Deep Dish Pizza Supreme

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Pizza night is a regular weekly thing in our house. And, on occasion, it sneaks in more than once a week because it’s a pretty easy meal to make and sometimes time is short and ideas are few {even if you’re a food blogger!} Switching up the regular comes in handy when having to feed a small crowd every night for dinner.

Another way to keep things easy is having tasty ingredients on hand to whip up a quick meal like this one. I like to cook things like italian sausage ahead and freeze it in 1/2 lb. portions, I always have pepperoni and mozzarella nearby and frozen peppers, onions and pizza dough are easy to pull from the freezer early in the day to make dinner prep a cinch.

The crowning jewel of this dish is the Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce – each jar is to be made with 11 juicy tomatoes making it its richest, thickest recipe. Ragú asked me to put a New Tra-Dish spin on deep dish pizza. I made mine in my trusty cast iron skillet and included all of my favorite pizza toppings. Oozing with cheese and topped with Ragú…get your fork ready because pizza night just got way better.

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Deep Dish Pizza Supreme


Favorite Pizza Toppings – Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Green Pepper, etc.

2 Tablespoons Butter, softened

1 lb. Frozen Pizza Dough, thawed

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce

Preheat oven to 425°.

If you are using sausage, cook it in a skillet until browned. Drain and set aside.

Butter the bottom and sides of a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet (if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you could use a 9 in. cake pan or a deep dish pie plate). Press dough over the bottom of the pan and up the sides.

Evenly distribute 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese over crust, layer on toppings – meat on bottom and then veggies. Sprinkle garlic over everything and add remaining cheese. Carefully spread 1 ½ cups​ Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce over the top, so that all of the cheese is covered.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing, serve immediately.

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Southwest Breakfast Stacks

Southwest Breakfast Stacks | Crumbs and Chaos

This hearty meal is brought to you by Simply Potatoes.

Raise your hand if you love potatoes.  Raise your other hand if you love recipes with a short list of ingredients.  Me too!  It’s your chance to take your love for both and submit a recipe in the Simply Potatoes 5 Ingredient Fix Recipe Contest - terrific prizes are up for grabs so be sure to stop on over for more details!

The humble potato is the perfect backdrop for so many different flavors.  Simply Potatoes are fresh potatoes found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store that are ready to cook and make a simple start to any meal, side dish or appetizer.  I personally love a meal that can be breakfast, lunch or dinner.  And hot, crispy hash browns rank pretty high on my list of all time favorite breakfast foods.  So Southwest Breakfast Stacks it is!

I enjoy things on the spicy side, so it was an obvious choice for me to use the Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns for my recipe.  I also used chorizo, which can also be quite spicy and pepper jack cheese.  If you prefer things a little more tame, feel free to use their original shredded hash browns, a milder cheese and sausage.  Cook the egg to your preference and grab your fork because breakfast for breakfast-lunch-or-dinner is served.

Southwest Breakfast Stacks | Crumbs and Chaos


(serves 1, multiply as needed)


2 Tablespoons cooked and crumbled CHORIZO SAUSAGE



1 EGG, cooked to your preference

Prepare hash browns according to the package directions, cooking 5-6 minutes before flipping and cook 5-6 minutes on the opposite side until golden.  Remove to plate.

Layer on chorizo sausage, pico de gallo and cheese.  Top with egg and serve immediately.

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Pizza Grilled Cheese

Pizza Grilled Cheese | Crumbs and Chaos Easy and kid friendly Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are a quick meal the whole family will enjoy!

Selective eaters…one of the great joys of parenting.  Seriously, I can’t keep up with all of the things my kids abruptly decide that they don’t care for from one day to the next.  I don’t plan meals around their preferences (being picky is not an allergy!). I’m of the philosophy that dinner is what’s on the table – there will be another meal come breakfast time if you don’t eat this one.

Pepperoni is always a winner at my house, so adding that to a meal almost guarantees that they’ll eat it.  Grilled cheese sandwiches, also a winner, serve with pizza sauce or tomato soup for dipping and you’ve got a quick weeknight meal.  This recipe could also be called – grilled cheese for a crowd.  Crank up that oven and bake the sandwiches all at once so that everyone sits down to eat together.  Feel free to add other pizza toppings to your sandwich as you like – it’s all gooey and delicious :)

Pizza Grilled Cheese | Crumbs and Chaos

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Easy Pizza Grilled Cheese is kid friendly and simple to make.


