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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Newman's Pizza

I arrived home to a package recently.  It was filled with delicious goodies.  I was particularly struck by this pair of items.  Mostly because of the label on the pasta sauce...

Do you see it?  No, it's not those mysterious lady hands, growing out of the bottom of the bottle.  No, Newman's is spelled correctly.  It's up there, on the top left...  See it?  Yep, it says "Industrial Strength."  Why?  I have no idea, it didn't taste like it was extra strength or full of special chemicals (I'm a chemist, trust me on this).  It actually just smelled like tomato, and basil.  Have you ever opened a bottle of "Pasta sauce with basil" and you couldn't taste/smell the basil?  Well, you won't have that problem with this jar.  Mmmm, basily. 

It made one delicious pizza...  Look at all that deliciousness!

That basil flavor persisted, even after being layered over with sausage, peppers, onions and cheese.  Lots and lots of cheese...  Mmmmmm...

Oh, and I made a salad too.  Because vegetable are good for you.  Eat your vegetables.

Newmans Pizza & Salad
A Simple Wilde Recipe

As a member of the Foodbuzz tastemaker program, I received a selection of Newman's Own products.  The timing couldn't have been better because I was heading out of town and had no food in the house!  After checking out the fun things from Newman's, I decided the sauce would be delicious on a pizza.  Then I thought I should probably eat some salad too, because I would probably eat the whole pizza...

1 store-bought thin crust pizza crust
1 tbsp olive oil
2 chicken sausage links, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup Newman's Own - Tomato & Basil Bombolina sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Freshly cracked black pepper

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
2 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Newman's Own - Olive oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing

Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Place pizza crust on a pizza sheet.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken sausage and brown on each side for 4-5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add peppers and onions and cover with a lid.  Allow to cook for 6-7 minutes. 

Pour sauce over pizza crust and spread to within 1/2-inch of the edge.  Add mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce.  Add chicken sausage and vegetables.  Top with parmesan cheese and black pepper.  Bake for 12 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, cheese, croutons and dressing.
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