Dinner & A Movie: Noir Night

Film noir is definitely the movie genre of choice in our house. So this month, at the suggestion of Shea, we decided to do a noir night.

For our menu we kept it simple with semi-homemade pizzas (I bought prepared dough) and pinot noir, of course. As for the movie, we went with Sunset Boulevard. Although I have seen it before, it has been a while, and since Shea never has, we chose it for our movie selection.

Movie: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Menu: Semi-homemade pizzas, Pinot Noir


For the pizza you’ll need…

2 balls of pizza dough, prepared from store

Tomato sauce (my recipe follows, but feel free to use whatever kind you prefer)

Toppings of your choosing – We made one with just cheese and one veggie with green peppers, mushrooms, and black olives.

Lauren’s Tomato Sauce

1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)

1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

1 6 ounce can tomato paste

1 clove of garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

Basil – (either fresh or dried) to your desired taste

  • Place whole tomatoes and garlic in blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a medium sized pot, over medium heat, add olive oil.
  • Add tomato paste, stirring around in the heated oil for about 10 seconds.
  • Add sauce and stir until paste is blended in.
  • Add the blended tomatoes and the basil and stir well. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the sauce begins to boil, lower heat to medium-low and let cook, stirring occasionally, for about an hour.

This recipe is quick and easy. Use it as a pasta and pizza sauce. I like to double the batch and freeze the rest for a quick and easy future meal.


Semi-homemade Pizzas

Plain Cheese

Roll out one ball of dough, following package instructions.

Top with sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.


Roll out one ball of dough, following package instructions.

Slice green peppers and mushrooms in thin slices. Drain olive slices and pat dry.

Top dough with sauce and mozzarella, add veggies and sprinkle with oregano.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.

Another pizza I like to make is spinach and olive. I sauté fresh spinach with garlic, salt, and pepper. Then I top the dough with sauce, mozzarella, spinach, and sliced kalamata olives. So good!


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