Easy Weeknight White Pizza.

This is the easiest white pizza recipe! Puff pastry gives it a super flaky, delicious crust and it’s so simple. Garlicky, cheesy and topped with sliced tomatoes, this is so delish to throw together after a busy day. Raise your hand if you love white pizza! I know it’s technically not a weeknight today BUT! […]

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This is the easiest white pizza recipe! Puff pastry gives it a super flaky, delicious crust and it’s so simple. Garlicky, cheesy and topped with sliced tomatoes, this is so delish to throw together after a busy day.

Raise your hand if you love white pizza!

easy weeknight white pizza

I know it’s technically not a weeknight today BUT! I wanted to have this all lined up for you in case you wanted to add it to your meal plan for next week. Or just have something SO easy and delicious to throw together over the weekend.

puff pastry, cheese and tomatoes

I’ve made many white pizzas on the blog before but this one comes close to our all-time favorite. Which is hilarious because it’s embarrassingly easy. It doesn’t even use real pizza dough!

And I clearly have a white pizza obsession, considering that I’ve done white pizza dip and white pizza pull-apart bread and white pizza lasagna. It has been a staple of pizza night in my family since I was a kid, so the flavors are nostalgic and comforting. And delicious! 

easy weeknight white pizza

I based this on my family’s favorite white pizza EVER. We’re talking a white pizza that has been everyone’s favorite for 30 years, maybe? A super long time. 

The crust is very flaky and pastry-like. It’s actually the reason that I first started using puff pastry as a cheaters pizza crust over a decade ago. Puff pastry is really the only way to easily mimic a flaky pizza crust, plus it tastes fantastic. Of course. 

And I think we all know how much I adore it! (Everyday Dinners may have six recipes with puff pastry… oops!)

easy weeknight white pizza

The white pizza that I’m referencing is fairly garlicky. If that kind of thing bothers you, just use less! It’s such a simple pizza too. Everyone LOVES it. 

easy weeknight white pizza

This is what you need for the weeknight white pizza: 

  • Puff pastry! I sound like a broken record since it is so frequently talked about here on the blog, but it’s super versatile. My favorite brand is the Wewalka puff pastry. The Wewalka one has no perforations and is just one large sheet. I absolutely LOVE it. And I find that it works best when you want to use puff pastry as a sheet, as opposed to cut outs, etc. 
  • I do a quick little garlic oil. Just olive oil and garlic, plus a pinch of crushed red pepper if you like it. Just a pinch. We’re not looking for heat here! 
  • Slice tomatoes, which we salt to remove a bit of the moisture. We don’t want them all wet on the puff pastry. And since we do this, they don’t have to be garden fresh or anything. You could get away with some of those less-than-ideal tomatoes from the grocery store in the winter. Because we’re salting and baking them! 
  • Cheese cheese cheese. I like to use a mix. Either freshly grated mozzarella or provolone works. You can use a bag of italian blend cheese. I don’t love bagged shredded cheese because it never melts as nicely as freshly grated, but if you like to use it, I highly suggest Tillamook. They make the best! I also do lots of parmesan too.
  • A sprinkle of dried herbs like basil or italian seasoning is great here too.

easy weeknight white pizza

The downside is that this doesn’t make a ton of pizza for a group. It serves two nicely especially if you have a salad on the side. It serves one if you’ve had A WEEK. It’s best when eaten right after making, but it’s still okay when reheated the next day in the oven. 

easy weeknight white pizza

I know I have a lot of favorites but I have to say that this is probably in my top ten favorite recipes of all time. It’s easy. And flavorful. It’s just simple and classic and lovely to eat. (more…)

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Trader Joe’s Pizza Bread Cheese Is As Delicious As I Feared

Maybe you’ve never heard of bread cheese, let alone pizza bread cheese. Maybe before you saw the package in Trader Joe’s you assumed it might mean cheese on top of bread, or bread stuffed with cheese, or maybe bread that has been somehow transmogrified into cheese. But no: Bread cheese, also known as juustoleipä, a Finnish delicacy, is a mild, buttery cheese.

What makes bread cheese really special is its texture. Like Halloumi or paneer, it’s a cheese that you can griddle without melting. That means you can get a delicious crispy crust on the cheese before you eat it.

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Maybe you’ve never heard of bread cheese, let alone pizza bread cheese. Maybe before you saw the package in Trader Joe’s you assumed it might mean cheese on top of bread, or bread stuffed with cheese, or maybe bread that has been somehow transmogrified into cheese. But no: Bread cheese, also known as juustoleipä, a Finnish delicacy, is a mild, buttery cheese.

What makes bread cheese really special is its texture. Like Halloumi or paneer, it’s a cheese that you can griddle without melting. That means you can get a delicious crispy crust on the cheese before you eat it.

