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Spinach, Basil, Red Pepper Homemade Pizza

Updated on October 15, 2014
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Pizza is a crowd pleasing meal that everyone loves! How can you go wrong with the gooey cheese and fresh toppings on a perfectly baked crust? I certainly can't! Also, why order delivery or frozen pizzas when you can make pizza yourself for under $4 to feed a family of 4. You can choose exactly the toppings you want, control how thick or thin you want the crust, and you know exactly what is going into all your ingredients!

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Family of 4 hungry people
  • 1 package (or 2 1/4 tsp) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons White Sugar
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Cheese, (grated)
  • Pizza or Pasta Sauce
  • Spinach/Any other Veg
  • Basil, (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 4 dry ingredients together and mix so combined (yeast, flour, salt, sugar)
  2. Once combined, add in the water and olive oil and get your hands dirty by combining all the ingredients together by hand (assuming you don't have a stand mixer) until the dough forms a nice ball. This takes about 10 minutes of kneading by hand.
  3. Once the dough is all together, add a couple splashes of olive oil to your bowl and gently roll the dough in the olive oil so that it is covered with oil
  4. Cover your bowl with siren wrap, and keep the bowl in a warm, draft-free place so that the dough can double in size (about 1 hr)
  5. While your dough is resting, feel free to get all the other ingredients prepped together! For me, I am using frozen chopped spinach, slices of red pepper, and freshly grown basil leaves. You can also use this time to grate your cheese if you are using a block of cheese.
  6. Once your dough has doubled, turn your dough on a well floured surface area. Form the dough into the shape of your choice (circle, rectangle, square...) and roll out using a rolling-pin to the thickness of your choice. At this point in time, you will want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Cover the dough with sauce (any sauce will do including pizza sauce, pasta sauce, pesto sauce etc...), then some cheese, your toppings of choice, and the remainder of your cheese to keep all the toppings together
  8. Then, pop your pizza into the oven until golden brown crust (approximately 20 minutes).
  9. Serve and enjoy! *Note - I doubled the recipe so I could have leftovers! :)

Here is the dough after kneading has just finished.

Here is the dough after it has doubled in volume

Just a few of the ingredients I used to make the pizza

Sauce, Olive Oil, Spinach, Red Peppers, Basil, Marbled Cheese
Sauce, Olive Oil, Spinach, Red Peppers, Basil, Marbled Cheese

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