Hot, gooey, bubbly, and cheap! That describes pizza at home. It’s easy to make, so much healthier and probably much cheaper than delivery or carry out. Here is a way to make it very easy.
Step one: Stop by Trader Joe’s or Sprouts and pick up pre-made pizza dough for a few dollars. It’s kept in the produce section. They usually have whole wheat and gluten-free choices as well. You didn’t think I was going to tell you to make fresh dough on a weeknight did you?
Step two: Once you get home, put the dough in a bowl covered with a towel or plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature. Letting the dough rest allows it to warm up enough to be easy to stretch. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. While the dough rests you can get the kids working on homework or change into your comfy clothes.
Step 3: Get out your pizza stone if you have one, or a cookie sheet. Round or square is fine. Shape the dough to fit the pan that you have.
Step 4: Spread your favorite tomato sauce on the dough. This can be from leftover marinara sauce or if you don’t have any a bottled sauce is okay too. But homemade sauce is easy so make some and keep it around.
Step 5: This is the fun part. Add whatever toppings you like. I implore you, however, to try and keep it light on toppings. A traditional margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese and basil is a good choice. Or add toppings like olives, mushrooms, peppers, or meat. If you add meat like sausage or hamburger it should be cooked before it goes on your pizza. Now bake the pizza until the dough is browned lightly and the toppings are warmed through.
That’s it- at home pizza in five quick steps. For more fun, you can make small personal size pizzas and provide a variety of toppings so everyone can make their own. This idea works greats for parties- kids or adults!