  • 1 loaf of ITALIAN BREAD (sliced from the bread aisle)
  • BUTTER, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Butter one side of a piece of bread, place it butter side down on a baking sheet. Repeat, laying out the first piece of bread for as many sandwiches as you would like to make.
  3. Top the first piece of bread with sliced mozzarella (enough to cover the bread), layer on 4-5 slices of pepperoni and a handful of shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle on garlic bread seasoning. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
  4. Butter one side of the remaining bread, top each sandwich with butter side up.
  5. Bake for 6-7 minutes and check to see if the underside of the sandwich is golden. If it is, flip sandwiches over. Bake another 5--6 minutes and check underside again.
  6. Remove from oven when they're golden. Slice into halves or quarters and serve immediately.


*You can easily make these in a pan or on a panini press if you don't want to bake them in a large batch in the oven.

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Simple Southwest Potatoes {Alexia Blog Party + Giveaway}

Quick and easy – this recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is the perfect weeknight side dish!

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes Potatoes…delicious, versatile and the perfect backdrop for so many flavor combos.  I’m stoked today to be joining Carrian {Sweet Basil}, Kristy {Sweet Treats and More} and Deborah {Taste and Tell} to share a healthy side dish using Alexia’s Smart Classics Potatoes.  Be sure to check out all of the recipes from today’s party further down in this post and stick around until the very end for an incredible giveaway!

Get Smart with Alexia Blog Party Side dishes are usually not the star of the meal and sometimes the time just isn’t there to prepare a tasty one.  Alexia has made healthy side dishes easy with their Smart Classics line of potatoes and fries.  Being 98% fat free and having 100 calories per serving makes them a great choice for any meal.  Follow Alexia on Facebook to discover even more ways to enjoy their products.

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes The beauty of taking a little help from the freezer section for dinner is, that while you’re working on the main dish, your potatoes are baking away.  I chose to season mine simply and sprinkle them with a little bit of shredded cheese because potatoes and cheese just go together.  Adding fresh cilantro and finely chopped green onion brings the flavor explosion.  Don’t forget the dipping sauce – a little greek yogurt and hot sauce spices things up just a bit.  The potatoes come cut in chunks small enough to stab with a fork or big enough to be a finger food should you want to enjoy these as an appetizer for game day.

Want to make this a main dish?  Top with seasoned ground turkey or ground beef, pork carnitas or cafe rio chicken and dinner is served ;)

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Simple Southwest Potatoes

This recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is easy to make and packed with flavor.


  • 1 Tablespoon TACO SEASONING
  • 1/2 cup PLAIN YOGURT (or sour cream)
  • 1 Tablespoon HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot - use more if you'd like it spicier)
  • SHREDDED CHEESE (use as much as you like)
  • FRESH CILANTRO, chopped
  • GREEN ONION, finely chopped


  1. Bake potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Make dipping sauce: mix together yogurt and hot sauce, set aside.
  3. When potatoes are done baking, sprinkle with taco seasoning and stir together to coat all of the potatoes. You can sprinkle on the cheese now and put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Or if your serving dish is oven safe, you can put the potatoes in the serving dish and then top with cheese and put back into the oven to melt cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
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Buffalo Chicken Soup

Once again, two of my favorite things collide, buffalo chicken and soup.  For a while now I have had an extreme love for buffalo sauce.  I don’t really care for eating the chicken off of the bone, but if you flavor the meat (or the Pringles — which I can’t seem to find anymore!!!) I love it!  Just the smell of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce makes my mouth water!

Unfortunately I can’t just make it for dinner at home because as strong as my love for buffalo sauce is, my husband despises it just as much!  So having the opportunity to take it to a party was perfect.  I knew that I would love it no matter what, but I wasn’t sure what others would think. Low and behold it was loved by everyone that tried it and was practically the first one gone.  My only suggestion is don’t skip the toppings.  The soup itself is good, but the addition of green onions, cilantro, and gorgonzola cheese make it outstanding!  I even made croutons to serve with ours which I think makes a great addition to any soup.  This will definitely be in my regular rotation, even though my husband won’t eat it… that just means more for me, right?!

Buffalo Chicken Soup | | #buffalo #chicken #soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless CHICKEN BREASTS, cooked and shredded
  • 4 Tablespoons OLIVE OIL
  • 1 ONION, diced
  • 4 cloves GARLIC, minced or grated
  • 2 Tablespoon FLOUR
  • 64 ounces CHICKEN BROTH
  • 1/2-3/4 cup BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 2/3 cup CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • 1/2 cup PARMESAN CHEESE, grated
  • 3oz CREAM CHEESE, softened and cut into chunks
  • sliced green onions, crumbled gorgonzola, cilantro, and croutons for topping


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt to the pot, stirring to coat, then cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Sprinkle in flour and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Add in stock, buffalo sauce, chicken and grated cheeses, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring every so often. About 1-2 minutes from the end, add in cream cheese and stir until melted in. Serve topped with croutons, cilantro, green onions and gorgonzola. ENJOY!
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Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is



Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch is a classic flavor combo that can’t be beat.  The name had me from the beginning and I had no doubt in my mind that it would be family approved.  However before reading the full recipe, I automatically assumed that the ranch meant ranch dressing.  Much to my surprise I found that it actually meant ranch seasoning and alfredo sauce.  Which I love even more!  I love that you flavor the chicken with ranch while cooking, instead of putting plain ole chicken in the flavorful dish.


