Did you know that October is national pizza month? That’s right, folks… The ENTIRE month of October. Pizza is too good for just a day. It gets a whole month!
To me, bad pizza doesn’t exist. It’s really hard to make a “bad” pizza because it always tastes so good no matter what. How can you mess up bread, sauce, and cheese?
The modern pizza was first created in Naples, Italy. Italy’s still on my “countries to visit” list and I’m dying to try the pizza over there. If it’s anything like the bread and pastries in Paris, I’m sure I’ll gain an extra ten pounds whenever I get the chance to visit.
To help with my pizza making, Classico® sent over some sauce and materials for me to join in on my very own Elevate Pizza Night. My DF and I opted to use the Traditional Pizza Sauce because we’re boring like that. Just kidding! We prefer our flavors to come from the toppings. If you’ve got a good sauce, then you don’t have to do much work. This Traditional Pizza Sauce won the Best New Product Award in 2013 from Better Homes and Gardens.
The Creamy White Pizza Sauce won’t be available until Spring 2014, but you can always try out the other flavors meanwhile!
The Traditional Pizza Sauce was packed with flavor. It was also the perfect consistency for spreading on a pizza and staying in place after baking in the oven. It didn’t need any additional herbs or flavorings since it was great alone. I’m not gonna lie, I even ate a spoonful of sauce out of the jar. Totally guilty.
When putting the pizza together, I was torn on whether to put the cheese or the toppings first on top of the sauce. I asked my DF and his response was, “I’m Italian, so toppings and then cheese on top!” That’s the way I assembled the pizza, but I’m still debating on which method I like better.
Do you guys put the toppings or the cheese first?
This is the first time that I’ve used an Epicurean pizza cutter and let me tell you, it is AWESOME! There are no sharp edges to risk cutting fingers, so it’s safe around little ones. It will also cut a straight line that you can see right from the get go because of its long shape. It’s durable, stain resistant, NSF approved, and a “Green” product.
We are obviously meat lovers in this household, but the pizza would have been great with some added bell peppers and mushrooms. My DF doesn’t eat any of that, so sadly, I had to omit them.
You can find other delectable pizza recipes on Classico’s site. What’s your go-to pizza sauce?
Bacon Chicken Pizza with Classico
- 1 package pre-made pizza crust
- drizzle of olive oil
- 1 chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 6 strips bacon, chopped
- 1 jar of Classico traditional pizza sauce
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup shredded light mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drizzle the olive oil on a pizza pan and spread evenly. Roll out the pizza dough on the pan and bake for 7 minutes.
- Cook your bacon and chicken in the same pan on the stove until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
- Remove the pizza crust from the oven and spread the jar of pizza sauce and minced garlic on top.
- Evenly spread the chicken and bacon over the sauce. Put shredded cheese on top.
- Return to the oven and bake for another ten minutes.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve partnered with Classico and received product, coupons, and premium items as part of my participation. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, the opinions expressed are my own.