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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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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    May 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I love your weekly tradition! Since we don’t have a TV, the hubs and I used to do Sunday-night movie nights on the computer. Our weekends have unfortunately gotten crazy-busy lately, so that hasn’t happened in a while. Our favorite ‘creative’ pizza to make at home is thai peanut chicken. It’s to.die.for 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

      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!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I love this! We also have a weekly pizza night tradition, so new ideas are always exciting to see. I may need to steal this one!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Oooh I may need to steal some of YOURS! 🙂

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    Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes
    May 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    What a great idea! Love it.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Chrissy!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    May 13, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    My fiancé and I eat pizza on an almost weekly basis too! I go a little crazy if I go too long without pizza!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Isn’t that the truth?! Pizza is totally a weekly necessity…

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    May 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I am a big fan of traditions. I don’t do it religiously but I need to reinstate Taco Tuesday.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

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

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    May 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Love this and that pizza looks divine! I love making graham cracker toffee. I make it all the time around the holidays and call it “Christmas Crack”
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      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!

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    Cassy @ On The Inside
    May 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Yum, chicken bacon ranch = awesome combo! Sundays are usually pizza night in our house. I do a “long” run that morning and that justifies the pizza in my head!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

      I think that perfectly justifies it! Pizza is the perfect reward for a long run!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Omg what a cute idea! Miguel and I have pizza night but it’s not as offic and we’re always so indecisive on what kind of pizza lol. TOO MANY TO CHOOSE.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

      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!

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    Kels @ Blonder Side of LIfe
    May 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Aww i love that y’all have a standing pizza date night 🙂 And the pizza does look yum!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks! It was all his idea, so I can’t take too much credit for the idea 😉

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    Nikki@will run for pizza
    May 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    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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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Hahaha LOVE it!! You are hilarious 🙂 Nothing wrong with more than once a week!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    May 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    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
      May 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Haha, I imagine once we have kids, this tradition may or may not stick around 😉

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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner
    May 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I love that you have a weekly pizza tradition! We do too. I make my own dough and pizza sauce and, because my husband is REALLY picky, we usually only have sausage/pepperoni. Thanks so much for sharing this. Love it!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

      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

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    Anna @ That DAMM Runner
    May 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    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 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

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

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    Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    May 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    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
      May 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

      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!

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    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
    May 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    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
      May 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

      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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