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homemade pizza

Homemade Pizza

Making amazing pizza at home is much easier than you may think! Whether it’s Family Fun Night or just Friday night, creating your own homemade pizza is fun for the whole family AND less expensive than delivery or take-out. 
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the Dough

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

For the Sauce

  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Suggested Toppings

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms if using canned, drain completely
  • ½ cup sliced black olives if using canned, drain completely
  • ½ lb. mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves

Instructions
 

Make the Dough

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water; stir gently to dissolve
  • Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes
  • Turn the mixer on low and add the salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Add the flour, a little at a time, mixing at the lowest speed until all the flour has been incorporated
  • When the dough starts to stick together, increase the speed to medium, stopping the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook
  • Test the dough by squeezing a small amount of together with your fingertips: if it's crumbly, add more water; if it's sticky, add more flour – 1 tablespoon at a time
  • Mix until the dough easily gathers into a ball - this should take about 5 minutes
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times; kneading until it's smooth and elastic
  • Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turning it over once to coat
  • Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down using your fist to let the air out and gently place it on a lightly floured countertop
  • Roll and stretch the dough into one long piece and then divide into 3 equal parts
  • Cover and let rest for 10 minutes while you make the Pizza Sauce

Make the Pizza Sauce

  • In a medium size bowl, combine the tomato paste and tomato sauce and whisk until smooth and no lumps remain
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well

Assemble the Pizza

  • Roll or pat out one of the pieces of dough into a 12 inch circle, about ⅛-inch thick
  • Place the dough on a pizza pan
  • Brush the dough with a thin layer of olive oil, and top with about 4 -5 Tbsp. of the pizza sauce
  • Add the Italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives (or your favorite toppings)
  • Top with a generous layer of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for 14 - 16 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the top is slightly browned