Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{Recipe} Delicious & Easy Homemade Pizza

I am really excited to share this recipe with you! I have made homemade pizza before and it has always been an epic fail. Usually, because of the crust. This recipe is nearly fool proof! I decided to try out a new recipe for the sauce and it was so, so, so good! It is great as a pizza sauce but would be amazing just with some pasta. Total time from start to finish on the crust, sauce, toppings and bake time was less than an hour. My kids devoured it, my husband thinks I'm a rock star Super Mom who does it all {okay, not his exact words but he loved it nonetheless!}

First up, the pizza crust. I found this super easy recipe over on Everyday Food Storage. I won't post the recipe here but you can check it out by following this link. She even has a video to help walk you through it which was nice. Now, it does make a DEEP dish pizza if you do it all in one pan. Which is what I did this time around. Next time I will split it between two cookie trays for a thinner crust. I will probably freeze the second one as well making dinner time super simple for a future meal! Oh, and this time around I made it with Thrive White Flour. Next time, I am going to try out my new Wondermill Grain Mill and do half White Flour and half whole wheat flour!!

While I was waiting for the crust to rise I started on my sauce. This Marinara Sauce recipe from Thrive is awesome! It was super simple and is relatively inexpensive and having everything stocked in my pantry all the time makes it even better. If you aren't up for trying something new and already have a pizza sauce recipe you love - use that. If you want to blow your family away with your amazing culinary skills {don't worry if you don't have any - I don't - the sauce does all the work for you} try this one!!

Thrive Marinara Sauce by Chef Todd


Sweat garlic with butter until softened. Deglaze with wine and reduce by half. Add onions, tomatoes, and Italian blend. Let mixture absorb remaining wine. Once absorbed, add water, sauce mix, and seasoning. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Now for my alterations to the sauce recipe... I don't stock red wine at my house so I substituted Vegetable Broth. Tasted great and I don't know the difference so it's all the same to me! I didn't have any Thrive Tomato Dices so I opted for 1 cup of Canned Tomato dices that I had purchased at the grocery store. I reduced the water in the recipe to 1 1/2 cups since my tomatoes were already rehydrated. I also used some Italian Seasoning that I purchased at Sam's Club.

Once my crust was out of the oven my sauce was pretty much done. I let it cool for a few minutes then spread it evenly over my crust. I topped with fresh Mozzarella Cheese. I like to purchase mine at Sam's Club. I can usually get 4 big  portions (whether it's lasagna, pizza, etc) out of each bag and I store them in freezer quart bags. 

Next up, toppings! Here you can do whatever you want. I was really disappointed that we ran out of Thrive Sausage Crumbles {my Q ships later this week}. My local grocery store had packages of HUGE pepperoni on sale for $1 each. I bought a couple. I only needed about half of what came in the poutch and I can use the rest for sandwiches or pizza pockets this week. I also had half a bell pepper leftover from salads and used that up. Of course you can top with whatever yummy veggies and meats your family loves. OR leave it plain cheese pizza because my kids cannot get enough of it! Once all of that was on I stuck the pizza back in the oven for 5 minutes or so and then I turned it up to broil and watched it like a hawk for a minute. Once the cheese started to brown and bubble I took it out of the oven.

What's for dinner at your house tonight?

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