This is a sponsored post by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are my own.
The air is crisper and the nights come sooner, making the early autumn a time of year when we start to crave warm beverages, hot soups, and our favorite hearty slow cooker creations. I’m happy to share my partnership with Hunt’s to help readers who enjoy making homemade meals breathe new life into your home cooking with some incredible recipe ideas to keep your family toasty this fall and winter.
An evening at the Tasting Table in New York City
Hunt’s canned tomatoes are peeled via a process called FlashSteam™, which means instead of using chemicals, like lye*, Hunt’s peels all its diced, whole, and stewed tomatoes using steam from simple hot water- like our grandmas used to. No chemical by-products are put back into the earth as a result, so even though it’s not the easiest way, Hunt’s believes it’s the right way.
I went to the Hunt’s New York City Tasting Table Event on September 20th to learn about the FlashSteam™ process, and had the opportunity to try out some treats made with Hunt’s tomatoes. In addition to getting a little inspiration for my own cooking, I tried tomato jam for the first time and had a wonderfully fun evening.
Fall Flavors Pizza Recipe
I’m super busy, so I’m careful about how I spend my time. I choose to prioritize cooking homemade meals for my family and having dinners together. I don’t have a lot of time to cook, especially since my evenings are spent helping my sons with their homework, giving them baths, and getting them ready for bed and the next day, so if a can of Hunt’s diced tomatoes can make getting a delicious dinner on the table easier for me to do, I’m all for it!
I always want to enjoy nutritious family meals made in my kitchen by me, so I will be sharing easy homemade recipes for time-crunched parents over the next few months. Today I’m sharing a very easy recipe that I make for the boys, a vegetable pizza inspired by autumn’s flavors, such as bell peppers (I love red because they are the sweetest) and sweet corn. It’s sized for little ones (a bit bigger than the size of a personal pan pizza), and each would serve about three children, so double recipe (make two pies) for a larger family.
8 ounces store-bought pizza dough (makes a 12 inch pizza)
1 14.5 oz. can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp dried basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup whole sweet corn kernels
1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. To make pizza sauce: Add tomatoes, sugar, garlic, basil, and olive oil to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and add salt or pepper to taste. Put on side to cool.
3. Roll dough into a circle of about a 10 inch diameter. Brush top of dough with olive oil.
4. Add sauce onto pizza crust, leaving a border around the edges of about 1/2 an inch. Top with cheese in an even layer on top, then add on onion, peppers, and corn on top.
5. Bake in oven at 450º F until the cheese starts to bubble and crust looks golden brown (start checking at about 8 minutes).
6. Remove from oven to cool, then serve and enjoy!
Because I love my family and I know you love yours too
Hunt’s uses non-BPA lined cans, which is a big deal because I stopped buying canned food products when I learned they are usually lined with BPA and it might leach into the foods we eat. I feel I can safely include Hunt’s tomatoes in my favorite homemade recipes- a big time saver!
Hunt’s tomato products are 100% natural and non-GMO, with no artificial preservatives, and they are grown in California and picked at the peak of ripeness, going from field to can within hours to preserve their fresh flavor- unlike other tomatoes which ripen on the truck (eew).
* Lye peeling is generally recognized as safe by the FDA and has no adverse effects on the healthfulness of tomatoes.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hunt’s . The opinions and text are all mine.