My son is the newest Pizza Chef in our house- he is awesome at whipping up an amazing pizza dough. Did I mention he is 10 years old? Pizza is one of those things I make from scratch- because its SO EASY, tastes SO GOOD, and is good for you! Pizza dough is also a great place to start if you’ve been wanting to make bread, but are nervous about just jumping into it. Why do I have my 10 year old make it? Well, besides the obvious fact that if HE is doing it, I don’t have to…its great for him to learn to cook, and its math AND science at the same time- which I love. And he ADORES that feeling of putting a pizza on the table that he made by himself for the whole family to enjoy, which is also something that I want him to learn. Another fun idea we do with this pizza dough is we do Friday nights are Pizza/Movie nights. We vary up the toppings/kind of pizza and sometimes, just for fun I let each of the kids make their own pizza- which was how Ethan got interested in cooking himself. Here is our favorite recipe. You CAN NOT mess this up. Just mix it up, let it rest for a couple of minutes while you mix up the sauce and roll it out- boom. You can have a pizza in the oven in less than 15 minutes, which is less time than it takes to drive to Little Ceasers, pay for your 5$ Pizza and bring it home. And it will taste better I promise!
Easy Peasy Pizza
- 2 cups Flour + 1 cup reserved
- 1 TBSP Sugar
- 1 TBSP Yeast (just regular old yeast is fine)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 TBSP oil
Dump all your Dry ingredients (leave out the +1 cup of flour- you’ll use that later) in a bowl, then pour your water in, and pour the oil into that. Mix it up with a fork (you don’t need a fancy mixer for this). When its all mixed up and kind of in a wet ball, add in some of the extra cup of flour and get some on your hands- then just mix it into the dough until your dough seems soft and not sticky. You may not use all the flour that you have in your bowl- FYI. If you have a fancy mixer you can just add a little of the extra flour at a time until your dough is forming a ball and not sticky. Now just let your dough “rest” for about 10 minutes. Note- if you have more time, and let your dough actually RISE for about 1/2 hour or 45 minutes its even better. Totally not necessary though. While your dough is resting, mix up your sauce- we make all sorts of different sauces, and my kids favorite is an Alfredo sauce that we make. You can also just open up a can of cheap spaghetti sauce- whatever works. But I am including my basic easy sauce recipe, that is a staple in our house. Thanks again to Aubrey Anderson for the sauce recipe 🙂 I usually use my Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender, Chopper and Ice Crusher: More Power & 2 Times Faster
to mix this up but any old blender will do.
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes drained
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
- 1 TBSP brown sugar or honey
Mix it all up in the blender/Ninja Now just spread out your pizza dough, I usually put oil on my hands and then just pat it out on the cookie sheet, or pizza stone. Spread the sauce on and add whatever toppings or cheese you like. Then Bake at 450 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, or until the crust is starting to lightly brown. Let it rest for about 5-10 minutes before cutting so it doesn’t all run together, and enjoy! (This makes one big pizza- I usually double it for our family of 6)