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Baked Potato Pizzas

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I love the Christmas season! The holiday spirit usually starts stirring in me much earlier than early. My (former disc jockey) husband has made me promise not to begin playing Christmas music until the beginning of October. I comply, but I laugh when I still find myself humming carols before The Allowed Date. This year has been a little different. Here we are at the end of October and I haven’t played even one chorus of White Christmas yet. I felt a little alarmed when I realized how abandoned Bing must feel. What’s the matter with me?!

Baked Potato Pizzas

While I’m at Sam’s Club I always do a quick cruise through the entire store. I always have my list ready for my must-buys, but typically I make wonderful discoveries of things I didn’t even know I needed! When I was there last week is when I noticed the Christmas-is-coming reminders. That’s when I realized I’ve hardly given my favorite season a thought. I’ve been too busy.

Too busy isn’t a news flash but I admit the epiphany wasn’t a happy thought. I’ve been powering through days and weeks of to-do lists and hardly remembering to hit the pause button. I don’t want to forget the reason I’m doing all the crazy. I’m determined to ride on all the joy I can capture! For me, that means finding simpler ways of doing the dailies and making better choices. And singing Christmas carols in October.

Bertolli Pasta Sauce

Baked Potatoes

Two Ways to Make Pizza Potatoes

Cheese and Bertolli Pasta Sauce on Potatoes

Pizza Potatoes Ready to Bake

One of the ways I simplify is making semi-homemade meals. Quality Bertolli® Pasta Sauce makes it easy to create quick meals with premium taste. A favorite in our house is my Baked Potato Pizzas. I tell my guys it is Tuscan-inspired, so they think that makes it more special.

Baked Potato Pizzas


  1. Scrub potato and poke it all over.
  2. Rub olive oil on the potato skin and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Either pop it in the oven for crispy potato skin or wrap it in foil for softer skin.
  4. Bake in a conventional oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.*
  5. Cut baked potatoes in half. (You can also make one, deep slice more like a baked potato.. but you won’t be able to fit in as many toppings this way!)
  6. Put the potatoes in a foil lined baking pan for quick and easy clean-up.
  7. Spoon the Bertolli® Olive Oil and Garlic sauce over the potatoes.
  8. Top with desired amount of shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices — or your other favorite toppings!
  9. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes, or until cheese melts and pepperoni sizzles.

*For baking in the microwave, do the same thing as in step #2. Place potatoes on a paper towel or microwavable dish and bake at full power for about 5 minutes. Turn them over for an additional 3-5 minutes. Continue to microwave in 1 minute bursts as needed, until the potato center is soft. Continue with the above steps (but don’t use foil), checking for melted cheese and cooked pepperoni at about one minute.

Quick Meal Idea Baked Potato Pizzas

Bertolli® is celebrating 150 years of Tuscan inspired traditions and family values. Visit their Pinterest for delicious recipes, cooking tips and interesting tid-bits to help simplify meal prep. You can also check out what others are saying by using the hasthtag #BertolliTuscanTour on social media. You can pick up Bertolli® Pasta Sauces at Sam’s Club, while you’re humming Christmas carols.


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

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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.