Pizza sauce

Ingredients:

15 oz tomato sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 T fresh minced garlic

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir and simmer gently over low heat for 20 minutes, or until sauce thickens slightly.

Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

1 package (2 ¼ teaspoon ) dry active yeast

½ cup warm water

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup water (room temperature)

4 cups flour (you may not need the full amount)

Directions:

A stand mixer with a dough hook or paddle attachment is best for mixing the dough.

  • Preheat your oven to its highest setting (usually 500 or 550)

  • Dissolve 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast in ½ cup warm water. Add 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup water, stir to mix.

  • Add 2 cups flour and stir until smooth.

  • Add more flour ½ cup at a time (up to 2 cups) flour to the dough until a ball forms. When the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl you have the right consistency.

  • Run mixer for 15 minutes (or turn the dough onto a floured countertop and knead for 15 minutes). The dough will be firm, elastic and smooth.

  • Roll dough and press into your pizza pan.

  • Par bake the dough, for a few minutes.

  • Remove from the oven as soon as the crust begins to brown. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings.

  • Return to oven and bake until the cheese melts and browns, 10-15 minutes. Keep a close eye on the pizza so that it doesn’t burn.

  • Allow pizza to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

If you want to make pizza quickly, there are many alternatives to making pizza crust that can speed you up. You can buy premade pizza dough at many stores, you can also use a loaf of french bread or english muffins.