Homemade Pizza by Melissa

Hello! Welcome to April’s first challenge: Homemade Pizza

I picked a recipe from here: Homemade Pizza

I’ve made pizza in the past before and loved it. Honestly though, we usually just order delivery or get a frozen pizza. So this recipe had me on my toes. I looked and looked, trying to find the right recipe for me and came across this recipe. I changed it up a bit for ease of cooking time.

1) I didn’t make the dough, I bought a Betty Crocker Pizza Crust Mix

This was really easy and cheap. I’ll be buying this again in the future, no doubt in my mind about it


2) I didn’t make the pizza in a frying pan. I baked it in the oven based off the Betty Crocker mix.

Really, I just followed the instructions for the sauce and the toppings, which is to follow…

For the Sauce:
1 small can of crushed Italian plum tomatoes, OR a 2 cans of well-drained whole plum tomatoes that you mash up well.
½ teaspoon of salt
⅛ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
optional – 1 finely minced/pressed garlic clove
optional – chopped fresh oregano and/or basil
optional – ½ teaspoon of sugar and teaspoon of red wine vinegar to “intensify” the sweetness and acidity

To Finish and Serve:
350 grams of mozzarella should be sufficient for 4 pizzas
Fresh basil, chiffonade
Freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil (optional)


For the minimal ingredients and work that went into making this dinner, I was so happy with how it came out. I know this pizza isn’t pretty. I know it looks TOO cheesy and kinda plain. But you know what, the sauce was robust, the basil softened the cheese flavor to juicy and earthy. It was one of the best pizza’s I’ve had. Honestly!

This gets a 5 out of a 5. I’ll be making this again.

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