A Simple Pizza Reciepe
Ever since I was a child Pizza played a pretty big role in my life. Growing up in an italian family Pizza was a weekly staple. We would have Friday night Pizza Night's with cousins and family almost every week. The consisted of food, games and good conversation. Although we often ordered out because it was easier to feed so many people that way there were quite a few times we would make Pizza from scratch.
White Pizza or a Bianca Pizza is often seen on restaurant menus. Many people scare off from trying them since they are not your typical pizza loaded with sauce, veggies, and meat. Although it's a bit different it's definitely one of my favorites. All you need is a few simple ingredients to get it started and many times I already have these things laying around the kitchen.
Since this pizza recipe doesn't call for sauce you save a lot of time and energy not needing to make it. I also use pizza dough from my local bakery instead of making it from scratch. This makes this meal super simple for any weeknight. Paid it with a side salad and a nice glass of white wine and you have a great meal ready to go in minutes.
Store Bought Pizza Dough Tips
When using a store bought pizza dough I recommend following the cooking time on the instructions for the dough you purchase. My favorite dough it made by the bakery at my local Publix grocery store, however Pillsbury Pizza dough works just fine as well. The key with each of these is to follow the instructions listed. Each dough is made differently and depending on the ingredients cook times may vary. If you keep a frozen dough or Pillsbury dough in your fridge you can easily make this recipe in a pinch!
This recipe can be great for a Friday Night Pizza night, as an appetizer or even for a meatless Monday!
- 1 Store Bought Pizza Dough
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil
- 1 TSP Salt
- 1/2 TSP Oregeno
- 1 - 1 1/2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 TSP Garlic Powder
- Preheat oven to temperature outlined in cooking instructions for the dough you purchased.
- Roll dough out and place on either a pizza screen or a greased cookie sheet. I use a Olive Oil Spritzer to grease my pan however any non-stick spray will work just fine.
- Place 2 TBSP's of Olive Oil on top of dough and spread evenly all the way to the edges. Feel free to add more if you have rolled your dough out larger then a typical pizza shape. I use a basting brush to help with this.
- Evenly cover dough with 1TSP Salt, and 1 TSP Garlic Powder
- Top with mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle remaining Oregano over the top.
- Place in oven and bake until dough is cooked and cheese is golden brown.
There are many variations to this recipe so feel free to experiment! Many people will use basil in place of oregano, it's also good with sliced tomatoes and fresh on top. When ordering a Bianca Pizza from your local pizza shop you will find they place dollops of ricotta cheese on the pizza prior to cooking. It's one of my favorite ways to prepare this dish. Feel free to comment below on some different ideas and experiments that have tasted great!
A Family Affair
Making Pizza is a great family project, it's a wonderful way to get the kids in the kitchen and teach them where their food comes from. This simple recipe is a great start however as parents if you pre-cut all your veggies and meat its simple for kids to make any recipe with just a little guidance from an adult.
I was able to cook with my parents and grandparents in the kitchen and they are some of the best memories I have. Share these experiences with your kids to start building your own! Pizza is a cheap and effective way to get them to engage in something with out a digital screen! And the best part is they can eat their creations when they are done!