{PIZZA NIGHT}

I. LOVE. PIZZA.

I don’t know about you all, but to me, pizza is such a yummy comfort food. I love being able to make it anyway I want with whatever toppings I have in the pantry. And, it’s EASY and heck!

I’m going to share with you my favorite {homemade} dough and sauce. I’m telling ya, they’re both easy and so much better than anything you can buy in the store. Here we go!

For the dough, you’re going to need warm water, active dry yeast, sugar, flour, olive oil, salt, and any seasonings you want. I like to use basil, garlic powder, and oregano.

In a small bowl, mix together the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let that sit for 10ish minutes or until the yeast looks “fluffy”. This part is always the longest for me. It seems time is going by so slow, but I absolutely LOVE the smell of yeast, so it’s not all that bad! Once that’s ready, put it in your mixer along with HALF the amount of flour and olive oil.

Make sure to add your hook attachment if you have one! You could also knead with your hands if need be. Once that’s mixed together, add the remaining flour, salt, and seasonings and continue to mix until you have a smooth ball of dough.

If the dough is too sticky, add the tiniest bit of flour and continue to mix. Likewise, if it’s not coming together, add a few drops of water and continue mixing. Once finished, remove the dough from the bowl and transfer into a smaller bowl for rising. I like to spray my bowl with a bit on non-stick cooking spray so it’s easier to take out after it rises. Cover the bowl with some saran wrap and place in microwave. Let rise for 40-60 minutes.

Once the dough in done rising, transfer the ball onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle your hands with flour and begin kneading. Typically, you want to flatten slightly, grab the end of dough closest to you, and fold over towards the back. This kneading motion will help evenly spread ingredients and get the dough ready for the pizza. Form it back into a ball before rolling it out.

Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to the size of your pizza pan/stone. This may take a while, since the dough is an elastic food. Be patient and take your time! Once it’s rolled out, transfer dough onto a VERY heavy sprayed pizza stone (unless you’re using a pan. You don’t need as much spray). This will help the dough not stick in the cooking process. Once on the stone, feel free to pinch the sides to create a “crust”.

Now it’s time for the sauce! This is WAY too easy and honestly tastes so much better than any store bought sauce. You’re going to need one small can of tomato paste and one small can of tomato sauce. Mix those together and add seasonings. I like to use basil, oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. You’ll have enough sauce for two pizzas, so put the other half in the fridge for another night!

Spread the sauce on the dough and add ingredients! I used mozzarella, sausage, sauteed onions and peppers, and a bit more cheese on top to hold everything together. Put the pizza into a 400′ oven for 22-26 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through.

Take that pizza out of the oven, let cool slightly, and there ya have it! Delicious, homemade pizza!

We loved this pizza so much, that I’ve already made it three times! It’s an easy one to whip together if you have some extra time on your hands. Plus, the overall cost to make this pizza was under $10! Can’t beat that!

What are you favorite pizza toppings? Are you a homemade pizza or take out kinda gal? Let’s see those pizzas in the comment sections below!

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