I’ve often heard people say that pizza is unhealthy: it’s greasy, fatty, bad for our bodies. But I disagree. Pizza can be a healthy addition to a recipe repertoire if you make it yourself and use good ingredients. This is a staple for us. I make a pizza every single week because it’s fairly easy and everyone loves it. Plus, there are so many different options for toppings, you can have a different pizza every week.
From start to finish, this pizza takes 3 hours, mostly unattended.
Ingredients for pizza dough:
3 cups flour (or 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 cup cornmeal) plus extra if necessary.
1 tbl olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
About 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese (or 1 1/2 lbs grated)
1-2 cups pizza/tomato sauce
optional toppings (these are nearly endless): pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, ground sausage, etc. Try greek pizza with cooked chicken, spinach, feta, olives, artichokes and pesto instead of tomato sauce.
Combine water, yeast and salt. Let sit until yeast is dissolved.
Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour with olive oil and sugar. When the yeast is dissolved in the water, add mixture to flour. Stir with wooden spoon for 8-10 minutes.
Then add the remaining flour and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (should take 2-3 minutes).
Place dough in a greased bowl, turn the dough over and cover in the bowl for an hour or until nearly doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Roll or gently stretch the dough until it fits onto a greased cookie sheet. Spoon and spread out the pizza sauce on the dough, then add mozarella and other toppings.
Bake for 17-20 minutes. Divide with a pizza cutter and enjoy (We always make a yummy salad to go along with it)!
* I adapted this pizza dough recipe several years ago from an online source that has since disappeared. Wherever you are pizza dough recipe creator..forgive me for not giving you credit!
Christiana is the creator and manager of this collaborative blog. She has postgrad degrees in theology and creative writing from St Andrews University in Scotland. She lives with her family in intentional Christian community in rural Illinois. While her husband farm manages, she writes, sings, gardens, cares for their two kiddos, cooks, preserves food and attempts to homemake. She also blogs atthebeautyofthishour.wordpress.com.