Making a pizza from scratch is a low-budget family favorite that tastes so good. You can make a pizza with hardly any fuss and it allows everyone to pitch in to mix and match toppings that suit each family member’s tastes. Serves 8. Makes 2 pizzas
1 pkg (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 3/4-3 1/4 cups flour
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lb bulk Italian sausage, cooked and drained
1 4 oz can of mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven 375F.
In a mixing bowl dissolve the yeast in water, then add the oil, salt, sugar and 2 cups of water. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour to form a soft dough ball. Transfer to a floured surface and kneed until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl, turn once to grease the top. Cover and let rest in a warm place for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients, set aside. Divide the dough in half and on a floured surface roll each portion into a 13” circle. Transfer to greased 12” pizza pans; build up edges slightly. Bake for 15 minutes or lightly browned. Spread sauce over hot crusts, sprinkle with sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese melts. Yum Yum!