Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Elevate Your Next Pizza Night with Classico {Review & Giveaway - 3 winners!}

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Although most people think of fall and Halloween when they think of October, did you know that it is also National Pizza Month?

That's right!

First observed in the United States during 1984, October was designated as National Pizza Month by Gerry Durnell, the founder of Pizza Today magazine, who chose that month because the first issue of his magazine debuted in October of that year.

But, let's admit it, people don't really need a special month to celebrate pizza when it has been found that 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month anyway. In fact, evidence shows that Americans eat a whopping 100 acres of pizza per day, working out to 350 slices per second.

Now that's pizza love.

Considering that my family plays our part in adding to those numbers, we couldn't have been happier to pay tribute to pizza and honor National Pizza Month with Classico.

Classico sauces

Offering all of your favorite sauces for pizza, pasta and more, Classico can inspire your next meal creation and help take it to a level of delicious that your whole family will enjoy.

As experts in all things pizza, Classico has a selection of delicious pizza recipes that were making my mouth water... while also providing some inspiration.

After all, Classico not only wanted us to enjoy our pizza, but they had challenged me to "Elevate Pizza Night" by reinventing our regular recipes into something more. Now all that was left to do was select which of their tasty pizza sauces to use — Traditional, Fire Roasted or White (coming soon!) — and see where it might lead us.

Classico cooking

What to do, what to do?

Encouraged by Big Sister E's declaration that "my favorite foods are nachos, mac & cheese, and TOFU!" I decided that it was time to attempt to incorporate that last ingredient into pizza night. After all, we vegetarians had come up with ways to get around meat in other dishes, it was time to conquer pizza as well!

vegetarian hawaiian pizza

Hawaiian Pizza with Tofu "Canadian Bacon"

Pizza dough (handmade or store bought)
Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce
1½ to 2 cups grated/shredded mozzarella cheese
1 can pineapple rings or tidbits, drained

For Tofu "Canadian Bacon"
1 container tofu
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt

Make the Tofu "Canadian bacon" – Add the tofu, soy sauce, maple syrup and oil to a bowl and toss to coat the tofu. Add to a pan on high heat and fry until all sides are crispy. Put tofu back into the bowl and add the salt. Toss to combine. Set aside.

Roll out dough and spread sauce evenly on crust.

Top with the pineapple pieces and the tofu "Canadian bacon."

Finally, scatter a generous layer of the grated mozzarella to pizza.

Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes until the crust has browned and the cheese has melted.

tofu pizza

I know many of you carnivores are cringing at the thought of tofu on your pizza, but YUM!

I love the way that its crispy, salty flavor complements the sweet pineapple and the savory Classico sauce and ends up completely delicious!

Bite after bite, this was one pizza that I'm sure will make repeat appearances at our table, as it disappeared to rave reviews from all sides. Or, as my husband put it, Tofu on pizza, who would've thought?

vegetarian pizza

Isn't it time that you elevated your pizza night as well? Break out from the ordinary and try something new with Classico's variety of tasty sauces. Your family is sure to thank you!

This National Pizza Month and beyond, head over to Classico.com to find out about their collection of products (and recipes) that can make a difference in your house as well.

Plus, thanks to their generosity, three people will be prepared to whip up something fresh and new for their menu, because...

(3) lucky people will win VIP coupons for
free jars of Classico pizza sauce!

Classico sauces


In the spirit of full disclosure, I've partnered with Classico and received product, coupons, premium items and reader giveaway coupons as part of my participation. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

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tat2gurlzrock said...

I would like to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce

Pixystik4U said...

the tomato basil sauce

Candice said...

I love the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce.

dfraley3 said...

I'd like to try the Traditional one first.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I would like to use the fire roasted pizza sauce to make a sundried tomato and ham pizza!

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I would like to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce on my next homemade pizza!

wigget said...

i'd like to try the Traditional Pizza Sauce

dawn keenan said...

We would love the traditional sauce.

Sandra VanHoey said...

The traditional sauce would be our choice

Robert said...

I like to try the Classico Fire Roasted Pizza sauce.

Jessica said...

I like the Fire Roasted sauce.

Kelly Nicholson said...

Classico pizza sauce you would like to use for your own recipe creation.

fire roasted sounds good

kdrae said...

I want to try the Fire Roasted pizza sauce! yummy!

Christina said...

Oh, I am so excited that they will have a White Pizza sauce coming soon. I will definitely try that one out.

janetfaye said...

I would like Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce to use on Ziti.

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Sarah said...

Definitely the fire roasted pizza sauce!

