This recipe makes 3 pizzas, I thought with the Super Bowl coming up in just a few weeks it was a great time for my favorite game day meal. Are you thinking now, I can just order pizza on the big day… well I like to call this my $3 pizza, because I stock my house with flour, olive oil and canned tomatoes when they are on sale I love to brag that I can make 3 pizzas for $3, make you think again about ordering pizza now? Also if you have kids this is a ton of fun to let each person top their own pizza, then whatever pizza is left over can be frozen, two slices per bag for a quick lunch on the run. You can take this recipe and run with it, make it your own with toppings, just count the calories and be aware of how quickly pepperoni and sausage can add up. You will want plenty of time to let the dough rise, often I make it in the morning when I get up on Sunday, go out and have fun with my family, come home and make lunch. You don’t need to (or want to) refrigerate the dough or sauce so make it while you are sipping on your coffee then it should be ready come lunch time.
What you will need to make 3 pizzas:
1 package yeast
¼ cup water (to dissolve yeast in)
3 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp salt
¼ cup olive oil
¾ cup warm water
15 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
3 tbs Italian seasoning or fresh basil
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste, tiny pinch of sugar to cut the acid of the tomatoes
1- 8 oz ball of mozzarella cheese
1 large bunch of basil
Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. Combine flour and salt in your big fancy mixer with the dough hook, spin to mix and make well in the middle. Add yeast mix, oil and 3/4 cup water
turn that sucker on, once it balls up around the hook it is done (you may need to add more warm water) you can also just use a large bowl and your hands to kneed the dough, it just takes a little longer, but it is a great stress reliever. Dust bowl (same bowl you just used in the mixer, because it is toasty warm) with flour, put back in dough and cover with BOTH plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel. Let rise for at least 2 hours.
Mix everything for sauce together in a medium size bowl, cover with plastic wrap until you are ready to use.
Time to make the pizzas:
Punch the dough, HARD! Then a quick 3 second kneed in the mixer, separate it in to three softball sized balls. Cover surface and rolling pin with flour and roll our each dough ball. Then top with sauce and desired toppings. Stick it in a oven at 500 for 10 min, watch closely I have to spin it 1/2 way through.
Let sit for 3 min, use a pizza wheel to cut into 8 slices then insert into face
Wanna look like super Wife/Mom? Make these for your family, they are easy and fast, plus you can also freeze the dough balls and extra sauce, and just make one at a time. I have some readers who can not have tomatoes (talking to you Carrie P.), I would assume you have already gotten over this hurdle and come up with pizza sauces you can have, but just some really nice olive oil, salt and pepper, sliced garlic and basil and you are in pizza heaven! Cheese allergies (I’m thinking you Ashley H.), go to your local artisan cheese shop and pick up what you can have and use instead, or just skip all together and load on the toppings. This is VERY easy to make, and fast (for you Laurie L.) Have some fun, if your floor and kids are covered in flour after making these pizzas I would say its a good day. I just had right hand surgery (and yes I am right handed) and I was able to make this one handed, so no excuses here