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Italians Hated Pizza for Centuries—Tourism Changed Everything

Sometime around the 12th century BCE, Troy fell to the Greeks. As the Roman poet Virgil recounts the story, the mythical hero Aeneas then fled his ravaged city aboard an uncooperative ship with a motley crew. The son of a goddess and a prince, he carri…

Sometime around the 12th century BCE, Troy fell to the Greeks. As the Roman poet Virgil recounts the story, the mythical hero Aeneas then fled his ravaged city aboard an uncooperative ship with a motley crew. The son of a goddess and a prince, he carried the ancestral burden of begetting a lineage of rulers in a foreign land. After many days at sea, Aeneas and his band disembarked on the shores of Latium (where many generations later, Rome would be founded). Exhausted and famished, they hastily prepared a meal. So hungry, the crew even ate their plates.

Admittedly, these plates would have been like trenchers, sturdy supports made of baked dough. When dry, they still posed a substantial dental challenge—akin to those ornaments made out of salt dough. In theory, they were edible, but eating your dishware was still considered uncouth. Aeneas looked on incredulously, as his men voraciously gnawed on their plates, like dogs with a rawhide bone, when suddenly he remembered the prophecy his father had foretold: When you find yourself in a foreign land and are so driven by hunger that you eat your own plates, that is when you can hope for home. They had found the “Promised Land.”

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14 Pro-Approved Pizza Tools for the Best At-Home Pies

There’s no way around it: making pizza is hard! Take it from me—a lifelong cook from one pizza hotspot (New Haven adjacent) now living in another pizza mecca (New York City) who’s eaten vast and varied slices in her hay day and still can only mus…

There's no way around it: making pizza is hard! Take it from me—a lifelong cook from one pizza hotspot (New Haven adjacent) now living in another pizza mecca (New York City) who's eaten vast and varied slices in her hay day and still can only muster up ho-hum dough slabs in her home kitchen. It takes time, effort, and patience, and pop culture presents this notion that you have to drop everything to become a pizza maker's apprentice in Italy in order to learn all the secrets.

As alluring as that sounds, I can’t just hop on a plane tomorrow, so I did the next best thing and consulted a few NYC-based pizza pros to let me in on a few tips and tools that at-home enthusiasts need to mix, proof, bake, and slice some pretty incredible pies. Their recommendations range between simple tools like squeeze bottles and investment pieces like the Baking Steel. If you already cook and bake like clockwork, there’s a good chance you already have some of the essentials. And if you don’t, grabbing them will only strengthen your kit for all your cooking projects whether it’s artisanal pizza or rainbow cookies

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The Case for Making Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

The Perfect Loaf is a column from software engineer turned bread expert (and Food52’s Resident Bread Baker) Maurizio Leo. Maurizio is here to show us all things naturally leavened, enriched, yeast-risen, you name it—basically, every vehicle to slather …

The Perfect Loaf is a column from software engineer turned bread expert (and Food52's Resident Bread Baker) Maurizio Leo. Maurizio is here to show us all things naturally leavened, enriched, yeast-risen, you name it—basically, every vehicle to slather on a lot of butter. Today, he’s discussing the pros and cons of whole-wheat pizza dough.


The longer I bake bread and cook pizza, the more I find I like increasing the whole-grain percentage in the dough. Sure, there’s an undeniable charm that comes with the classic Italian way: a 00-flour-based pizza that’s cooked at a super-high temperature, resulting in an exceedingly soft texture, tall rise, and open, airy crust. And while my sourdough bread almost always has some whole-grain component, lately, I’ve been pushing the whole grains in my naturally leavened pizza dough as well. Swapping out some white flour is an easy way to bring flavor to the next level: The added bran and germ mixed into the dough brings deeper grain flavors (read: nutty, earthy, and a touch of minerality), and when coupled with lengthy natural fermentation, you get a one-two punch of flavor and nutrition.

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Pear Brie Flatbread

I am so excited to be sharing this Pear Brie Flatbread recipe. It is actually a recipe from our cookbook, but it’s just too good not to share on the blog too! FYI, our cookbook has 100 recipes that aren’t on the blog and 15 favorites from t…

I am so excited to be sharing this Pear Brie Flatbread recipe. It is actually a recipe from our cookbook, but it’s just too good not to share on the blog too! FYI, our cookbook has 100 recipes that aren’t on the blog and 15 favorites from the blog. If you don’t have a copy,…

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Easy Taco Pizza

If you are looking to shake up your regular taco night or pizza night, make Taco Pizza! You get the best of both worlds in one EASY recipe! Top flatbread with refried beans, salsa, taco meat, and lots of cheese! Add on your favorite taco toppings and e…

If you are looking to shake up your regular taco night or pizza night, make Taco Pizza! You get the best of both worlds in one EASY recipe! Top flatbread with refried beans, salsa, taco meat, and lots of cheese! Add on your favorite taco toppings and eat it up! This is a great recipe…

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Vodka Sauce Pizza.

