This house is full of pizza lovers. We each have our own favorite toppings, so trying to get everyone to agree on a pizza for takeout can be an ordeal. That’s why we’ve taken to making our own. That way everyone get’s their own piece of the pie (ha, ha). And my kids go nuts over fried Garbanzo beans. They are a quick, easy and healthy snack while you are waiting for the pizza to cook up.
Quick and Easy Pizza
- 2 1/2 cups flour (I think bread flour works best, but all-purpose works too)
- 2 1/2 tsp fast-rise yeast (or one envelope)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP vegetable oil
- cornmeal for dusting
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp Basil
- 1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- 1 15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 TBSP tomato paste
- 1 TBSP Olive oil
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Veggies, Sausage, Chicken, Pepperoni, etc….whatever you want to put on top.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and sugar together. Let stand about 5-10 minutes until it gets creamy.
- Add the flour, salt, and vegetable oil to the bowl and mix. (I usually start mixing with a fork and end with my hands when it gets tough to stir.) Shape it into a ball and let it rest in the bowl for about 10-15 minutes.
- While you are waiting for the dough to finish resting, heat olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the onions. Cook until onions are soft.
- Add the garlic and other herbs and spices, cook until fragrant. Stir in tomato paste. Once tomato paste is blended in with the spices, add the crushed tomatoes. Simmer until the dough is ready.
- Sprinkle a pizza stone or cookie sheet with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Roll, stretch, and press dough to desired size and thickness and place on pizza stone or cookie sheet.
- Cover the pizza dough with the sauce to within about 1 inch from edge.
- Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
- Top with your choice of toppings.
- Place in oven and bake about 15-20 minutes – until cheese browns and is bubbly.
For a crispier crust, preheat the pizza stone in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. I have 2 pizza stones, so I usually preheat one and use the other to assemble the pizza. Then I use a large spatula to transfer the pizza from the cold stone to the preheated one.
I also like to brush the crust with garlic butter before I cook it. And I brush it once again right when I take it out of the oven. It make the crust crispy and garlicky – yum!
- 1 16 oz. can of garbanzo beans
- pizza seasoning from above recipe (or seasoned salt)
- Olive oil
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. You need enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan evenly.
- Cook the beans in the heated oil until the skins start to pop and they get a little brown.
- Add the seasoning just at the end of cooking.
- Drain on a paper towel.
My favorite pizza toppings are chicken, mushrooms, spinach, and red onions. I also have a weakness for a greasy slice of pepperoni pizza from time-to-time. What are your favorite pizza toppings?