These recipes for pizza dough and sauce are very easy to make. The dough rises in 30-45 minutes. I made the sauce and prepped the toppings while the dough was rising. I’ve been making this easy pizza sauce for years and love it. The dough recipe was one I hadn’t tried before. It was on the back of the Flieschmann’s Active Dry Yeast packet. I had another recipe in mind but when I saw it, it looked so easy that I gave it a shot. I made this while my parents were in town and they loved it. Of course it’s pretty easy to pick up the phone and order a pizza but making a homemade one really isn’t that hard and it’s so worth it.
1 envelope Flieschmann’s Active Dry Yeast
1 cup warm water
2-1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar (my addition)
Soften yeast in warm water, in a mixing bowl. Add 2 cups flour, salt, sugar, and oil. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth, about 4 to 6 minutes.
Place in greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes. Punch dough down. Pat dough into a greased large pizza pan. (Make sure you use a large pan unless you want very thick dough!) Top with desired toppings. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
few dashes, black pepper
dash, crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine all ingredients and spread on pizza crust.
Note: Instead of oregano and basil, sometimes I use 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and that works very well, too.
I used mozzarella, italian sausage, pepperoni, green peppers and onions on the pizza for Scott and my parents. I made a small no cheese pizza for myself with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, green peppers and onions. I sprinkled a little dried cilantro on both of them before baking. Yummm! 🙂