Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pizza Bread

Pizza Bread was a staple of my childhood! It was one of the few recipes that my dad regularly made.

Tomato-Paste Pizza Sauce

If you are making pizza, either from scratch, from store-bought dough, or if you are making pizza bread, you can use marinara sauce as your pizza sauce. However, marinara sauce is a bit watery as a pizza topping. This recipe makes a thicker sauce that is less likely to leave your crust soggy.

Usually when vegetables are canned, they lose nutrition. Tomatoes are an exception to this rule, however, and tomato paste is the most nutrient-rich form of tomatoes you can find!

1 small can tomato paste
¼ cup water
Dried or minced garlic to taste
Dried or minced onion to taste
Other Italian herbs to taste, such as oregano or basil
(optional) sugar to taste

Mix all of the ingredients, then use in your pizza recipe.

Pizza Bread (quick meal)

You can make your own pizza at home as a quick meal using bread or English muffins. This is a great meal for children, especially if you get them involved in making the pizza.

Toasted bread slices or toasted English muffin halves
Pizza sauce or marinara sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced thin
(optional) pepperoni, chopped greens, cooked sausage, onion, or any other pizza topping that you like!

On top of the toasted bread, add the tomato sauce, cheese, and optional toppings. Put the little pizzas in a casserole dish or on a cookie sheet. Cook them under the broiler or bake at 350 degrees until the cheese melts. Serve and enjoy!

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