Hearty Meat Sauce Pizza

Meat sauce pizza

Here is the last installment of meat sauce recipes…until I defrost the rest that ended up in my freezer. But I have big dreams of homemade fettuccine for that. When in doubt with leftovers, I always make a pizza, and my pizza always turns out deeelicious. This pizza was no exception. In fact, it might be my best work! I always see restaurants offering pizzas with meat on it, but I never see meat sauce pizzas. They should be much more common because this one was so successful- flavorful and satisfying. And if you have the meat sauce already made like I did, and pick up pizza dough from the supermarket, then this meal is incredibly fast to prepare.

Meat sauce pizza

To make it, preheat your oven to 500º F. Lightly grease a pizza pan, and stretch some pizza dough out on it as thinly as you can. Rub a small amount of olive oil over the crust’s surface, and then grate on a thin layer of parmesan cheese. The cheese creates a waterproofing layer that keeps the crust from getting soggy under the sauce.

Meat sauce pizza

Spread the sauce in an even layer on top of the parmesan cheese. Top the sauce with a generous sprinkling of grated mozzarella cheese.

Meat sauce pizza

Bake the pizza for 10 minutes, rotating it around halfway through for even browning, until the cheese bubbles and the crust is golden. After the pizza comes out of the oven, sprinkle over some minced fresh basil for a burst of color and freshness. Then, let the pizza cool for a minute or two before slicing it into squares. This meat sauce is so GOOD that it makes everything it touches taste even better. This might be the best pizza I’ve ever made…and there have been a lot of them!

Shopping list:

  • Pizza crust
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Meat sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Basil
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