Simple French Bread Pizza


Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 5-6 servings
Recipe for sauce adapted from Mels Kitchen Café

1 (14 ounce) can Italian Stewed Tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 t sugar
1 t oregano
1 t basil
1/2 t granulated garlic
1/2 t salt
1/2 t lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes
1 loaf French bread
4 C mozzarella cheese, grated
1 C parmesan cheese, grated
pepperoni, red onions, greed pepper, olives, mushroom...what ever suits your fancy

1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
2. Grab one can of Italian Stewed Tomatoes and one can of tomato paste. Open them up and pour the contents into a small food processor, or blender. (I used the small pitcher of my Ninga blender). 
3. Add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and a pinch red pepper flakes.
4. Blend everything well to combine. 
5. Take a nice loaf of French bread and slice it in half, right down the center. 
6. Spread half of the yummy red sauce over the top of the sliced French bread. You don't need all of the sauce you made. Lucky for you and I, it freezes like a dream. Simply pour the remaining sauce into a quart size, freezer safe Ziploc bag and pop it into your freezer. 
7. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and most of the parmesan cheese over the top of the sauce. (I like to save a bit of the parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the top at the end.)
8. Lay your toppings out over the cheese. Pepperoni, mushrooms, green pepper, olives...what ever you like best. Then sprinkle a little bit of the grated parmesan cheese over the top of everything. 
9. Pop the pan in the oven and let your pizza bake away. Watch for the cheese to get melted, bubbly and a bit golden. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
10. Take the pan out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Then cut the loaves and dig in.