We love this vodka sauce pizza! Flavorful crust topped with perfect vodka sauce and fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle with basil and parmesan. It’s absolutely incredible. Is there anything better than pizza friday?!  I think not! We live for pizza friday… or any pizza day, really. The kids absolutely love making their own pizzas. We turn it […]

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We love this vodka sauce pizza! Flavorful crust topped with perfect vodka sauce and fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle with basil and parmesan. It’s absolutely incredible.

Is there anything better than pizza friday?! 

vodka sauce pizza

I think not! We live for pizza friday… or any pizza day, really. The kids absolutely love making their own pizzas. We turn it into a whole fun assembly line thing – roll your own dough, add your toppings make your own pizza! It’s something we all look forward to. 

Plus, the tend to eat more variety when they make the pizzas themselves!

vodka sauce in a skillet

Speaking of variety, these pizza photos don’t have much. I mean, it’s sauce and cheese for a reason. And let me tell you about that reason! 

It’s all about the VODKA SAUCE.

dough with sauce and cheese

Why is vodka sauce SO good? It’s so rich and thick and wonderful. When I first started making my vodka sauce pasta, we literally wanted to eat it every week. It is that incredible. 

And somehow, it wasn’t until recently that I thought about putting the vodka sauce on pizza.

How on earth did I miss this?

vodka sauce pizza

A few months ago we got a vodka sauce pizza and it was unreal. We’re talking next-level wonderful. The entire pizza went that night between four adults. And it was incredibly simple. The vodka sauce pizza we had was an upside down pizza, with crust, then cheese, then sauce on top.

It didn’t even look that appetizing, that’s how minimal it was. Plus the top was just a layer of… sauce.

But then with one bite we just about lost it. Fantastic. And I knew I had to make it! 

vodka sauce pizza

I switched things up a bit. I just use my regular dough, my vodka sauce and fresh mozzarella. Plus a little basil too! 

Yes. It’s that easy.

vodka sauce pizza

Kind of like a margherita pizza feel, but with vodka sauce. It is a DREAM.  (more…)

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Taco Puff Pastry Pizza.

This taco puff pastry pizza is such a great weeknight meal! Flaky crust topped with taco meat, cheese, beans and all your favorite toppings. It’s super satisfying and everyone loves it.  New weeknight dinner alert!  This is what happens when you combine two of your favorite things! Taco + pizza = match made in heaven. […]

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This taco puff pastry pizza is such a great weeknight meal! Flaky crust topped with taco meat, cheese, beans and all your favorite toppings. It’s super satisfying and everyone loves it. 

New weeknight dinner alert! 

taco puff pastry pizza

This is what happens when you combine two of your favorite things! Taco + pizza = match made in heaven. And please let the record show that’s the only kind of math I can do. 

I don’t mind. 

puff pastry with refried beans and cheese

When I was a kid I weirdly liked the taco pizza in the school cafeteria. Thinking back to it now, of course, I can’t even fathom it because today I can make it so much better. Like, so much! So, so much. 

taco puff pastry pizza

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with all things puff pastry. Have been forever. There are five (maybe six?!) recipes for puff pastry pizzas/snacks in Everyday Dinners. It’s one of my go-tos for a quick and easy dinner or appetizer or snack.

This fun taco spin is perfect for a weeknight meal, for a game day snack or even a little lunch if you have the time. The best part is that you get to make the rules and use all the ingredients you love. Make it your own!

pickled onions

Here’s the deal!

Grab a sheet of puff pastry – make sure it’s thawed if yours is frozen. For the record, my favorite brand is the wewalka puff pastry! It’s refrigerated and fantastic. 

Add on a layer of refried beans. Then a layer of cheese! Then a layer of taco meat. I season mine myself, which is why the ingredient list is rather long. We LOVE this seasoning mix. You can use it or even a packaged one if you are looking for a shortcut!

If you’re feeling it, you could use chicken too. Use shredded rotisserie chicken for ease! I tend to use ground turkey most of the time. Or leave the meat off entirely and do a layer of black beans!

Also, P.S.: even though you may be tempted to add more taco meat, I suggest not doing so. If you make the toppings too heavy, the pastry doesn’t cook through and the whole thing loses its light and fluffiness. You know? 

taco puff pastry pizza

Then I add a drizzle of taco sauce or salsa. I have a deeeelish taco sauce recipe in Everyday Dinners! It’s like, copycat taco bell. Excellent.

So once that is all layered up and ready to go, bake it until flaky and fluffy and cheesy and melty.  (more…)

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