Pizza Night: Our Weekly Tradition – Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pizza

Hi there!

Today I wanted to share our delicious pizza from Friday night. As you probably already know, we have a very serious weekly tradition around these parts. It’s do or die.

Pizza Night.

We started this tradition pretty soon after we got married as a way to always work in a date night together once a week. It’s since become our favorite part of the week, and for me, it’s the perfect carb-load meal for the night before most race days! Win-win!

I’ve blogged a few of our pizza nights in the past, both on Sweet Mile and my photography blog –

Easy Spinach Bacon Pizza
Mozzarella Basil Pizza
Personal Deep Dish Pizza

The premise of our pizza nights are simple: every Friday night we both agree to not make plans, one person picks the pizza recipe, and the other person picks a dessert. The person who is on dessert, gets to pick the movie.

This past Friday night I was in charge of making the pizza. We recently bought a pizza stone, so I was excited to test it out! Side note- we cheat on our crust and buy a store-bought roll out crust. One day when we have a big mixer, we might start making our own crust. Baby steps. And for time’s sake, a pre-made crust is just too easy. Anyways, I was craving a chicken-bacon-ranch pizza, but wasn’t in the mood to mess with grilling chicken. So, I nixed the chicken, but still went with a ranch style pizza anyways!

I’ll admit that I failed to take pictures throughout the glamorous pizza-building stage, but believe-you-me, it was super easy and fast.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pizza Recipe


-tomato sauce
-bacon strips crumbled into small bite size pieces (we grilled our bacon for added smokey flavor!)
-1 large tomato
-1 dices onion
-finely shredded cheddar cheese
-finely shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 whole wheat crust

In a small bowl, I combined 2 parts pizza sauce to 1 part ranch. I probably ended up with more ranch than pizza sauce though, but that’s just my preference. Then I covered the pre-baked crust with my new ranch sauce.

Next, I shredded a layer of cheddar cheese to fully cover the sauce. Then added 6 large extra thin slices of tomato, as well as the diced onions. On top of that I added another layer of shredded cheddar cheese. On top of that went the bacon, and on top of that to finish was a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese.

cheddar bacon ranch pizza

The crust pre-bakes for about 5 minutes at 400*, then the whole pizza bakes at 400* for about 8 minutes.



I didn’t say I made the prettiest pizzas, but this pizza was delicious!

For dessert, Adam made homemade iced caramel macchiatos, and graham cracker toffee.

caramel iced machiattos

You can find the recipe for the graham cracker toffee bars here. 

Pizza night may not be the healthiest tradition, but it makes for a great date night, and happy memories.

What’s your favorite kind of homemade pizza? Do you have a weekly meal tradition?

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    • Sweet Miles says

      What a great idea!! I actually love that you don’t have a tv…we have sworn off having a tv in the bedroom and only have one in the living room. It can be such a distraction :) Thai Peanut Chicken Pizza sounds amazing! What a unique recipe!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Oh my goodness!! We were literally just talking about doing a Taco Tuesday like two days ago!!! I think it’s a fabulous idea!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Christmas Crack is a genius name for it!! It’s so addicting! My husband’s family makes legitimate hardcore real toffee around the holidays, but graham cracker toffee is much more my speed, haha!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Haha! There really are too many pizzas to choose from!!! Not going to lie, sometimes we just slap on some pizza sauce and fresh mozzarella and call it a night!

  1. says

    LOVE it! We, of course, have pizza nights too. :) But, more than one night a week! haha Those caramel macchiatos look delish! And so does the graham cracker toffee bars!! He did good! And so did YOU on the pizza!! #proudfellowpizza-runner-blogger :)
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  2. says

    That looks delicious, I’m going to have to try it!

    I love your pizza/dessert/movie date nights – we need to make more time to do things like that! (You know, instead of passing out when I put the kids to bed!)
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Aw yay!! It’s such an easy date night :) I would love to make my own dough one day, I know it’s so easy, but I don’t want to mess with it without a prized kitchen aid stand mixer haha

  3. says

    My boyfriend and I were JUST talking about how we need to start making pizza again! We made it all the time in college. He likes pepperoni because it’s boring. I like spinach, ricotta, prosciutto, etc. etc. I’m fancy I guess :)

    • Sweet Miles says

      Haha, yes, I would call that fancy 😉 But delicious!!! Pepperoni is definitely a little boring haha, but, so easy!

  4. says

    What a great tradition! I think I’ll have to do something similar when my bf and I eventually live together :) I love making homemade pizza as well though I’ve never used dough (weird right?). I have used pita bread so each person gets a little mini pizza :)
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Not weird at all!!! We’ve made pizzas before using things other than dough as well :) Pita bread is a great idea! Probably much healthier too!

  5. says

    That pizza looks so good! I’m not a huge fan of chicken on pizza, so I’d definitely like this recipe/modification you made. I also love that you guys have this tradition, and one person also makes dessert…what a great date night! I could now totally go for an iced caramel macchiato and those toffee bars :)
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Thanks! It’s been a fun tradition for sure :) I’m sure you would love the ice macchiatos and toffee bars, they’re delicious! :)

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