So you want to learn how to make homemade pizza dough and sauce because you’re tired of paying that high cost pizza delivery service and you think the store-bought-stuff tastes like cardboard? Don’t worry we do too!
This is why we wanted to share this amazing pizza recipe with you. This recipe was taught to us by our amazing Italian family friends and is still used in their restaurant to this day. This homemade-pizza, created by you, will taste like it was made in that same Italian restaurant and only costs a fraction of the price to make. The best part about this pizza is that you can make it anytime and there are so many different toppings you can use.
We just wanted to start with the basic toppings for this pizza, however: dough, sauce, cheese, pepperoni. A classic.
This is what the dough should look like after mixing the ingredients. If your dough consists of a light, airy, and moveable texture, then you’re doing it right.
Tip: Don’t mix the dough too much, over-mixing causes the texture of the dough to become tough.
Dough after sitting for roughly 45 minutes. Rising rate will depend heavily on how much yeast you used and the temperature in the room.
Tip: Add more yeast to initial mixture if its a cold day or in a cold room.
Ball dough in your hands. The dough should be soft, not sticky and easy to handle.
Tip: Place the dough in the middle of the pizza pan and move it from inside-out to form the crust.
After 15 minutes of baking, pure pizza perfection.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbs shortening
- 1¼ cups warm water
- 1 tbs active dry yeast
- 2tbs vegetable oil
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 1½ cups water
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 4oz sliced pepperoni (about 24 pieces)
- Attach dough hook to standing mixer
- In standing mixer bowl add sugar, salt, yeast, shortening and water in that order. Turn mixer on.
- Add flour. Let dough hook stir mixture until flour starts to come together.
- Drizzle oil on sides of bowl and continue mixing until dough begins to form. Scrape remaining flour off sides of bowl and mix in with hands. Dough should not be sticky.
- Cover bowl with kitchen towel and set in warm dry place to let rise, about 45 minutes
- In separate saucepan drizzle olive oil and sauté garlic on medium heat until garlic begins to golden.
- Combine remaining sauce ingredients and whisk together until fully dissolved and combined.
- Heat on medium heat for about 20 minutes until sauce thickens.
- Set oven to 475 degrees
- Remove risen dough from bowl and form ball and form crust evenly on greased pizza pan. Poke holes in dough with fork to prevent bubbles during baking
- Top with sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni
- Bake on lowest rack for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown
- Slice and serve hot