Eat a Pita Pizza

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 17 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 7 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 (1-pound) package large pita breads (6 pita rounds)

1 1/2 cups Best Basic Red Sauce, recipe follows, or store-bought pizza sauce, divided

1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella or Monterey Jack (about 6 ounces), divided

Best Basic Red Sauce:

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

3/4 cup chopped yellow onions (1 medium yellow onion)

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves garlic)

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Make sure the oven rack is in the lower 1/3 of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay the pita rounds on 2 large baking sheets. Pour 1/4 cup of the Best Basic Red Sauce or pizza sauce on each round and spread it evenly with the back of the spoon. Top each with 1/4 cup of the grated cheese.
  3. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the sheets from the oven. Cut each pita pizza into 6 slices with a sharp knife or pizza cutter, transfer them to a plate using a turner, and serve immediately.

Best Basic Red Sauce:

Yield: 10 cups
  1. In a medium, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, salt, basil, oregano and black pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 minutes.
  2. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and squeeze to break into small pieces. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and sugar to the pot and stir well. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally with a heavy wooden spoon.
  4. Eat-a-Pita Pizza for 1: For each pita round, you'll need just 1/4 cup of the Best Basic Red Sauce or store-bought pizza sauce and 1/4 cup of your favorite grated cheese. Preheat a toaster oven to 400 degrees F and assemble your pita pizza according to the directions above. Carefully place your pita pizza in the toaster oven and bake it for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Using a turner, carefully transfer your pita pizza to a cutting board and cut it into 6 slices with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Transfer the pita pizza to a plate and serve immediately.
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