We’re BIG fans of pizza over here—delivery, restaurant, or homemade thin crust pizza. It doesn’t really matter to us, so long as the cheese-to-sauce ratio is on fleek (per my tween), and the crust is both chewy and a little crispy—it can’t be bland.
Homemade crust is really simple to make, super forgiving (I substitute all-purpose for whole wheat flour all the time, or use a blend of both), and takes a mere five ingredients. Keep yeast packets in your pantry, and you’ll likely have what you need (yeast, flour, water, salt, oil) to make awesome dough, whenever the mood strikes!
When you make the pizza dough, prep extra to freeze for later. Pizza can then pulled together in the time it takes to preheat your oven to 500 degrees. From thawing to topping—about 15 minutes. Quicker than delivery, my friends!
We love thin crust pizza, and I roll it as papery thin as possible. One day, I do want to attempt a perfect homemade deep dish crust—I’m picturing one of my cast iron skillets, something that’s crispy and buttery and melts in your mouth… One day. Mmm…
As for the cheese, I prefer fresh mozzarella—and plenty of it. The rest of my family likes it, too, but equally as much as the less fancy shredded “pizza mix” from the grocery store. I love that they’re not picky because it means more of the good stuff for me. Ha!
And while homemade sauce isn’t difficult to make, I find a regular jar of marinara does the job fine as a pizza sauce. Once opened, jarred sauce keeps well in the fridge, and can be used later as the base for Baked Ziti, more pizza, or in meatloaf.
And toppings? Well, that varies by family member. I typically keep plenty of veggie options in the fridge (tomatoes, green onions, mushrooms, peppers), and we usually have bacon, too (because, BACON). I like lots of toppings, my daughter love veggies (except when there’s crumbly sausage), and both my son and husband are purists: plain cheese.
Time to grab the peel and heat up the oven!
- 1 pizza dough round
- 2 tablespoons sauce
- ½ ball mozzarella
- Toppings of your choice
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- Place a pizza stone on the middle rack in a cold oven. Preheat your oven to 500°F and sprinkle a pizza peel with cornmeal.
- On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. You want it as thin as possible!
- Transfer the pizza dough to your prepared peel, then top with sauce, cheese and toppings.
- Quickly jerk and slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone, and let it cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and melted.
- Remove the pizza and enjoy immediately!
An alternative my daughter enjoys is using olive oil instead of sauce, with a sprinkle of salt and garlic powder, then the cheese and other toppings—more like a flat bread. Yum!