For the past month or two (or maybe longer) Little Bit has been asking me to make “pizza bread” for dinner. I made it once a long time ago and it was apparently one of her favorite incarnations of pizza that I have made.
I’ve resisted making it because, frankly, it was a lot of trouble. Making the dough, letting it rise, rolling it out, chopping up all the ingredients, etc. And it has just seemed like we were too busy to bother making it again.
But she has persisted in asking and so, when I saw that the grocery store had French bread dough on sale last week, I decided to try an experiment.
And it worked!
Super easy, super fast pizza bread!
A perfect weeknight dinner idea, ready within 45 minutes and so very tasty. Almost as good as the made-from-scratch version. The family loved it and I loved how easy it was.
Here are the cast of characters:
Not pictured, frozen bell peppers (chopped) and Italian seasoning.
The most difficult part of making this dish (and seriously, this is not difficult) was unrolling the bread dough.
Once I unrolled the dough, I sprinkled it with the mozzarella cheese blend and added the toppings. We like sausage, pepperoni and bell peppers. I was super lazy last night and used frozen bell peppers that SuperMan had chopped for me when we only needed half of a pepper for a recipe.
(I hadn’t put the cheese on yet in this picture)
Once I had all the toppings in place, I rolled the bread back up into a loaf, sealed the seams and the ends and popped it into the oven. I baked it at 350 for about 35 minutes.
While that was baking I warmed up some spaghetti sauce I had left over from another recipe. You could certainly use jarred sauce if you have that, too.
Once it was finished, we sliced the bread and gobbled it up.
And I mean, literally gobbled. I didn’t get a single picture of the finished product!
Seriously, though, this was so easy and perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
I hope you give it a try.
Quick and Easy Pizza Bread
Pillsbury prepared French bread dough
Shredded Italian cheese blend
Cooked sausage crumbles (I used Jimmy Dean frozen turkey sausage crumbles)
chopped bell pepper
any other pizza toppings you like
- Unroll the bread dough. (I did this on my silpat baking mat. If you do it on your counter be sure you spray it with cooking spray first so it won’t stick)
- Sprinkle about 1 cup of cheese on the dough
- Add your toppings
- Roll the bread dough back up, sealing the seams and the ends. Score the top with 2-3 shallow slices to allow for expansion in the oven.
- Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool for about 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving with warmed spaghetti sauce.