Homemade pizza is SO much better than pizza you’d get from Papa Johns—it’s all about the dough! Just like the yeast rolls in one of my previous recipes, it does take time for everything to rise and to knead the dough. The fun part is that you get to pick out whatever veggies and meats you want, and you can flavor them minus all of the nasty oils, butter, or whatever crap they flavor it with at the pizza places.
YIELD: 1 large pizza or 2 medium pizzas
TIME: 3 hours 30 minutes
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup (or more) olive oil
1 red and green pepper, sliced
8 oz baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 small can artichoke hearts
fresh basil leaves
1/2 onion, sliced
Italian sausage, crumbled
grated mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper
3 small cans tomato paste or tomato sauce
Combine the active dry yeast with the warm water, and let sit 5 minutes until yeast is dissolved and mixture is creamy. Combine flour and salt; with the mixer on low, slowly add olive oil until just combined. Stir yeast mixture and slowly add yeast mixture until dough forms a ball and comes away from the sides of the pan. Add extra olive oil if needed until it forms a solid dough. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand until smooth. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours. Divide dough in half if you want to make 2 pizzas and preheat the oven to 500 F.
Saute red and green peppers in olive oil for 5-7 minutes until tender; set aside. Saute mushrooms in olive oil for 5-7 minutes until tender; set aside. Saute onion in olive oil for 4-5 minutes until tender; set aside. Cook sausage until completely browned, and set aside.
Once toppings are prepared, roll out pizza(s) on a floured surface to however thick you want your pizza to be. Move pizzas to large baking sheets or pizza stone and spread tomato paste or sauce, leaving some room along the edges for a crust. Sprinkle salt and pepper along the crust, arrange assorted veggies and meat on the pizza, and top with a generous amount of cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubble and crust is golden brown. Cut into slices or squares and serve immediately.
Hope y’all enjoy!