Tim A said...

I would introduce the family to traditional first

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

I'd like to try the Fire Roasted Sauce.

Jackie said...

I would like to try the Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce.
Thank you!

Kim Pinch said...

I would like to try the Basil Pesto Pasta Sauce and make a chicken pesto pizza.

Amy Honious said...

i would most definitely like to try the fire roasted pizza sauce! thanks for the tasty giveaway :)

mellyrox said...

I would love to try the Traditional Pizza Sauce .. thanks so much ..
melly66(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Kamla L. said...

I would love to use the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce. Thanks!

Carla Shiver said...

I would use the fire roasted pizza sauce.

Mammamayor said...

Humm it's a tie the fire roasted tomato pizza ,or the pesto ,natbelinsky@verizon.net

Urd-chan said...

For pizza sauce, I'd go with the traditional. For pasta sauce, I'd have to pick the Portobello, Crimini & Champignon Mushroom sauce

cjabdelnour said...

I would try the
Traditional Pizza Sauce. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

katieoscarlet said...

I would like to use the traditional sauce

taralieb said...

I would use the Alfredo sauce to make Italian Nachos.

suburban prep said...

I think I would want the Traditional sauce.

SueZH said...

I would use the traditional sauce to make my pizza.

Debra said...

Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce

Ken Ohl said...

the fire roasted pizza sauce. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Kelly Massman said...

Creamy Alfredo for us. thanks kmassman gmail

Christine Mondy said...

I'd like to try the basil pesto sauce. Sounds interesting!

Bethany C. said...

I would like to try the white sauce.

Michele l said...

want to try the white sause

scottsgal said...

I'd use the basil pesto sauce

Cserafini said...

Would like the traditional sauce.

Daphne Turner said...

the classic Alfredo

heatherp626 said...

I would love to try the Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce! We love homemade pizza!!

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Melissa Storms said...

I would most like to try the fire roasted pizza sauce.
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Xty C said...

I'd love the classic traditional sauce

Debi said...

Would like to try the fire roasted pizza sauce.
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Georgette C said...

I would try the traditional sauce.

blessedintexas said...

I would love to try fire roasted. Yum! kim(at)kimberlychance(dot)com

Tara Carlson said...

I'd love to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce!

Shelly Leatham said...

I'd try the traditional sauce!

puye said...

I would like to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce

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Kim Drolet said...

The Fire Roasted!!!!

debbie said...

I would try the white sauce with chicken, spinach and feta pizza.

Renee Walters said...

I love the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Reneewalters3 at yahoo dot com

Natasha said...

the tomato basil!

superglidedaddy said...

Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic - It has always been my favorite

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I'd like to try a recipe with the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce.

Karen said...

I am an Alfredo fan...

Darlene Carbajal said...

i'd choose the Traditional Pizza Sauce.

Carohn Joline Z. said...

I would try the traditional.

Jennifer T. said...

I'd use the Traditional Pizza Sauce for our homemade pizza.

HarleyC said...

I'd use the white to make a veggie pizza

callbr549 said...


I would choose the Traditional Pizza Sauce.

Liz said...

Definately fire roasted.


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llinda29 said...

I want Marinara with Plum Tomatoes

bison61 said...

the Traditional Pizza Sauce

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Chris said...

I would like the traditional.

Lisa Ehrman said...

I would like to use the Traditional Pizza Sauce.

Jillian said...

I would like to use the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce.

mecarolks said...

I like the Fire Roasted sauce.

Andrina Goetz said...

I would like Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce to use on Rigatoni.

gen meredith said...

traditional pizza sauce is a family favorite

undniluv said...

this sauce is good. I've tried it before!

ffc57d54-1f8d-11e2-86df-000bcdca4d7a said...

I would use the traditional sauce

Lisa R said...

Alfredo to make chicken alfredo pizza

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Kimberly said...

I would like to try the Classico Tomato and Basil pasta sauce.

Em Ma said...

I'd like to use the Pesto sauce on my chicken pizza

Helga said...

I would use the traditional sauce to make my homemae three cheese pizza.

Helga said...

I would use the traditional sauce to make my homemae three cheese pizza.

Sharon Kaminski said...

I would use the traditional style pizza sauce to make a scrumptous pizza.

nicole krutz said...

i would like to try the roasted garlic alfredo :)

Dorothy Teel said...

Think we would love to try Classico Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce on a great 3 meat pizza

Denise Comeau said...

I'd have to check the ingredients, but I'd probably start out with the traditional.

