Trader Joe’s 13 Best Pizza Ingredients to Add to Your Cart Right Now

When it comes to which type of pizza reigns supreme, the house always wins first prize in my book. Of course, delivery, frozen, and take-out zas have their fair share of benefits. To name a few, they’re quick, simple, and require little to no preparation effort.

But making your own pizza from scratch lets you customize it to your liking, experiment with new flavors, and even have fun along the way. Today I dream of a thin crust pizza with both banana peppers and mushrooms.

Luckily, making your own pizzas at home just got a whole lot easier with Trader Joe’s wide assortment of ingredients and toppings. From spicy cheeses and tangy sauces to a gluten-free crust and fresh veggies, here are 13 pizza ingredients to grab at Trader Joe’s right now.

This list adds to Salon Food’s growing library of supermarket guides. If you’re looking for a fall drink to enjoy with your homemade pizzas, check out the 6 drinks to add to your Trader Joe’s cart this fall.

Volpi Gourmet Undried Pepperoni (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

Volpi’s Gourmet Uncured pepperoni is sold at TJ stores, even though it’s not the retailer’s brand. This sliced ​​pepperoni is a popular pizza topping on Redditwhere loyal TJ customers shared photos of their favorite homemade pizzas.

Some fan favorite recipes include Volpi’s Gourmet Uncured Pepperoni with regular store-bought pizza dough and TJ brand mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce. If you’re not a fan of store-bought pizza dough (or lack the time to make pizza dough from scratch), you can use TJ’s Garlic Naan as a base, then add your choice of cheese, sauce and vegetables alongside the pepperoni slices.

According Reddit user u/night_owl“I really like Volpi. They are based in the famous “The Hill” neighborhood of St. Louis and have gradually expanded their distribution across the United States…They produce TJ’s brand wine flavored salamis as well as some of their own Volpi brand products in store My local TJ always has pre-sliced ​​pepperoni in stock.

Trader Joe's Cheddar Cheese with Scotch Bonnet PeppersTrader Joe’s Cheddar Cheese with Scotch Bonnet Peppers (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

A staple ingredient in Caribbean cuisine, Scotch Bonnet peppers have a subtle yet delicious sweet taste. In TJ’s Cheddar Cheese with Scotch Bonnet Chiliesthe chilies are incorporated into classic English cheddar to create a one-of-a-kind product that serves well in pizzas, grilled cheeses, casseroles and charcuterie boards for dinner parties.

“A delight for heat and cheese lovers of all kinds, this cheddar balances its blend of sweet, spicy and creamy with remarkable grace,” TJ’s writing on its official website.

Trader Joe's All Natural Fresh Mozzarella CheeseAll-Natural Fresh Mozzarella Cheese from Trader Joe’s (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

TJ’s adjective of choice for its all-natural fresh mozzarella cheese is “magical” — and we couldn’t agree more. This cheese, which is enclosed in plastic wrap, has a mild flavor and displays the characteristic “bouncy” texture of fresh mozzarella. TJ All Natural Fresh Mozzarella Cheese is also made with milk from cows never treated with rBST, making it a delicious and safe option for homemade pizzas.

Trader Joe's Sliced ​​ProsciuttoSliced ​​prosciutto from Trader Joe’s (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

If you’re looking for a quality prosciutto to accompany a classic bianca pizza, look no further than TJ’s Sliced ​​Prosciutto. According to TJ’s, it’s made by “a well-known, award-winning Italian salumeria here in the United States.” Prosciutto is made from whole hams that are “cured in the traditional Italian style” and then slowly aged for about 10-12 months.

“As the hams age, their flavor intensifies and their character builds, resulting in a flavor-rich prosciutto that’s exceptional on a panini with arugula and asiago, a natural with melon for brunch or appetizers and great on pizza – try it with pesto or cream-based sauce and inch-long pieces of asparagus,” the California retailer adds.

Trader Joe's Quattro FormaggiTrader Joe’s Quattro Formaggi (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

As the name suggests, TJ’s Quattro Formaggi blends four kinds of pre-grated cheese to create a flavorful blend that pairs perfectly with fresh pizza. Specific cheeses include Asiago (which TJ’s Notes is the strong cheese of the mix), fontina (the creamy), the parmesan (the hazelnut) and the provolone (the soft).

Whether your heart desires a red sauce or a white sauce on homemade pizzas, TJ’s Quattro Formaggi is a versatile cheese option that boasts an intense aroma and an equally intense flavor.

Trader Joe's Seasoned Tuscan Shredded Pizza CheeseTrader Joe’s Tuscan Seasoned Shredded Pizza Cheese (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

TJ’s Pizza Seasoned Toscano Shredded Cheese is obviously a great cheese to use in pizzas as it has the word “pizza” in its name. This unique cheese is made from carefully aged, creamy Toscano cheese wheels, hand-rubbed and generously seasoned with dried herbs, sea salt and spices. The final concoction is a fragrant cheese that’s perfect on homemade pizzas, as well as pastas, potatoes and savory pies.

