Quick Pizza Nights

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Ready for a relaxing night of pizza and a movie? Need a quick pizza night? Follow these tips for tasty pizza without a lot of work.

This post is sponsored by Bertolli in conjunction with Kroger’s Taste of Italy celebration. All text and opinions are mine.

Tasty Shortcuts to a Quick Pizza Night | Good Cheap Eats

One of our family’s favorite traditions or weekly rituals is Friday Pizza Night. I’ve been making homemade pizza for almost twenty years. That means we’ve had a lot of pizza and we know what works for our family of 8 and our busy schedule.

Some weeks Pizza Night is a leisurely affair when I have no qualms about taking a few hours to make hand-stretched dough and a slow simmered sauce. And there are other weeks when I really want, need, desire, mandate a short cut, a quick pizza night.

While some might say, “Just go get a pizza for that place around the corner,” that’s just not our style. The taste of homebaked is so much better! Plus, I get to control the ingredients that go on our pizza pies.

Quick Pizza Night Tips

When I want a quick pizza night, I lean on a few convenient ingredients to keep things streamlined while still uber-tasty. Plus, it’s always more fun when you can “decorate” your own pizza.

Tasty Shortcuts to a Quick Pizza Night | Good Cheap Eats

These ingredients are for the most part, freezer-friendly or shelf stable which makes it easy for me to delegate the pizza making, whether I’m home or not. I can also keep extras on hand for those nights, you know the ones, that don’t go according to plan.

Here are some of the ingredients I keep on hand for quick pizza-making:

Quick Pizza Bases

While homebaked crust is delicious, I love to have some shortcuts, like these:

  • pita bread
  • tortillas
  • English muffins
  • French rolls
  • bagels (my kids love the mini ones!)
  • frozen pizza crusts
  • zucchini or portabello mushrooms

Quick Pizza Toppings

The beauty of homemade pizzas is that you can choose whatever toppings you like! Here are some that we typically have on hand.

  • spaghetti sauce
  • shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • sliced olives
  • sliced pepperonis
  • sliced peppers
  • sliced mushrooms
  • sliced onions

Tasty Shortcuts to a Quick Pizza Night | Good Cheap Eats

Last weekend life was just crazy, so I knew I needed me a quick pizza night — if we were going to have a pizza night at all!

Since my local Ralphs was hosting a Taste of Italy extravaganza, I was able to pick up some yummy Italian-inspired goodies, including Bertolli’s Tuscan-inspired Tomato-Basil Sauce, shredded mozzarella, and some pizza bases, like French rolls and bagels.

Needless to say, pizza night was a hit! These individually-sized pizzas are so easy to make, I am considering adding them to the lunchtime rotation. I’m pretty sure that no child will argue with me on that point.

Tasty Shortcuts to a Quick Pizza Night | Good Cheap Eats

Bertolli pasta sauce is currently part of the Taste of Italy program at your local Kroger, Ralphs for those of us in California. The program lasts through the 11th. You’ll find the pasta sauce on sale, making it even easier to stock up for your next quick pizza night.

What’s YOUR favorite quick pizza idea?

Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time spent writing this post. All opinions are my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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