Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shortcuts. Last-Minute Homemade Pizza

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I had been busy all day, so I had not given much thought to supper.  Fortunately, my son had other plans and neither my husband nor I were very hungry. I poured a glass of red wine, and we talked about our day as I perused the pantry and fridge for ideas.

I settled on a homemade flatbread pizza.  Well, not completely homemade ... I took a short cut and used a store-bought crust.  The Italian Artisan Pizza Crust made by Stonefire is as good as any crust that I can make  - and I had one in my pantry.

Less than half an hour later, we were eating a flatbread pizza that my husband and I both thought was delicious. Quick. Easy. Yummy. Satisfying.  A perfect Meatless Monday or any weeknight (or weekend) meal!  Of course, I had to name the recipe after my blog.

Made in a Few Moments Flatbread Pizza


(Feel free to vary these according to what you have on hand! You could make the crust from scratch, but we were really happy with the one I bought.)
  • Stonefire Italian Artisan Pizza Crust 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped into narrow slices
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, chopped into narrow slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 slices monterey jack cheese (cut into narrow strips) (or shredded mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese 
  • 2 or 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp dried oregano).
  • freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet.  
  • Add chopped onion and pepper slices, and garlic.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until caramelized.
  • While sautéing vegetables, place pizza crust directly on rack 1/3 from bottom of oven. Bake crust for 6- 8 minutes, then remove from oven.
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp olive oil evenly over crust.
  • Space strips of sliced cheese evenly over the top of oiled crust.
  • Spread sautéed vegetable mixture evenly over top of the cheese slices. 
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over vegetable mixture.
  • Lay tomato slices over top of shredded cheddar, spacing them evenly.
  • Sprinkle all over with shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Bake pizza an additional 8 minutes, until golden, and cheese has melted. 
  • Cut with a pizza cutter into squares, season with freshly ground salt and pepper, and serve.

Voila! Dinner was served, and the only dishes used were a frying pan, a cutting board, and a knife, rubber spatula and a pizza cutter!  My husband couldn't stop commenting about how much he enjoyed the simple meal. 

Just a reminder though, if you are serving this to hungry teenagers, you better make more than one!

Do you have a favorite homemade pizza topping?

This post may be linked to one of the great link-up parties I follow and list on my blog. Check them out!


  1. Every once in a while I'll use a Molinaro's thin crust pizza shell and top it with pesto sauce, tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms and chopped up precooked bacon topped with shredded soy mozzarella. Fast and delicious.

  2. Yummo. I really like basil added to a pizza - and my brother swears by artichokes...

    1. I usually add basil too - but sadly the last of the supply from my garden is gone. I did still have some oregano though! I have used artichokes as well!

  3. Yummy! I love getting new ideas for our Meatless Mondays! :) Thanks for a great suggestion!

    1. I think you will like this one, Sally! I will be making it again!

  4. This looks so good! I'm impressed that you were able to look in your pantry and come up with something so delicious - I could not do that. Will definitely give this a try, and impress everybody at my house!

    1. My only response to your compliment, Lana: Necessity is the mother of invention! I think you would enjoy this and find it quick and easy to make :) The timesaver is the pre-made crust!

  5. I clicked over from the other post and forgot to tell you I will definitely use the party supply for my "after babies finally come home party". I hate to admit this I have never eaten a flatbread pizza in my life. I usually prefer deep dish but this looks amazing! I pinned it, besides the usual shares, because I am definitely going to try this one out!!!! Now I'm starving and it's only 8:30 in the morning!!!!

    1. Sorry to make you hungry, Rena! I can't wait to hear all about the "after babies finally come home" party! I have a soft spot in my heart for premature twins, as I was one myself! Hope they are getting stronger!


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