7/14/09

Sausage Pizza with Pizza Hut Copy-Cat Sauce and a Special Dessert

Sausage Pizza with Pizza Hut Copy-Cat Sauce and
a side salad


Tuesday night at our house has been Pizza Night for some time. I think it began with us being in Tupelo late on Tuesday afternoons for music lessons. We got in the habit of going by Little Caesar's and picking up one of their $5 one-topping pizzas. I think they're maybe $5.55 now. It's still a great deal, since it feeds our family of four! When we weren't in Tupelo on Tuesday afternoons, I'd just make one. Somewhere along the way, we all just started liking the ones at home better. So, that's what we do now. In the winter, we often have a couple of baked, frozen mozzarella stick each along with the pizza. In the summer, we sometimes add a side salad if we have lettuce that needs eating. Most of the time, we just have the pizza by itself!

We all really liked the pizza tonight! Larry said the sauce tasted more like Pizza Hut's marinara sauce than their pizza sauce to him. He and the kids both want to try it with pepperoni - just to be sure! I think they're just not wanting me to make the pizzas with the stuff on it they don't like as well as I do!!
Whether it tasted like Pizza Hut's sauce -or not, the sauce was good, and it costs about half of what I ususally pay for the generic jarred pizza sauce. So, it's a keeper!! I did use generic cheese. I used a pound of our pre-cook sausage from the freezer that I got on sale for $1.79. I used a coupon on the Pillsbury pizza crust, leaving it around $1.75. There's really no great savings in this pizza made at home verses the $5.55 pizza. However, I can control the calories - the sauce has no fat. Mine has more cheese and meat - which kind of defeats the fewer calories, I guess!! :) The main thing is, we like it better!!

Tonight was an extra special night in the dessert department!!! There was a knock at our door this afternoon, and when I opened the door - there stood Ms. Tonya with M.C.'s Birthday Chocolate Cobbler. Bless Tonya's heart, we all had to restrain ourselves from hugging her to death!!! M.C. was having a "bite" before Tonya was out of the drive!! Thank you, Tonya!! Love ya!!!

Tuesday - Sausage Pizza with Pizza Hut Copy-Cat Sauce


Sausage Pizza with Pizza Hut Copy-Cat Sauce

1 refrigerated pizza crust - I use Pillsbury (I always use a coupon!)
1 lb. browned, drained sausage
2 cups pizza cheese blend.

For Pizza Hut Copy-Cat Sauce, combine the following and allow to sit for one hour, if possible:

2 - 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasonings
1/2 tsp Garlic salt
1 teaspoon sugar*

*The sugar is optional. If you like a sweet sauce, add it. If you prefer a tangier sauce, omit it. It could vary according to the brand of tomato sauce you use, too.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Pat dough onto baking sheet. Spread with sauce. Top with sausage. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with cheese. Return to oven until crust is golden brown, 5 minutes or so.

4 comments:

  1. Hello, Connie--I hopped over here when I saw your comment at Lysa Terkeurst's blog. Her blog is the highlight of my day sometimes. God has really used her and the Proverbs 31 ministry in my life.

    I can't wait to read all your posts! I am a mother of four, and I love to cook, too--I come from a long line of great NC women who, when I was growing up, made meal times some of the most memorable times of my life.

    Blessings to you!

    ♥Susan

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  2. Another comment...

    My husband asked me once if I could make a pizza pie--sort of like the pies Pizza Hut made many years ago.

    I use Chef-Boy-Ardee pizza kits, and get pepperoni from the deli (half the price of buying it in a package, and a million times better tasting!). I buy an extra can of Ragu Pizza Sauce, 10 oz of Mozzarella, and use browned ground beef and Canadian bacon. I mix the beef and sauce, and layer the ingredients over the bottom crust--I try to do two layers of each--and bake at 400 til the top crust is golden. I'm still having a hard time getting the top crust on nicely, but my family LOVES this pizza. I, for one, could eat pizza every day! :)


    I'm bookmarking your blog, Connie. There are too many things for me to read today! Your Jeremiah 29 verse is my life verse as well. I'm really going to enjoy your blog--I can't wait to read the post about shelling peas! You've brought back some memories as well as some practical advice.

    ♥Susan

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  3. Susan,

    Thank you for your kind comments!

    Thanks also for the pizza ideas! We will definitely try them!!

    I love your non-blog!! What a cute idea!

    I will also be trying you Sweet Potato Cake recipe! It made me long for the cooler weather of fall! I don't know what kind of weather you guys are having in NC, but it's hot and humid in MS!

    Thanks again!!

    Many Blessings and Happy Cookin' ~ Connie

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  4. Connie, you will love that Sweet Potato GBC--I ended up making it for every family get together for four months after I originally made it! And they're already asking if I'm going to make it this year...:)

    It was hot today--but we had a nice SW wind blowing, and it helped a lot since it was grass-mowing day at our house. I also went and picked up some Silver Queen sweet corn from my brother-in-law, made some Icebox Pickles with the TONS of cucumbers that my nephew gave me, and I finally pulled a ripe tomato off my vines!

    Hopefully, tomorrow, we will be headed for the beach. We are about an hour's drive from the Outer Banks, so we can go and come in a day. It's our first beach trip this summer, since it's been unusually cool here. I don't have to think too much about supper for tomorrow, since I'll put a pork loin in the crock pot w/ some veggies, and that'll be done by the time I get home.

    I love your "song of the day" idea. Tonight, after a busy day, I'll go to bed singing "Come to Jesus.." It's a favorite of mine.

    Have a great weekend in Mississippi!

    ♥Susan

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