For our one year anniversary, we had some of our wedding party over for dinner and cake. To feed the crowd, I made pizza. It’s so easy and much healthier than ordering in!
I even made my own pizza sauce! I adapted a spaghetti sauce recipe from my sweet friend Leah who unfortunately couldn’t be here this weekend. She’s an amazing cook and her spaghetti is to-die-for good! The sauce can be cooled and jarred and stored in the fridge for a week or so (honestly, I’ve never left mine in there any longer because it always gets used!).
P.s. I didn’t get any pictures of the finished product because it was so crazy hectic trying to make 6 pizzas at once! Sorry!
What you need:
2 c warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
4 cups of flour (all purpose or wheat)
3 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
pizza sauce (recipe below)
How to do it:
Put the water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast packet over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine onion and garlic powders, salt, and flour in another bowl. Once time is up, add honey and olive oil to the yeast mixture. Stir gently. Add flour mixture a little at a time and mix until fully combined. Drizzle olive oil in the bottom and up the sides of a clean mixing bowl. Shape the dough into a ball and place in the mixing bowl. Cover with a cloth and let it sit in a warm place for 2 hours or in the fridge overnight.
Take half of the dough and knead it gently for a minute. Place on a pizza pan or stone and stretch or roll into desired shape. Top with a little olive oil, pizza sauce, cheese, and any other desired toppings. I like to layer spinach leaves over the sauce and add olives and green pepper strips. Yum! Bake at 425*F for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
This is a very thin pizza crust. If you like a thicker crust, use the entire recipe to make one pizza crust and build up the edges for a “traditional” crust.
Homemade Pizza Sauce (also Spaghetti Sauce)
What you need:
3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like it a little spicy)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white wine
2 cans of tomato sauce (or crushed tomatoes if making spaghetti sauce)
1 tbsp dried basil
How to do it:
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and heat until browned. Add red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Add in white wine and lower heat. Stir in tomato sauce (or tomatoes) and basil. Stir until thoroughly combined. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until the mixture does not taste like wine. If making spaghetti sauce, now is the time to add any pre-cooked and drained meat you want. Spread over prepared pizza crust or serve over warm noodles.