Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time. When pizzas’ on the table, drowning it in ranch ain’t no crime! That’s how that song went, right?
As a kid growing up in the 90s, that Bagel Bites jingle would be a routine occurrence between airings of “All That” and “Keenan and Kel.” Saturday mornings were sacred, house phones were still a thing, and an afternoon spent with your best friend was only a bike ride away.
And who wouldn’t want to start the day with pizza? It is a pivotal element of the food pyramid after all.
Crust = grains
Tomato sauce = veggies
Cheese = vitamin D and Calcium
Now that I’m all grown up (or that’s what people keep telling me) I try to limit my dairy intake. These days I pizza-up my Saturday’s sans the cheese, though you can feel free to take some artistic liberty and layer on that buffalo mozzarella to your heart's content. This pizza is crisp, with a slightly charred crust that compliments the sweet tanginess of tomato sauce, while the aroma of onion and basil proudly announce that summer is here! Bell peppers and oregano pack a flavorful punch, and don’t worry, all of the components will definitely stretch for multiple pizzas. This recipe is really just an assembly list of clean ingredients for a great weekend treat. You can enjoy this recipe and have no regrets because there is no grease, it’s quick, easy, cheap, and you can eat the whole thing yourself! Here is my (un)recipe for onion and bell pepper pizza;
- 1 Premade pizza crust
- 2 Yellow bell peppers
- 1 White onion
- Tomato sauce (Trader Joe’s has a great store brand sauce)
- Fresh basil
- Dried oregano
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Prep your pizza by layering on the tomato sauce, sliced peppers, onions and a light sprinkling of dried oregano. Cook pizza for about 10 minutes, being careful to watch for charing on the crust and veggies. (I like a little char, it makes the pizza taste more authentic.)
When it’s done, place some fresh basil on top and enjoy!
Since there are so few ingredients to this pizza, treating each one with care and consideration will go a long way to creating something that tastes good. This process will be quick, but also cathartic, a nice little break from the push and pull of your busy day. You will be surprised at how fresh and bright this pizza tastes, and, oh yeah, don't forget the ranch!