I am not a consistently good cook (note the careful placement of the word "consistently"). But trying to satisfy 5 always hungry kids kept me alert for food that was quick, filling and easy on the budget. This pizza recipe did all three.
Over the years, things like multi-grain crusts and fancier cheeses found their way onto the pans, but I'll share the original recipe as written and you can tweak it to your own liking.
1 Pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Cooked ground beef or bulk pork sausage, or sliced pepperoni
Shredded mozzarella cheese or grated Parmesan cheese
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in flour, oil, sugar, and salt; beat about 25 strokes. Cover and let rest about 5 minutes while preparing sauce.
Stir together tomato sauce, tomato paste, and seasonings. Divide dough in half; with greased fingers, spread each half very thinly on a greased 15x10x1 jelly roll pan. Cover with sauce. Add desired meat and cheese. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes. Makes 2.
For a crisper crust - prebake crust for 8-10 minutes; then add sauce and toppers. Bake 10 minutes more.
The recipe is old... the memory of all those hungry kids, gathered around the dining room table filling up on homemade pizza, is like yesterday. Sweet precious times.
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25