We eat a lot of pizza in our house! In fact, it is a weekly tradition for us. The kids look forward to it, and I love having one meal each week already planned for me.
A couple of years ago I decided to try my hand at making homemade pizza. I had been a little intimidated by the thought. Wouldn’t it take a long time? What if it was a total flop? But, I decided to give it a try.
I am so glad that I did! I wanted to share with you my completely fool-proof, go-to homemade pizza recipe. Enjoy!
Best Ever Pizza Crust
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 ½ cups flour
Bake w/ toppings at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes prep, 15 minutes bake
Fill a liquid measuring cup with warm water–making sure the water is not too hot. Add the yeast, sugar, salt, and oil. Let sit together while you measure the flour into a bowl. Add liquid to flour. Stir together. Knead mixture for 3-5 minutes. Roll into a circle and place on a pizza pan.
- I buy yeast in jar form instead of the packets of 3. This saves quite a bit of money. You can put the yeast into the fridge after you’ve opened it, making it last for months.
- If you are intimidated by the word “knead,” don’t be! Just use your hands to squeeze the dough. I work the dough until there are no wet patches, adding flour to portions that are too wet. This eventually forms a nice soft dough.
- You can use spaghetti sauce instead of pizza sauce. We typically have a bit of sauce left over when we cook pasta. I simply put that sauce in the fridge and use it again on pizza night. We don’t like a lot of sauce, so I only use less than one sixth of a jar.
- Use whatever toppings you have on hand. We always have chicken breasts and a few veggies, so our favorite pizza is chicken with green peppers and onions. We also like sausage (using leftover breakfast sausage) and peppers. Make pizza night a “clean out the refrigerator” night!
You can also make a double batch and freeze the dough. Just roll into a ball, wrap with cling wrap, and place in a Ziploc bag. The dough will keep for six months in the freezer.
Bring the crust out to thaw the day before, and you’ve made pizza night even easier!
I always like to do a cost comparison to see if I save any money by cooking from scratch.
Cost of delivery pizza: $10-$20
Cost of frozen pizza: $5-10
Cost of homemade pizza: $5.75-6.75
Crust–$.50 (assuming you keep baking staples on hand)
Sauce–$.25 (using leftovers of spaghetti sauce)
So, for roughly the cost of a frozen pizza, you can have a much tastier, healthier alternative!
What are your favorite pizza toppings?