So you start with crisp bacon and ranch flavored chicken.  Only to layer it in with noodles of your choice, alfredo sauce, and lots of Italian blend cheese!  Seriously what’s not to like??  It makes a full 9×13″ pan and is excellent served with a salad and garlic bread!  Perfect on a cold winter evening and is sure to please your whole family!

CHICKEN BACON RANCH CASSEROLE | | #chicken #bacon #ranch #casserole #dinner

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole


  • 1 lb. BACON, fried and crumbled, grease saved
  • 1 BELL PEPPER, diced
  • 2 cloves GARLIC, minced or grated
  • 1 lb. PASTA of your choice, cooked al dente
  • 2 jars of ALFREDO SAUCE
  • 1/3 cup MILK


  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, coat with 1/2 packet ranch seasoning. Saute in a skillet with 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease along with bell pepper and garlic. When chicken is cooked completely, drain grease from skillet. Pour one jar of alfredo sauce and milk into skillet with chicken. Stir in the rest of the ranch seasoning. Simmer for five minutes. Set aside a handful of bacon crumbles for top. Begin layering casserole with half the remaining jar of Alfredo on the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan. Then layer 1/2 of the pasta, chicken sauce, and bacon, followed by 1 cup of cheese. Repeat. Finally cover with alfredo sauce, 3rd cup of cheese and bacon that had been set aside. Bake for 30 minutes on 350. Serve with garlic bread. ENJOY!!
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Recipe Source: Beyer Beware


The Best of 2013: Main Dish

The Best of 2013: Main Dish on Crumbs and Chaos #dinner Onward and upward, today we’re reviewing Main Dishes as a part of the Countdown to 2014 series hosted by Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  We’ve already talked about breakfast and soup & bread, today it’s time for dinner.

Ranch Ham Cheese & Veggie Pasta | Crumbs and Chaos #dinner #maindish #pasta Ranch Ham, Cheese and Veggie Pasta

Asian Inspired Chopped Salad | Crumbs and Chaos Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken makes it easy to throw together a quick, healthy meal that can be enjoyed at home or on the go. #mealstogether #salad #asianinspired Asian Inspired Chopped Salad

{Crock pot} Cajun Chicken Pasta | Crumbs and Chaos #maindish #crockpot #chicken {Crock Pot} Cajun Chicken Pasta

Sloppy Quesadillas | Crumbs and Chaos #dinner #supereasy #Manwich Sloppy Quesadillas

Red Rooster aka Strawberry Glazed Grilled Chicken with Feta & Pecans | Crumbs and Chaos An easy and delicious way to dress up grilled chicken, this dish was inspired by an entree from a local restaurant. #chicken #strawberries #maindish #grilling Grilled Chicken with Strawberries, Feta and Pecans

Turkey Pesto Meatballs | | #meatballs #turkey #dinner Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Crispy Pork Carnitas | Crumbs and Chaos #tacos #Mexicanfood #pork #maindish Crispy Pork Carnitas

Spicy Chicken & Bacon Sandwich from Spicy Chicken & Bacon Sandwich

Enchilada Casserole Enchilada Casserole

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

don’t miss last year’s review – The Best of Main Dish 2012

Tender Pot Roast with Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes

Tender Pot Roast with Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #comfortfood #CampbellsSkilledSaucers

I created this meal using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.  #CampbellsSkilledSaucers

I have to admit, I love every season for it’s own qualities.  Summer is lazy and the days are long.  Winter keeps you bundled up and the daylight is shorter and I might secretly like putting my kids to bed a little earlier just because it’s dark out (shhhh!  that’s our secret).  Another thing I love about winter is cozy comfort food.  Mashed potatoes and gravy, Marie (name that movie!)

Tender Pot Roast with Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #comfortfood #CampbellsSkilledSaucers

Pot roast is one of my husband’s favorite meals, evidence of growing up in the Midwest I think.  I love the convenience of most any meal you can make in the slow cooker.  Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce makes this Tender Pot Roast a simply amazing weeknight dinner.  All you need is a few simple ingredients, about 5 minutes for ingredient prep and you’ll come home to a house that smells incredible.

Tender Pot Roast with Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #comfortfood #CampbellsSkilledSaucers Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces come in 5 delicious varieties: Tavern Style Pot Roast, Sweet Korean BBQ, Hawaiian Luau, Moroccan Spiced Stew and Mexican Red Chile Taco.  You choose the protein – beef, chicken or pork – to place in the slow cooker, pour over the sauce of your choice and cook for the time listed on the package.  Add a quick veggie side dish later on and dinner is served!  With the pot roast, I served mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms.  Top it off with some of the sauce from the slow cooker and you’ve got a delicious bowl of comfort food.

