Midday Fix: The Cooking Mom’s pizza party

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Amy Hanten


Pizza Dip

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup onion finely diced
1/4 cup green pepper finely diced
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced black olives
1/4 cup sliced pepperoni finely diced

Press cream cheese into the bottom of a 9-inch glass pie plate or small casserole dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Spread pizza sauce over cream cheese and layer remaining ingredients in the order listed. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with warm bread sticks or your favorite crackers.

Pizza Soup

1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper
2 cans (10.75 ounces each) condensed tomato soup
2 cups water
1 jar (24 to 26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Your favorite pizza toppings like sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, and diced green peppers

In a big soup pan, brown beef over medium high until crumbly and no longer pink. Drain any grease. Season beef with oregano and a little salt and pepper. Stir in soup, water, and spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in 1 cup of cheese. If soup gets too thick, add a little extra water. Serve soup in bowls with extra cheese on top and your favorite pizza toppings.

Also fun to serve with Pizza flavored Gold Fish crackers sprinkled on top! Great served with garlic bread for dunking!

Sugar Cookie Pizza

1 package (16.5 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/2 cup strawberry or raspberry jam or 1 cup white frosting colored red
1/2 cup grated white chocolate
red fruit rollups, cut into circles to look like pepperoni
green gummy worms, cut in small pieces to look like green peppers (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Press cookie dough into a pizza pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. You can also roll cookie dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Transfer ball to a parchment lined baking sheet and form dough into a 12 to 14-inch circle. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Spread jam or frosting over the top to look like pizza sauce. Sprinkle white chocolate on top to look like cheese. Top with the pieces of rollups to look like pepperoni and pieces of gummy worms to look like green peppers. Cut into wedges and serve.

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