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French Bread Pizzas

These delicious homemade pizzas are absolutely wonderful: they’re a cinch to prepare, they’re infinitely more healthy than frozen pizzas, they’re easy to individualize, and they’re freezable.  Does it get any better than that??  Oh, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.

If you shop the day-old cart in the bakery, you can often find loaves of French or Italian bread for just a dollar.  I picked up a loaf of day-old from Jimmy John’s for just 50 cents.  The problem there is getting out without ordering a sandwich as well, and not eating the bread on the way home.  But I digress.  While you’re shopping, pick up an extra loaf or two and double or triple the batch, freezing the extras.  They will stay good in the freezer for 3 months wrapped in foil.  Just reheat the wrapped pizza in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.

This recipe uses a homemade sauce which takes about 15 minutes to prepare.  If you’re really pressed for time, just pick up a 16-oz can of tomato sauce and add the pepper.

Prep and cook time: 30 minutes     Estimated cost: $3 for 4 pizzas

French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizzas

  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

For the sauce:

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16-oz can whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes with liquid, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.  Break up the tomatoes.  Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice loaf in half horizontally, then again crosswise to form 4 slices.  Place bread on a baking sheet.  Spread sauce over bread slices.  Add toppings (sauteed vegetables, sliced tomatoes, etc) and sprinkle with mozzarella.  Top with oregano.  Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Serves 4

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February 2, 2011 - Posted by | Recipes, Vegetarian | ,

2 Comments »

  1. mmmmhmmm! These look so good! I am for sure going to try them soon. And, probably with the sauce home-made, because it looks great. Also, I probably won’t get the bread from Jimmy John’s because there is NO WAY I could leave there with just bread. Especially not if it is expected to make it all the way home…

    Comment by Amy | February 3, 2011 | Reply

    • Just buy an extra loaf 🙂

      Comment by Becky | February 3, 2011 | Reply


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