CHRIS HOEY said...

i would like to try the roasted garlic alfredo

bxcrochet said...

the fire roasted one.

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richelle bowers said...

tomato basil

cpage2323 said...

we like a pesto alfredo pizza

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LIDARKSIDE said...

I would use the traditional pizza sauce.

walk9 said...

I would use the traditional sauce

Secret Burkheiser said...

creamy alfredo

tatertot374 said...

I love the alfredo sauce with homemade pizza crust. It makes a great sauce.

Gianna said...

Traditional.

CatOLuck said...

I'd like to try Traditional Pizza Sauce.

Lloyd Family said...

i would love to use the fire roasted pizza sauce

deniseyweesy said...

I would use the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce.

Serenap95 said...

Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce

polly said...

I would love to try their Alfredo sauce for my fettuccine recipe

Jennifer Blanton said...

traditional pizza sauce sounds good

Dave said...

tomato basil sauce

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I LOVE tofu on pizza. It dries out nicely when cooking. I'd like to try the fire roasted sauce.

kyl neusch said...

the Traditional Pizza Sauce

Kathy Lane said...

I would like to try the Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce first!

Nicole C. said...

I would love to try the Traditional Pizza Sauce.

Di said...

I'd try the white alfredo sauce

Yona Williams said...

I'd start out with the Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce, but i would also like to try their Vodka Sauce in a recipe.

Anne said...

I make pizza pretty often, and I'd like to give the Classico Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce a try. Sounds good.

Jules525 said...

I want to try the fire roasted pizza sauce. We make homemade pizza at home all the time, it so cost effective and taste better than any take out

crankyyanky1 said...

The basil pesto sauce sounds great to me

Angela Kinder said...

I would love to try Sun-dried Tomato Pesto first!

CSeppala said...

I would love to try the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce.

Julie Waldron said...

I would use traditional

bkittie said...

I would like to make the Hawaiian pizza using the Traditional Sauce.
Diane L.

Treesa said...

We would like to try the traditional first

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Elise Johansen Harvey said...

Carmelized onion. Yum.

Faye Mc said...

I'd like to try the classico traditional pizza sauce first.

Faye Mc said...

I'd like to try the classico traditional pizza sauce first.

Faye Mc said...

I'd like to try the classico traditional pizza sauce first.

Brynn said...

I would like the fire roasted pizza sauce! My husband would love it!

Kristen said...

I'd like to use the Fire Roasted Tomato and Garlic.

Kristen said...

I'd like to use the Fire Roasted Tomato and Garlic.

Slack Ass Mom said...

I'd like to try their Pesto.
Thanks!

Ryan said...

I would like to try the traditional first.

kim burnett said...

I want to try the Fire Roasted pizza sauce

Mya Murphy said...

I would go with the creamy alfredo and make a chicken, bacon and olive pizza!! myamurphy@mail.com

slehan said...

Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan at juno dot com

Melissa Bohannon said...

I'd use the Traditional sauce. We make mini pizzas with everyone customizing their own, so it'd be perfect.

abfantom said...

I would like to try the Classico Traditional pizza sauce

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Trish V said...

I would like to try the Cabernet Marinara with Herbs. I just printed off a coupon. Thanks!

MELINA said...

I would like to try the Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce first.

garygreen said...

I would love to win this prize.

karen a. said...

We often use Classico traditional pizza sauce. We have young picky eaters at our house but this is one sauce they like on their pizza.

chadro said...

Luv them all but would like to use the Traditional Sauce!

Kristin sims said...

i would love to try the fire roasted sauce, thank you!

Nicole Murphy said...

I love pesto, so I would try the basil pesto sauce and then use it in a pasta with some pine nuts -yum!

Wanda McHenry said...

We are traditional, we're old.

Sally said...

The Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce sounds great!

Carole Ingram said...

Fire Roasted Sauce :)

jcwega27 said...

the traditional pizza sauce

aly said...

I would like to make a pizza with pesto sauce. A caprese-pesto pizza with mozzarella balls, roma tomatoes, and basil.

Karen Delaney said...

I'd like to use the alfredo and make a pizza with a ton or roasted veggies

Karen Delaney said...

I'd like to use the alfredo and make a pizza with a ton or roasted veggies

smilekisses said...

Four Cheese for my lasagna.

smilekisses said...

Four Cheese for my lasagna.

Cynthia Ravenshaw said...

I would love to try the white pizza sauce. I think it would make terrific shrimp and leek pizzas.

NomieRae said...

The white sauce sounds delicious!

Becca said...

I would love to try the fire roasted pizza sauce. sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

AuroraCat said...

the fire roasted one! (alisa)

Bo said...

