Make Pizza Night something to write home about with this easy recipe for Cheese Pizza with Homemade Sauce. Part of the secret is the blend of cheeses.
Pizza Night is a Highlight of Our Week
Usually I spend late Friday afternoons assembling the makings of homemade pizza which I bake in the oven. We enjoy it with Ranch dressing and veggies or a ChiChi’s Italian Salad. Then after kitchen clean-up (or not), we watch a movie and enter into the weekend.
When I first tried my hand at homemade pizza, it was a terrible failure. I gave it a few tries and then gave up. But, my friend Jessika always served great homemade pizza that it inspired me to try it again. Twelve years later, it’s a regular on our menu.
At first glance, cheese pizza can seem kind of boring. But, with a mix of cheeses — we like mozzarella and monterey jack — and a homemade sauce, even the humble cheese pizza can be something special.
Make Your Own Sauce Ahead of Time
I usually have several pints or quarts of my crockpot red sauce ready to go in the freezer. It’s a multi-purpose sauce that works for pizza, lasagna, and pasta. But, when I want to make things a little extra special, I mix up a bulk batch of this pizza sauce. Freeze what you don’t use for next time.
Once you’ve got your sauce mixed up and a batch of homemade pizza dough, you’re ready to making a rocking cheese pizza. The idea for the mix of cheeses is one that the Pizza Man Jerry from ChiChi’s in Santa Clarita told me about. It makes a huge difference to the taste of the pizza. Love this!
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Easy Cheese Pizza with Homemade Pizza Sauce
Cheese pizza may sound simple but it can taste amazing with a blend of cheeses and this homemade sauce.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- one batch basic dough = makes four medium sized pizzas or three large
- 2 cups pizza sauce
- 1/2 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 pound shredded monterey jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 475°.
- Prepare dough according to recipe directions. Grease baking pans. Divide dough into three or four portions and stretch to fit into pan. (Yes, a video is coming.)
- Spread 1/2 to 2/3 cup of sauce onto each pizza round. Top with cheese.
- Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is gooey and golden.