Quick and Easy Pizza

Pizza. It’s a staple at our house, just like many houses with small children. I started making my own dough a few years ago. It really is the tastiest pizza. It’s also the most affordable, and probably the healthiest. When I first started, I used a recipe that required me to leave the dough for two hours to rise. It made fabulous dough, but it also meant that I was often scrambling around for dinner because I’d totally forgotten to make the dough.

Since then, I’ve discovered that while leaving the dough out to rise does make fabulous pizza, it’s not totally necessary. You can mix this dough up in about 20 minutes, pop it straight into the oven, and still have great pizza. If you’re organized, make it an hour earlier and let it rise once and punch it down. But I almost never do.

Pizza dough
Jacob helps with kneading

I’ve included the seasonings I add in this recipe. They’re all optional. Also, I usually don’t measure the amounts exactly, and I work with what I have on hand. Don’t feel that you have to follow my seasoning instructions exactly. Also, you can use white flour, or whole wheat, or some combination. I typically use half and half, because I find that the extra gluten in white flour helps the dough to rise better.

Finished dough
The dough all stretched out and ready for toppings

While I make my own dough, I will confess that I use jarred sauce. If you had your own jarred sauce, you’d really be set. Or you could make something in small quantities. But I am lazy, and this is meant to be an easy, last-minute meal on a Friday evening, so I take the easy way out.

Covered with toppings and ready to bake
Pizza all ready for the oven

If you would like to make your own last-minute dough, here’s my recipe:

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Ingredients:
1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp honey
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup parmesan (optional)
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 tsp pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
3/4 tsp oregano (optional)

Yeast proofing

Preparation:
Dissolve the yeast and honey in the water. Set aside for about 10 minutes until the mixture is all bubbly and frothy on top. This is also a good time to preheat your oven to 375F.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together, and add the yeast mixture. Knead for 5-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy. This is something you really just have to get a feel for. Spread some oil on your baking sheet, and then stretch out the dough. I make rectangular pizzas on a cookie sheet, because I don’t have a fancy pizza pan.

Add your toppings, and bake in the 375F oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the dough is golden brown.

Yield: One large pizza.

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  1. mmmmm pizza! We love pizza in this house and eat if often (yesterday afternoon for lunch actually). I love playing with pizza and letting the kids do what they will with it. It is also great for dinner parties….we have vegitarian friends who come over with their daughter and pizza is a great interactive meal for everyone to make what they want and have fun doing it!
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  2. Yummy! We also love a nice, easy homemade pizza. I sometimes buy our pizza sauce, but other times I make it using this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Pizza-Sauce-I/Detail.aspx It’s very easy and all things most people will have on hand. In fact, we had pizza for lunch yesterday. It was goo-ood!
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  3. I also have a pizza recipe that I was going to post sometime this week. Great minds and all that. 🙂 Yours sounds good. Mine doesn’t use yeast.
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  4. This is active dry yeast?

  5. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! We LOVE pizza around here, and I can’t believe I’ve never made pizza at home with the kids – what a great idea; thanks Amber! 🙂
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  6. I think I’ll give this a try although I try not to use any white flour in my baking. I do however make my own sauce. I don’t can it but I make a pot of it and freeze it in single portions. I don’t actually use a recipe I just make it similar to a pasta sauce but with some tomato paste added and sometimes a pinch or so of sugar. The real secret, I find is lots of garlic and pepper and a good splash of red wine vinegar. Damn, now I want pizza.
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  7. Well, this is timely! I’ve got homemade pizza on our menu for this Friday. I have my own crust recipe, but I might try yours this week!
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  8. I just made pizza from scratch for the very first time today!

    mmmm….

    sure there is a little preplanning and elbow grease involved, but it was surprisingly easy! I don’t think I’ll be buying a premade crust ever again.
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  9. I have a pizza dough mix that I bought and have been avoiding because of the whole ‘waiting for it to rise’ deal… here’s my question, if you can just mix it & cook right away why do most recipes call for waiting for the dough to rise. What difference does the ‘rising’ of the dough make (is it a thicker crust?)
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    • After a rising the crust is lighter and fluffier. It is better, but I find that this is good enough. The crust generally rises during baking, and this lets me have pizza without the forethought.

  10. It looks good:) I’m happy to see that you make pizza the italian style, and not piling up on its crust a bit of just everything. Once my kids were offered pizza with pineapple in the US, which has become a family joke and threat. Ciao!
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  11. It’s good to know that you don’t have to prep so far in advance. My sister was telling me about getting together with a girlfriend to make some dish, and the first instruction in the book was “Last night, you should have already prepared . . . ”

    That’s a recipe doomed for failure.
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  12. Mommy Quit says:

    Thanks for the recipe Amber! I have usually purchased premade pizza dough but now I can make my own (looks very straightforward). And you’re right – pizza is a staple at our house (almost eating it at least once every 2 weeks!)
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  13. MMMM! Friday nights is Pizza Night in our house too! We have been buying our pizza… however, I DO intend on making our own pizza as our son gets older. Your post reminded me… he’s at the age where it’d be fun to do with him. Especially since he likes pizza. (Although he pulls the cheese off) I may need to try you8r recipe soon =)
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