I would love to try the fire roasted pizza sauce!

Pat said...

I'd like to try the traditional sauce.

bkittie said...

I would use the Classic Sauce to make the Hawaiian pizza.
(Diane L.)

Amanda Rauch said...

I would love to use the white sauce! We make our own pizza with chicken, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions and bacon with a white garlic sauce and it is sooooo good!!

Barrie Mac said...

We love pizza! I would use the traditional pizza sauce!

Allison Downes said...

I would like to use the Fire Roasted sauce
Thank you for the chance to win!

Jodi Holmes said...

I cook Pizza all the time and I would like to try the Classico Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce!

jessica holybee said...

Fire Roasted pizza sauce looks good !

amanda whitley said...

the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce sounds awesome

Sue Hull said...

I'd like to try the Carmelized Onion & Roasted Garlic.Garlic in anything is so good! Thank you :)

The Boojes said...

We'd like to try the carmalized onion and roasted garlic...yum!

AMY said...

I'd like to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce.

Paula Stewart said...

I would like to try the Classico® Traditional Pizza Sauce.9

tawndam said...

The Carmelized Onion & Roasted Garlic sounds so good! (I also wanna try the classic alfredo... but not sure it would be right for pizza... Why NOT though... ;-))

Leigha Varrielle said...

I love the white sauce. Although I have never tried the Fire Roasted Tomato and Garlic.

Heavensangel2387 said...

creamy alfredo is my favorite!

Karen F said...

The creamy alfredo would be so good.

Madeline said...

Fire Roasted Sauce

Laura Pelkey said...

The Basil Pesto sounds really delicious.

Kelly g said...

the traditional pizza sauce

Heather said...

I would like to try the traditional first

Familyof5 said...

I like the the traditional pizza sauce
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Susan C said...

I want to try the Fire Roasted.

Molli Vandehey said...

caramelized onion and roasted garlic sounds great!

tammmm said...

I would use the traditional sauce to make a cheese pizza.

Michelle S. said...

I would go with the Traditional Pizza Sauce

Jennifer Quirky Momma said...

Can I choose any and all?!? I'm game for anything but the Fire Roasted Sauce seems yummy.

Heavensangel2387 said...

I like the traditional pizza sauce!

Stacy said...

I would like to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce!

Shelton Rogerson said...

Like to try the fire roasted sauce.

Danielle Porter said...

garlic Alfredo! And I would make a spinach, garlic, feta pizza!

coriwestphal said...

I think the traditional sauce would be perfect in a tomato basil mozzarella pizza!

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Michele P. said...

I think I would want to try the fire roasted sauce first!

P Downer said...

Traditional pizza sauce is my go to favorite!

wen budro said...

Mmmm....I def want to try the white sauce first.

Carolyn Daley said...

I want to try the Four Cheese sauce.

kathy dalton said...

i would definitely make a white pizza with alfredo

Kristy Thiel said...

I'd love to try the white sauce! Thanks for hosting!

@LauraFromOhio said...

I would like to try Basil Pesto Pasta Sauce to make a seafood pasta

Frugal Follies said...

I'd love to try the Extra Garlic Bruschetta sauce. Thanks for the great giveaway! thefrugalfollies at gmail dot com

Becca Ann said...

I would like the tradional sauce

Sky Kory said...

I'd like the fire roasted pizza sauce

saturdaynightfever said...

Traditional Classico would be used on a spinach, pepperoni, garlic and black olive 'za!

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Ashley Streeks said...

I am actually going to do it just like you did I have a pack of tofu I wanted to experiment with , and this looks like the most awesome opportunity. I am actually pretty excited

Stephanie Larison said...

I'd like to try my lasagna with the Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic sauce

Amy said...

Fire roasted tomatoes sounds sooo yummy!

annemarie562000 said...

I would use the Traditional Pizza Sauce!

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mtbears819 said...

I would like the regular pizza sauce for my homemade pizza

KyleetheCarrotChaser said...

Carmelised onion and roasted garlic is delicious.

Lisa Pecora said...

I'd like to use the tomato and basil

Roach Alexandra said...

fire roasted pizza sauce!

barbara stenby said...

I would be adventurous and use the pesto! It would be wonderful with mushrooms & feta cheese

Kathleen M Smith said...

I would love to try the Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce, I did not realize that they made it

Angela Ash said...

I think I would start with the Traditional Pizza Sauce and venture out from there. They all sound delicious.

Jennifer Reed said...

I would try the Classico Traditional sauce first.

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