pizza crust on baking sheet or pizza stone, and layer it up: sauce, half of the cheese, sauteed veggies, onion, light salt, remaining cheese.  Bake about 10 minutes, cooking pizza until crispy and bubbling.


Pepperoni Pizza

1 pizza crust
1/2 cup jarred pizza or pasta sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 package pepperonis (look for nitrate-free)

Preheat oven to 450° Place pizza crust on baking sheet or pizza stone, and layer it up: sauce, half of the mozzarella cheese, pepperonis, remaining cheeses.  Bake about 10 minutes, cooking pizza until crispy and bubbling.


Personal Pizzas

3 whole English muffins, split in half
1/2 cup jarred pizza or pasta sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
1/2 package pepperonis (look for nitrate-free), chopped
1 cup finely chopped swiss chard leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
garlic salt
1 tbs olive oil

Preheat oven to 450° Place English muffins crust on baking sheet or pizza stone, and layer them up.  For the veggies, layer in this order: cheese, sauce, cheese, light garlic salt, onion, chard, drizzle olive oil, top with cheese.  For the pepperonis: cheese, sauce, cheese, chopped pepperonis, top with cheese.  Bake about 10 minutes, cooking pizza until crispy and bubbling.



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4 Responses to Easy Family Recipes: Pizza Pizza!

  1. pattypunker on April 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    omgahhhhh. that pepp and those personal pizzas are calling me name. this is some wicked late night snack jedi mind game, isn’t it!

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    That’s right! Now, fire up your oven and get your munch on!

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  2. Kim on April 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    English muffin pizza?… Brilliant!!!
    Where do you get your (real) pizza crusts?

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    I get a pack of 2 at Whole Foods- they have regular and whole wheat (the regular is a little lighter in texture). I have also bought the Alvarado Street crusts, but they cost more and are a little bready. I’ve used pizza dough before (both homemade and Trader Joe’s)- for me, that’s more trouble than it’s worth.

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