Tender Pot Roast with Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #comfortfood #CampbellsSkilledSaucers

Tender Pot Roast with Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes

This Pot Roast recipe is an easy weeknight meal that comes together in just minutes with the help of Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauce and your slow cooker!


  • 1 pkg. CAMPBELL'S SLOW COOKER SAUCE - Tavern Style Pot Roast
  • 8 oz. FRESH MUSHROOMS, quartered
  • SLICED GREEN ONIONS, for garish if desired


  1. Place beef in the slow cooker, pour sauce over beef. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  2. When you're ready to eat, saute mushrooms in a small skillet with a little bit of butter or olive oil.
  3. Remove beef from slow cooker, shred or cut as desired. Serve over mashed potatoes, top each serving with mushrooms, some of the sauce from the slow cooker and sliced green onions if desired.
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Hot Turkey Salad

Hot Turkey Salad | Crumbs and Chaos #turkey #Thanksgiving What’s your favorite thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers?  Add this recipe for Hot Turkey Salad to your list – so easy and ready in minutes!

A couple of years ago I spied the recipe for this Hot Turkey Salad and knew it had to be made at my in-laws house that very next week.  Well, we all enjoyed it so much that we made it again the next year too.  That pretty much guaranteed that it needed to be shared here on Crumbs and Chaos.  Any recipe that makes leftovers a little more exciting and is also super easy is a keeper in my book.

Hot Turkey Salad | Crumbs and Chaos #turkey #Thanksgiving This combination of chopped turkey, creamy mayo, crunchy celery, gooey cheese and sweet cranberries is topped with something crunchy and baked for only 10 minutes.  Talk about quick…just hand me a fork, I’m ready.  Serve with leftover rolls or in the middle of leftover rolls if you’d like!

Hot Turkey Salad | Crumbs and Chaos #turkey #Thanksgiving

Hot Turkey Salad

The easy Hot Turkey Salad is a simple way to reinvent those holiday leftovers.


  • 1 cup DICED ONION (optional)
  • 2 cups DICED CELERY
  • 3 cups COOKED and DICED TURKEY
  • 1 cup MAYO
  • 1 teaspoon LEMON JUICE
  • 2 teaspoons MUSTARD
  • 1/2 teaspoon KOSHER SALT
  • PEPPER, to taste
  • 1/2 cup SLICED ALMONDS
  • CHOPPED GREEN ONION, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for the chips, onions or crackers. Spread in a 9x13 pan and sprinkle chips on top.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes and serve immediately.
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Recipe Source: Simple Girl



More ways to use leftover turkey…

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread

Chicken Pot Pie

Mini Taco Salads


BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread from Crumbs and Chaos

Today I have an easy way to enjoy holiday leftovers using King’s Hawaiian Rolls®.  Their soft, amazing dinner rolls make an incredible BBQ Turkey Slider with Spicy Cranberry Spread.  I mentioned yesterday that I’ve got November food on the brain lately…in fact, I’m practically ready for Christmas music.  I love all of the flavors of Thanksgiving and the bonus of having more than enough to make a few other meals the weekend after Thanksgiving.  These sliders would also be fantastic for any holiday spread that includes appetizers and you could use chicken in place of the turkey as well.

 BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread | Crumbs and Chaos

One of our family’s favorite meals is BBQ anything, so making leftovers more interesting with BBQ sauce is a natural thing for me.  Taking King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls® and stuffing them full of BBQ Turkey, smoked gouda cheese and a good slathering of Spicy Cranberry Spread is the perfect leftover solution for your holiday turkey.  The spicy cranberry spread is just spicy enough to make it exciting, but not enough to make you reach for something to drink.  Make up a tray of these for your crowd and watch them disappear!  Check out King’s Hawaiian Holiday Roll Call for a ton of great holiday recipes!

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread and King's Hawaiian Rolls from Crumbs and Chaos

BBQ Turkey Sliders Recipe -

Leftover cooked and chopped TURKEY

Your favorite BBQ Sauce

Smoked Gouda Cheese, sliced

1 package of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls®, halved


2 Tablespoons PICKLED JALAPENO, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon FRESH CILANTRO, chopped (optional)

2 Tablespoons MAYO


Make cranberry spread by combining cranberry sauce, jalapeno, cilantro and mayo.  Mix turkey with BBQ sauce in a small bowl.

Assemble sandwiches – open rolls, layer turkey and cheese.  Spread inside of top half of roll with cranberry spread and place on top of sandwich.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of King’s Hawaiian®. The opinions and text are all mine.