Pizza Made Easy!

27 May

Great cooking is all about getting inspired. By using what you’ve experienced and have around you, you can make some wonderful things. But there’s one food that many seem scared to make themselves: pizza. It’s a delicious, little treat that is extremely versatile. I’ll try to make it a little less scary for you guys with my no-cook pizza sauce and simple sourdough pizza crust. Let’s go!

This dough is, by far, the best you could use for a pizza. By using a machine and only 5 ingredients, it takes all the mess and complexity out.

*Store-bought dough is perfectly okay to use, and can make a really great crust.

Sourdough Pizza Crust

(makes 4)


2 cups proofed sourdough starter (Remember that starter we did a few weeks ago? Perfect for this!)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups unbleached bread flour

cornmeal for dusting



Put all ingredients into mixer with dough hook attachment and let need for about 7 minutes. Dough should be soft and spring back to the touch.

Divide into 4 equal portions and form into balls.

With a lightly floured rolling pin and work surface, flatten the balls into 12-13 inch rounds about 1/8 inch thick.

Transfer to a bakers peel or pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal.

Proof, covered, for about 45 minutes at 85 degrees F. *(Ideal place for proofing/rising/fermenting is a cool oven because it remains room temperature no matter the weather)

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

This sauce is great for pizzas, calzones, or as a dipping sauce for stromboli. It has a great, clean flavor that compliments any topping very well!


28oz. can crushed tomatoes

2tbs. fresh lemon juice

1 Tbs. fresh thyme and/or basil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add just enough water to thin the sauce so that it’s easy to spread.


Tips and Tricks for a Great Pizza

For a wood-fired pizza in your own oven, place a 1/4 inch thick piece of stainless steel in your oven and heat to 450 degrees F.

For a really crispy crust that cracks when you fold it, brush your dough with olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove, top with ingredients, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Branch out from the traditional pepperoni pizza and try new things! Get creative! Take a look at what you have in your fridge/pantry already and experiment!

*Bake your pizzas at about 400-425 degrees for anywhere from 15-20 minutes. But trust me, you’ll know when it’s ready!



(Fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, prosciutto, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes. With my sauce and sourdough crust of course!)


(Fresh mozzarella, feta cheese, scallions, red onions, basil, and banana peppers. And, you guessed it, my homemade sauce and crust!)


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