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Easy Pizza

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Easy Pizza

Author Notes

I’m trying to get my kids more involved with dinner prep, primarily to peak their interest in food. And what better place to start than a quick & easy pizza? Here is a basic recipe that your kids could help prepare and you wouldn’t mind digging into either. It sports an all-natural premade crust and a delish homemade sauce, starting with a rich base of garlic, tomato paste, and oregano, and simmered low and slow with San Marzano tomatoes. Because if kids love anything about pizza, it’s a good sauce covered in cheese. Enjoy in two varieties – mozzarella & basil; and mozzarella & pepperoni. —Feed Me Dearly

  • Serves
  • For the pizza sauce

  • 3 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons

    tomato paste

  • 15 ounces

    canned tomato sauce

  • 28 ounces

    canned crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano

  • 1 teaspoon


  • 1 teaspoon


  • 1 tablespoon


  • Black pepper

  • For the pizza

  • 2

    12-inch prepared pizza crusts (such as Rustic Crust)

  • 4 tablespoons

    olive oil, divided

  • 3 cups

    pizza sauce, divided

  • 1

    large ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced

  • 10

    fresh basil leaves, torn

  • 12 ounces

    shredded mozzarella

  • 4 ounces

    thin-sliced pepperoni

  1. For the sauce:
    Heat oil in a medium saucepan on med-high heat. When oil is warm, add the garlic and sauté, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, and sauté for another minute.
  2. Add the cans of tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes along with the salt, sugar, oregano and a few grinds of black pepper. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for an hour to allow the sauce to concentrate and the flavors to marry.
  3. For the pizzas:
    Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  4. Place pizza crusts on individual baking sheets.
  5. When your sauce is done, brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil on each crust. Next add 1.5 cups of sauce to each crust.
  6. On Pizza #1, add the sliced fresh mozzarella and scatter the basil leaves.
  7. On Pizza #2, add the shredded mozzarella, and top with the pepperoni. This makes a very cheesy pizza– if you’re not a fan of lots of cheese, you can easily get away with less.
  8. Turn your oven down to 425 degrees and pop both pizzas in the oven. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.

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