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Hearty Homemade Pizza

Having lived in southern Italy for three years, we got super spoiled by their delicious hand-tossed pizzas.  The Italians make everything from scratch–the sauce, the dough, and yes, even the mozzarella cheese in many places.  Once I learned that I could make the sauce and dough from just a few ingredients, I was hooked!

(But we’ll leave the home-made cheese part to the Italians!)

Step 1: Prepare the Dough.

We use a whole wheat pizza dough recipe that I make in my bread machine.  Super easy with the machine, but does take some planning ahead.  Each 1 lb of dough takes about 2 hours to make in the machine.  1 lb of pizza dough makes 1 14-inch pizza crust.  So, we often make two.

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Equipment needed: Pizza Pan/Stone or cookie sheet, Bread Machine
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 1 14" pizza
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  1. Add ingredients to your bread pan according to your machine's instructions.
  2. (We add all of our ingredients into the same container, starting with the wet ingredients first, in the order listed above.)
  3. Select Dough setting and press Start.
  4. When machine finishes, remove bread pan and turn out dough onto floured surface.
  5. (If you are not eating right away, you can also put dough into a greased bowl, cover tightly, and place in fridge for several hours.)
  6. Allow dough to rest while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  7. Grease pizza pan or cookie sheet.
  8. With your hands, gently stretch and press dough out to fit pan or pizza stone.
  9. Drizzle with olive oil.
  10. Spread on some healthy pizza sauce (see our recipe here).
  11. Top with your favorite ingredients.
  12. Follow it all up with some mozzarella cheese.
  13. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  14. Serve hot!

Step 2: Prepare the Sauce

Grab our recipe for Simply Amazing Pizza Sauce.

Step 3: Put It All Together

Homemade Pizza

Preparing the crust with a bit of yummy extra virgin olive oil.

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