Friday night is pizza night around here. It will be until my kids (and husband) grow out of the habit. Since we strive to make as many homemade meals as we can to save money, we tend to make our pizzas on pizza night as well. Since we’re located in NJ, there are quite a few pizza joints that we love to order from, but you just can’t beat making your own pizza.
Summer is a great time to start making your own pizzas, since you can make some delectable ones right on the grill. I love to make a few batches of pizza dough, freeze, then thaw the night before pizza night, or when we plan to grill. A grilled pizza is a fun way to keep our Friday tradition going through the warmer months.
If I need a quick snack for the kids, I also make them pizza English muffins. I toast the muffins, spread on the sauce, top with shredded cheese, then microwave for about 30 seconds.
A good pizza needs a good pizza sauce. Here is an easy pizza sauce recipe that we’ve used for years. The best part? This pizza sauce is made from canned tomato paste!
Easy Pizza Sauce (From Tomato Paste)
1 can of tomato paste (6 ounces)
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients until fully incorporated, about 2 to 3 minutes. Place in a glass container, and let sit for at least 2 hours to overnight before first use.
Once ready to use, stir gently, then spread over pizza dough.