Thursday, October 4, 2012

Semi-Homemade Individual Pita Pizzas

Who doesn't love pizza? Who doesn't love homemade pizza? I love both. As much as I love homemade pizza, often times I just don't want to mess with making the dough from scratch or simply don't have enough time. 

These semi-homemade pizzas are great for a quick and healthy meal or snack. They are easy to assemble and the best part is you can create your own delicious pizza just the way you like it. By using store bought sauce (pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, or white sauce) and crust (pita bread, flatbread, or individual pizza crust), these pizzas are a snap to make. They are great for kids too since they can add their favorite toppings.  

I was in pizza heaven while living in Italy, the birthplace of pizza. The Italians use simple, fresh ingredients. The crust is thin creating a perfect balance of crust and toppings. I know everyone has their own preference when it comes to pizza and some may like a thicker crust, but not me. Give me a thin crust pizza loaded with veggies, and I am one happy girl. 

Tip ~ If you are trying to eat healthy be careful when choosing the crust. Some crusts and flatbreads are not low fat or low calorie. Pita bread seems to be the healthiest option and is my choice when making these pizzas. 

Buon Appetito Pizza!

Semi-Homemade Individual Pita Pizzas
yield: 8 servings
prep: about 15 minutes
bake time: 10-12 minutes 

Store bought pizza or spaghetti sauce ~ any brand will work 
4 flat bread rounds (without pockets), pita bread, or store bought individual pizza crusts
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp snipped fresh basil
Any other toppings you desire (pepperoni, ground sausage, veggies, cheese etc.)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
  2. Place pita rounds on a baking stone or baking sheet. 
  3. Spoon spaghetti sauce on crust leaving about a 1/2 inch border. 
  4. Top pita rounds evenly with tomatoes and cheese and other toppings. 
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are lightly browned. 
  6. Sprinkle with basil. 
  7. Cut pizzas into quarters. 
  8. Serve warm 

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