Eats: Homemade Pizza

6:45 PM

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A few weeks ago I decided to make one of Kyle's favorite comfort foods: Pizza! This was a bigger challenge than I had originally thought, as I detest cooking meals that take longer than 30minutes to prep & cook. However, I really wanted to make the crust and sauce myself, because apparently I just want everything ;) 

For the crust, I lucked out with Bob's red Mill Gluten-free pizza crust. The package makes one large (12") pizza or two smaller ones. I made half the bag on my initial try and made the rest a week later. The directions are really easy, but the only thing I would change is to wait a little bit to preheat your oven, because the dough has to sit for a bit before you can bake it.

I did make my own sauce with some variation on a few recipes that I looked up.

What you'll need:
-1 or 2 garlic cloves
-1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-1 can of crushed up tomatoes
-1 can of tomato paste
-1 table spoon brown sugar
-1 teaspoon of dried basil
-1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (I didn't have this, I used paprika, cayenne pepper & garlic)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

In a large saucepan, saute garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce reaches desired thickness. This was enough sauce for both 6inch pizza's I had made, I used half on this night, and half a week later.

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Bake the crust for about 10-15 minutes, then take it out and add the sauce and whatever toppings you would like. Put back in oven until the cheese is toasted nice and brown. I was a little paranoid about it being done all the way, so I left this sucker in there for about 25 minutes. You can always cut it up and throw it back in if you feel you need to. Hey, its your pizza!

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I used a cookie sheet for this pizza and the crust was thin and crispy. The next week I used a regular pie pan and it came out a fluffy, like a regular pizza. Both were good, but the pie-pan was a little more filling. Just make sure whatever pan you use, you grease that sucker before putting the crust in or it will be a pain in the ass to get out of the pan...or so I've heard..

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19 Musings

  1. Oh ,so yummy! I only like meals that take the most of 30 minutes of my time, too.

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  2. I wish I had some right now! Love the recipe for the sauce.

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  3. You definitely know how to make yummy pizza!

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  4. Yummy! This is making me so hungry!

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  5. Yum! I always buy pre made crust, but I might have to try this.

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  6. Oh, I love this. I want to make it.

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  7. That looks SO yummy... I was literally just talking to my boyfriend about how much I want to make homemade pizza. I'm going to seriously put it on my next shopping list!

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  8. It looks yummy! I have those same plates.

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  9. Mmm...! One of my favorite dishes.

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  10. YUMMM Sara!! delicious..
    kisses rose jp

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  11. sara your making me hungry! the homemade pizza is looks great =]

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  12. That pizza looks so good!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  13. Sara, I hate that we don't live next to each other. That pizza is one great comfort food!!!

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  14. After a year living in Rome I still have to prepair my first pizza but be sure that I will follow your tips!!

    yummy yummy

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  15. Like a pizza pie pan or a pie pie dish?

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  16. I have to stop visiting your blog early in the AM - I always leave STARVING! :P

    This looks INCREDIBLE, Sara! :)

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  17. YUM! I have to try this! :D

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