There are those nights, particularly Sundays, where you just need some warm, yummy comfort food. While I could order Chinese food or heat up some soup, I find the best way to get my comfort food fix is by making an easy homemade meal. Often my go to is a tomato sauce based pizza. There are so many ways to switch it up, it's a bit indulgent, and it's warm and, yup, carb heavy. Perfect for a cozy Sunday evening in.
This past Sunday, I decided to use my typical base of pizza dough and Mezzetta Marinara and dressed it up with fresh mozzarella and some leftover basil pesto that I've been trying to use up for a few weeks now (mission accomplished). With a sprinkle of parmesan, this was the perfect comfort food to combat a case of the Sunday scaries. Plus, there's nothing like a warm homemade pizza to put right into the mood to curl up with a book and end up in bed by 9:30 p.m.
My tips for the best homemade pizza? Besides using a delicious marinara sauce, I always do a light dusting of cornmeal before I start preparing the crust. It adds a bit of crunch and texture to the bottom of the pizza. Fresh mozzarella bakes beautifully, far better than the shredded stuff, and I cook the pizza at 425 degrees. High heat makes for a better pizza. You can get creative with ingredients—I've done everything from avocado to prosciutto to zucchini and squash to peaches. Whatever you have in the fridge, just toss it on there. You can't go wrong.
This post was sponsored by Mezzetta Marinara, but all opinions, thoughts, and images represented in this post are my own. Thank you to the brands that make Pineapples and Pearls possible!