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Fire Roasted-Ranch Pizza 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:36 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 11:25 am

As an Allrecipes Allstar, one of my projects for this month was to make up a recipe using al fresco sausage. Now I consider myself a pretty decent cook. But let it be understood, I follow recipes. I don't create them. In fact, I can even tweak recipes with the best of them. So I just took ingredients I've used before and tweaked away for this project. I knew I wanted to make a pizza but couldn't decide what kind. So I decided to make two pizzas in one.

I began with a refrigerated pizza crust and cooked it for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees. While it was cooking, I browned 2 diced sausages. Here's where I had to really tweak. Al fresco isn't available in my area, so I used another brand.

Then I cooked strips of red and yellow peppers and onions. I salted and peppered them just a little.

Now it was time to create my two pizzas. I added oregano to some left-over Progresso Recipe Starter fire roasted tomato cooking sauce. You could just as easily add the oregano to regular tomato sauce. Then I spread the sauce over half the pizza. I spread Ranch dressing over the other half and added several shakes of Frank's Hot Sauce to the Ranch side only.

I topped the crust with the cooked sausage, onions, and peppers. Then I added fresh baby spinach leaves.

I added mozzarella cheese to the tomato sauce side and added fiesta blend cheese to the Ranch side.

I cooked this pizza (these pizzas?) for about 8 minutes.

This was a really quick and easy evening meal for a day when I had been gone all day long and had come in late. I got it prepped and baked in about 30 minutes.

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Sep. 24, 2012 8:15 pm
Hi Paula, your pizza looks delicious. I like how you did the step by step photos. Great blog!
Sep. 24, 2012 8:19 pm
Well done Paula. I really like the al fresco, gotta do some pizza.
Sep. 24, 2012 8:32 pm
Paula, it is hard enough to come up with one recipe, let alone two pizza recipes. Well done! I did good to come up with one mexican soup recipe.
Sep. 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Thanks, OC and bd.weld. Not terribly creative, but I got her done. It tasted good too. I so wish I could get al fredo here. I've tasted it once and liked it better than the alternatives offered here.
Sep. 24, 2012 9:24 pm
Hi Paula. We don't have Al Fresco here either. I had to substitute another brand. Hopefully they will sell it in our areas soon.
Deb C 
Sep. 25, 2012 6:13 am
That looks delicious, and healthy too!
Sep. 25, 2012 6:53 am
Paula-this pizza would please those Ranch Dressing lovers in my house and I love the red sauce. This looks yummy!
Sep. 25, 2012 7:47 am
Hey Paula,looks soooooooo good.
Sep. 25, 2012 10:06 am
Paula, we don't have the al fresco here either, and your pizzas look wonderful-love your step-by-step photos!
Sep. 25, 2012 1:20 pm
Thanks for reading Deb C, Lela, manella, and Paula T. My husband and I actually liked the Ranch side the best. I guess it could be healthier by using a light Ranch and less cheese :)
Sep. 25, 2012 6:50 pm
When I worked On The Boardwalk in Ocean City N.J., many moons ago I would always get two slices of Pepperoni Pizza. I am not sure I would like anything but traditional pizza with Peperoni, Sausage, Cheese, Red Sauce, Mushrooms, Green And Or Red Peppers, Black Olives, And Onions. I am not one to put pineapple and all that on a pizza, but I also like the large Round 22 inch Pizza with a traditional 8 slices so you can fold it when you eat it. Yes I lived in New York. But your pizza does look good.
Sep. 25, 2012 6:57 pm
Yum, I bet both of them were delicious!
Sep. 26, 2012 8:53 am
Thanks for stopping by and reading, KingSparta. Funny but pepperoni is my least favorite pizza. There's a local pizza place here that carries two kinds I fell in love with - Spinach pizza and cheese alfredo pizza. Delicious! I'm not fond of BBQ pizza. I prefer my bbq topped with coleslaw on a bun, not on pizza or salad or taco chips :) I do like pineapple and canadian bacon. So many choices!
Sep. 26, 2012 8:54 am
Wyattdogster, they both were a very decent and filling weeknight supper...and pretty quick to fix. Thanks for stopping by.
Sep. 26, 2012 11:44 am
yep Canadian bacon is good also, i forgot that one.
J. Dub 
Oct. 1, 2012 8:49 am
They both look delicious! Doesn't help that my stomach is growling right now. ;)
Oct. 11, 2012 11:25 am
this is a great link I found for healthy grilling..enjoy!
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