Homemade Pizza (Crust and Sauce)

Making homemade pizza for your family, friends or just a treat for yourself? Consider using this recipe we love!

We originally found the crust portion through the Food Network app, so those folks get all the credit for the dough. The crust only requires two ingredients (and no yeast or rising time)!

The sauce, which we created ourselves, is fresher and healthier than what you can buy in jars from your grocer. And it’s super simple to make.

Here’s how we build our pizzas from scratch. Let us know in the comments how you personalize your pizza. You can also share a photo of your homemade pizza with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on Instagram!

 

The Sauce

What You Need

1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes (you can use fresh tomatoes if you like)

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

What You Do

1. Add all ingredients to a food processor (or blender if that’s all you have) and puree until it’s a liquid, saucy consistency.

2. Set sauce aside until ready to top pizza dough.

 

The Crust

What You Need

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup plain Greek yogurt (not fat free)

What You Do

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, blend flour and yogurt with a fork until a dough forms. Once a dough starts to form, work it together with your hands to help smooth in the dry parts.

3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead it for 8 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. If it’s too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to help moisten and smooth it.

4. Form the dough into a disc and then use a rolling pin to smooth it flat for your pizza. You can use your hands to form a slight ridge around the edge if you want a thicker crust on the end of each slice after baking, but that’s not required. Transfer the dough to your pizza pan.

The Toppings

1. Use a large spoon to dip and spread your sauce onto the center of your crust, leaving the edges untopped. You can use a circular motion with the back of the spoon to help even the sauce.

2. Add any meats and veggies you’d like on top of the sauce.

3. Top with cheese! For the pizza pictured above, we used half a block of freshly-grated mozzarella. Since that’s all we had of the block, we added almost 2 cups of shredded colby jack to ensure we had enough cheese for our liking. You can add anything you want!

 

The Baking and Serving

1. Bake for about 10 minutes. You can check the pizza at 8 minutes to make sure it’s not already done in your oven, but we needed the full 10 minutes for our cheeses and the crust to start to brown just slightly.

2. Cool a few minutes, slice and serve.

Yield: This recipe makes a hearty pizza with 8 slices cut diagonally, which will serve 2 to 3 people. Multiply the recipe to serve more diners.

 

#FoodieScore Bonus

My wife Molly loves the dipping cups of garlic butter you can add to your orders at pizza takeout restaurants. Here’s one option for making your own to accompany your homemade pizza!

What You Need

1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons), softened

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

What You Do

1. Add softened butter, minced garlic and salt to your food processor and puree at high speed until blended well.

2. Transfer mixture to small, microwave-safe ramekin or bowl. Microwave about 20 seconds until butter is liquid.

3. Use a small strainer or slotted spoon and a second ramekin or bowl to strain chunks of garlic from butter mixture.

4. Serve melted butter with pizza for dipping! (And, as always with our recipes, adjust the amount of garlic, salt and other seasonings you prefer to your liking.)

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