A heart shaped pizza seems like the perfect idea for Valentine’s Day. What could be better than chowing down on the ultimate comfort food with the one you love? It’s the perfect food to Netflix and chill, and if you’re of the mind to stay at home, you can order in or make your own.
For a list of where to order heart shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day this year, read all the way to the end. But if you want to make your own delicious heart shaped pizza from scratch, this recipe is simple and delicious.
The perfect pizza begins with the crust. This one is simple to make, and you probably already have your ingredients on hand.
Combine warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl, stir, and let it sit for 5-7 minutes. Then, stir in some olive oil. In a large bowl, combine your flour and salt. Slowly pour in the yeast mixture, stirring to form a rough dough.
Grab and knead for a few minutes. This is lovely to do together. Have your partner stand behind you as you intertwine fingers and shape the dough into a firm mound. Think Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. There is always romance to be had in baking.
Brush the dough ball with olive oil, cover and let sit for an hour until size almost doubles.
Making pizza sauce is a team effort, as well. This homemade marinara gives each of you a chance to do your thing with one of you chopping and mincing and the other stirring and tasting. Why not take turns feeding each other from the spoon? Cooking is sensual, right?
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until evenly mixed/blended and smooth.
Roll out your dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone. Don’t worry about creating a heart-shape now. Just roll it into a large circle. Spread your sauce over it in a heart-shape, as this will give you a guide to cut the dough later.
Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese on top of your heart shape, and add any other toppings you like. I keep it simple with a four-cheese Italian blend, but you could add meats, cheeses, fruits or anything else.
With a pizza or pastry cutter, cut a heart shape around your sauce/toppings, making sure to leave at least an inch of extra crust around all edges.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes, depending on thickness. Start checking at 10 minutes, and you will know pizza is ready when you can easily lift up the bottom without sticking.
How cute is that? The crust will turn out just the right amount of chewy and delicious. I like to brush on some melted butter at the end, or even some garlic butter all around the crust, as it gives it an extra depth of flavor.
Cut it into a grid for the best distribution of slices.
Lay out a cute tablecloth, light a candle and put on a little mood music to set the scene, and your rustic pizza becomes a real gourmet meal.
Now, how about that!? A perfectly delicious and simple meal for two that has all the romance you could ask for. It’s a great one for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or any date night. It’s even better because you can wait until the kids go to bed before starting, and then you don’t have to pay a babysitter. Just go throw on some Netflix, and you’re off!
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/3 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 1 can diced tomatoes, sauce in
- 6oz tomato paste
- 1 small bunch (½ – 1 handful) fresh parsley
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- Pepper, oregano, and other spices to your preference
- Combine warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl, stir, and let sit for 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the olive oil.
- In a large bowl, combine your flour and salt. Slowly pour in yeast mixture, stirring to form rough dough.
- Grab and knead for a few minutes.
- Brush with olive oil, cover and let sit for an hour until size almost doubles.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until evenly mixed/blended and smooth.
- Roll out your dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone. Don’t worry about creating a heart-shape now. Just roll it into a large circle. Spread your sauce over it in a heart-shape, as this will give you a guide to cut the dough later.
- Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese on top of your heart shape, and add any other toppings you wish for. I keep it simple with a four-cheese Italian blend, but you could add meats, cheeses, fruits or anything else.
- With a pizza or pastry cutter, cut a heart shape around your sauce/toppings, making sure to leave at least an inch of extra crust around all edges.
- Bake at 400 for 10-20 minutes, depending on thickness. *Start checking at 10 minutes, and you will know pizza is ready when you can easily lift up the bottom without sticking.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1011Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 2207mgCarbohydrates: 200gFiber: 15gSugar: 21gProtein: 29g
Prefer to order in? Order your Valentine’s Day heart shaped pizzas online at these participating restaurants!
From February 11-16, CPK is offering to make any of its pizzas into a heart for free (thin crust pizzas only). They’re also offering a “Sweet Deal for Two” that includes one app, two entrées, and a dessert for $35.
From February 10 – 16, you can get a one-topping heart shaped Pizza for $11 with the promo code VALENTINE. If you’re feeling extra fancy, get a one-topping heart-shaped pizza and a double chocolate chip brownie for just $16 with the promo code BEMINE, at participating locations. The pizza chain notes that the heart-shaped pie comes uncut “because we don’t want to break your heart.” All heart-shaped orders will be made on a thin crust base and can be made-to-order with your favorite toppings.
What’s great about Pizano’s is that they ship nationwide. Frozen, heart shaped pizza is available for all of February, and if you buy a two or four-pack of mix-and-match pizzas you’ll get a free thin crust heart shaped pizza.
For the entire month of February, guests can order any one-topping, large 14-inch Mountain Mike’s pizza in the shape of a heart for the same price as a standard large, one-topping pizza.
Get a one-topping heart shaped pizza for just $6.99 at Hungry Howie’s. This offer is available on February 13 through February 14.
The take-and-bake HeartBaker ($9) at Papa Murphy’s includes a from-scratch pizza crust, traditional red sauce, whole milk mozzarella, and pepperoni. The catch: You have to bake it yourself. At least that guarantees you a really hot slice on Sunday night. They’re also offering a “Sweetheart of a Deal”: one HeartBaker and a chocolate chip cookie for $12.
Last year, Pizza Hut just about broke the internet with their Valentine’s Day heart-shaped pizzas. These pizzas will be available again this year through 2/16 and will and cost $11.99 or $16.99.
Yep, you can buy heart shaped pizza on Amazon. This particular pie is from Lou Malnati’s — one of Chicago’s best names for deep dish pizza. Orders ship from Monday through Wednesday and arrive within two days of shipping.
This article first appeared on February 24, 2017.