Take-out Tuesday, His and Hers Pizza Cook-off

HHjr & I decided to have a pizza cook off with a little help from Trader Joe’s and Trader Giotto’s, their cute brand name for all things Italian…


It was sort of a guy versus gal kind of thing…

homemade pizza

His was made with traditional dough, marinara sauce, sweet Italian sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms


Hers was made with garlic herb pizza dough, alfredo sauce, spinach, artichoke hearts, and 4 kinds of cheese


His was thin crust, round and cooked on the grill

Italian sausage pizza

Hers was thick crust, rectangular and baked in the oven

artichoke heart pizza

Mama Mià, we had a feast!

homemade pizza

Funny thing was, he liked mine the best and I liked his the best!!

pizza slices

Both of these pizzas are so easy, you can make them and have them in the oven in the time you’d be waiting for your doorbell to ring…

3 cheese spinach artichoke pizza

4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 1 lb fresh garlic & herb pizza dough*
  • 16 oz frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 4 oz grated Swiss and Gruyère cheese {buy a mix or grate your own}
  • 2-4 oz crumbled bleu cheese {adjust to your taste}
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup light Alfredo sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • olive oil
  • cooked chicken ham, bacon or prosciutto, optional


  • Lightly spray a standard size rimmed baking sheet with oil spray. Roll out or stretch dough into a large rectangle to fit. Prick dough all over with a fork and partially bake for 10 minutes at 400.
  • Drizzle a large skillet with olive oil and saute spinach, stirring over medium high heat until it wilts down. Add artichokes and minced garlic {optional} and stir 1-2 more minutes. Set aside.
  • Remove crust from oven and top with Alfredo sauce, spreading into a thin layer. Top with spinach and artichokes, distributing evenly over sauce. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  • Return to oven and bake for 15-25 more minutes, or until crust is golden and everything looks hot and melty.
  • Makes 1 large rectangular pizza. Cut into 8 large squares for a meal, or smaller squares for appetizer servings.


* or use plain dough, roll out and sprinkle it with herbs and garlic. Use rolling pin and gently press herbs into the dough and proceed with recipe
Keyword artichoke hearts, flatbread,, pizza, spinach and artichoke pizza, vegetable pizza
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza

Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Mushroom Grilled Pizza

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 1 lb plain pizza dough
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
  • 2-3 sweet Italian sausages
  • 8 oz. sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 16-20 large slices pepperoni or more if using smaller slices
  • 4 oz grated mozzarella fontina, or jack cheese
  • 2 oz grated Parmesan cheese


  • Remove dough from refrigerator and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Remove casings from sausages and brown and crumble in skillet over medium heat.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Add mushrooms to pan and cook them in sausage renderings until done.  Remove to paper towels.  Add pepperoni to skillet and cook until it releases the fat and starts to crisp.  Drain on paper towels
  • Cut dough in half.  Roll out each half into a large circle.  Spread each dough round with 1/2 cup sauce.  Divide toppings on pizzas, beginning with grated mozzarella and ending with Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake or grill at 400 for 10-15 minutes, or until crust is done and turning golden and cheese is melted.
Keyword flatbread,, pizza, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom pizza
his and hers pizzas


Let dough rest at room temperature for easier rolling

Divide dough in half to make 2 thin crust pizzas

Add prosciutto, ham, cooked chicken or bacon to the spinach and artichoke pizza if desired

Garnish Italian sausage pizza with red pepper flakes for a little heat

Mangia Mangia!


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17 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, His and Hers Pizza Cook-off”
  1. How fun! I vote for your pizza cooked on the grill. Love how you both chose each other’s pizza:)

    Johanne Lamarche


  2. Kitty says:

    What a fun idea and I think you’re both winners!!!!

  3. Jodi says:

    How adorable and fun and yummy! They both sound good. I love that you each loved each other’s best! 🙂 I always like something someone else made better. for some reason even a simple salad tastes better made by someone else.

  4. Rhonda says:

    How funny that you each liked the other’s pizza! They both look yummy! Hope you’re having great week! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  5. Kim says:

    They both sound delicious. I’ve not made pizza on the grill before, but that’s a great idea! Pizza Oven without all the construction!

  6. So funny about how you both loved each others pizza…they look and sound amazing….now if we were cooking pizzas, i would be making the “meat lovers” one and he would be making the “veggie” one….When we go out to eat, he orders the salad, I order the burger and they often bring out the food and give me his salad…NO!…the burger is mine!

  7. Mary says:

    Hi Jenna, I’d like a slice of both pizzas please! I miss having a Trader Joe’s/Giotto’s nearby 🙂

  8. Linda says:

    I would love them both and so would my husband. He loves pizza. That is so funny how you liked each others.

  9. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I’ll take one of each please. What I wouldn’t give for a Trader Joe’s around here! Whenever I visit a city that has one, I load my cooler up before I come home!

  10. My favorite part was how you both liked each other’s best…. suppose you were meant for each other then!!

  11. Jemma says:

    Spinach and Artichoke pizza for me please!
    Sounds so good:)
    Happy Tuesday!

  12. Lynn says:

    I’m with you, I’ll have a slice of each please:@)

  13. Helen Adams says:

    We love making homemade pizza for our family pizza night. Your pizza recipes look awesome, we will have to give them a try. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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