Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Homemade Pizza


We have taken to making our own pizza instead of going out. This way we know what's in it. I rally don't know what has gotten into me, I keep worrying about what is in things and looking for better, healthier ways. Restaurants don't care about my health, but I do. I found a simple dough recipe, I throw the ingredients in the bread machine and an hour later it's ready for us to divide and conquer.


This one is mine! I used pepperoni fresh from the deli, sausage and ground beef as my toppings. The pizza sauce is from a recipe I found, then altered a bit. :0) I'll include it at the end in case you want to try it out.


Check out that crust! yummy!!


We spent a couple of days searching high and low for pizza stones right before Christmas - we made individual pizzas for Christmas dinner. When we couldn't find any nearby I started googling and duh! You can use any unglazed quarry stone/tile. These were 46 cents each, so a significant savings over the label pizza stone. AND these are much easier to store when you're not using them.  Our pizzas are baked at 550 degrees for about 15 minutes.

My Pizza Sauce

1 Big Can of Tomato Sauce or Diced Tomatoes

12 oz can of Tomato Paste (I add this a bit at time, checking the consistency - of course if you get it too thick just throw in more sauce)

1 tsp chopped garlic (I use jarred organic garlic)

Shake in some Dried Onion (I think I use 2-3 tsp)

2 tsp dried basil

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt (this sauce is not at all salty)

1 tsp sugar

1 large bay leaf

2 tsp fennel seed

I just throw all this in a saucepan and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  This makes enough for about 6 pizzas - since there's three in our family I just freeze whatever is left after the first use.


  1. Oh that looks good. I will try your recipe. Did you give the dough recipe too?

  2. Hi! These pics are making me hungry! Oh YUM. And love how it's cooked on tiles. Just started a 365 please stop by :-)

  3. YUM!!! Homemade pizza our favorite! Thanks for the recipe, I'm definitely going to try it.

  4. OMGosh, I can smell it....this sounds just delicious! I am not a huge pizza eater, but now you have me craving it!

  5. Isn't it great when you realize that one CAN get back to basics.
    So empowering.
    I used to bake bread in our 17th century built in bread oven, with smouldering heather on brick.
    It tasted funny, but made me feel heroic :-)

  6. Oh how can you!! I was doing fine today until I saw your wonderful pizza and now I absolutely want one. That's it - I'm off to the store cupboard to see what I have!

  7. Please give us the dough recipe since you can do it in the bread machine.

  8. what a neat idea, I'm going to look for a pizza stone.

  9. mmm sounds great :) What a good idea about quarry tiles ... must tell OH the official pizza maker!

  10. Sounds yummy! Mine is the sloppy kind and takes 10 minutes. I use any bread and ladle with butter, catsup, cheese and top it with any stuff I find in the fridge and pantry like pepper, onions, chicken sausage, basil, olives and casuy nuts and stuff it in the oven toaster for 5 minutes. Perfect for quick eating and hurry back to work table! ;-)

  11. Your sauce sounds delicious and your pizza looks great. My husband and I love making Pizza together. I'm lactose intolerant and so I find making things by scratch and using ingredients that I know won't make me sick has helped out so much! I'm glad a lot of companies are starting to label their products better (Kraft now shows 0g Lactose on the back of a lot of their cheeses, which means I know it's safe for me to eat!). I feel so much better when I make things from scratch and I love trying new recipes. This looks great!

  12. We eat homemade pizza at least once a month. There is nothing quite like it! We love it with pineapple, ham, pepperoni, jalapinos, olives, sausage, and anything else that sounds good at the moment. They are awesome and you never look at a bought pizza in quite the same way again. Yummy looking pictures!

  13. it certainly look yummy.
    When do you have time to do all this. You are sooooooo busy lady!

  14. YUMMO - they look great! Now, how about that dough recipe?

  15. These images look good enough to eat. I've not had pizza since last summer and I miss it!

  16. Oh, yum! Just yum! Plain and simple. YUM!

  17. Hi Lisa!
    Belated holiday greetings to you & your family. May 2011 be another blessed year for you and your family. :)
    Love & Prayers,

  18. Never thought of putting stones in the oven for pizzas and the idea you have is great bacause as you say it much easier tostore. Must try that, thanks for showing!