If you’re looking for ways to use TJ’s Toscano Seasoned Shredded Pizza Cheese, check out this recipe for a quick and easy Toscano pizza. All you need is a fresh French baguette, pizza sauce and seasoned Toscano cheese.

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pizza CrustsTrader Joe’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

TJ’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts are made in Italy and include a list of premium ingredients including cauliflower, chickpea flour, cornstarch and rice flour. To mimic the texture and look of a regular pizza crust, this gluten-free crust is folded to create thin layers, resulting in a deliciously crispy texture with classic pizza “bubbles.”

For vegan pizza fans, TJ’s recommended pairing gluten-free pizza crusts with its cheese alternative of dairy-free mozzarella-style shredded cashews, Campari tomatoes and organic basil. If you’re gluten-free and have no other dietary restrictions, try topping the crusts with Spicy Italian Sausage and TJ’s Light Shredded Mozzarella.

Trader Joe's Ready-to-Bake Herb and Garlic Pizza DoughTrader Joe’s Ready-to-Bake Herb and Garlic Pizza Dough (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

Priced at $1.49 a bag, TJ’s Ready-to-Bake Herb and Garlic Pizza Dough is inexpensive, quick and so satisfying. Seasoned with garlic and a blend of herbs – including basil and oregano – this dough is perfect for meaty pizzas with spicy sausages and peppery tomato-based sauces.

In addition to making pizzas, the dough can be used to make mini pizza rolls, calzones, and even breadsticks.

Trader Joe's Organic Tomato Basil MarinaraTrader Joe’s Organic Marinara Basil Tomato (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

This signature pasta sauce is also great on pizza. TJ’s Organic Tomato and Basil Marinara features tomato puree and chunk tomatoes seasoned with garlic and herbs, such as basil, oregano and parsley. This sauce is packed with flavor, but if you’re looking to elevate it, consider adding butter and fresh chili flakes.

On Reddit, TJ’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara is a go-to ingredient for pasta and pizza. User u/sharribarri wrote“I usually make sauce but if I can’t I buy the traditional tomato basil marinara. It’s $1.79. It’s simple and delicious. We use it for pizza, lasagna or pasta dishes, again if I can’t make my own I tend to like a very simple tomato sauce, my own recipe includes tomatoes, oil, garlic and salt/pepper and a few other very simple additions.”

Trader Joe's Pesto alla Genovese Basil PestoTrader Joe’s Pesto alla Genovese Basil Pesto (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

Another signature pasta sauce that’s also great on pizza, TJ’s Pesto alla Genovese Basil Pesto is not only delicious, but gorgeous too. Made with basil, cashews, garlic, Grana Padano, Pecorino Romano, and pine nuts, the sauce boasts a salty, earthy flavor with a vibrant green hue. Use this sauce to whip up a homemade pesto pizza topped with sun-dried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, arugula and artichoke hearts.

Trader Joe's Fat Free Pizza SauceTrader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza Sauce (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

Described as a “hearty, traditional topping for your favorite pizza crust,” TJ’s Fat Free Pizza Sauce pairs well with fresh mozzarella, mushrooms and spicy sausages or small cubes of roasted garlic chicken. . The sauce itself is made from a list of simple ingredients including basil, black pepper, garlic powder, tomato paste, onion, oregano, salt and sugar. Use it as a pizza topping or as a dip for pizza flavored breadsticks and fresh calzones.

Trader Joe's Pesto RossoTrader Joe’s Pesto Rosso (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)

TJ’s take on red Sicilian pesto has remained a customer favorite for years — and it’s no surprise why. Made by the retailer’s Italian supplier, TJ’s Pesto Rosso contains a tomato base mixed with sunflower oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, cashews and basil (just enough to preserve the sauce’s bright red color). There is also the carrot puree, which adds a touch of sweetness to the sauce.

“Pesto rosso has a crisp, spreadable texture that’s great for topping a toasted baguette or homemade pizza,” according to TJ’s. “Use a few spoonfuls to enhance the flavor of your minestrone or vegetable soup. Of course, mixing this red pesto with your favorite hot pasta is a must!”

Trader Joe's Heavenly Villagio Marzano TomatoesTrader Joe’s Heavenly Villagio Marzano Tomatoes (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)
These bite-sized San Marzano tomatoes can be used to make fresh pizza sauce or garnish homemade pizzas before baking. They are deliciously crunchy, incredibly juicy and perfectly sweet. Each packet of TJ’s Heavenly Villagio Marzano Tomatoes comes with a handful of tomatoes, so you can use extras in pasta or salad dishes.

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