Did the title scare you into thinking I cheated? No worries! I always make Friday night homemade pizza night since it follows baking all day. We love pizza!!!

Just a few months ago, I had such a crazy day and came home exhausted and really was not in any mood to cook! My hubby said “why don’t we order a couple pizzas tonight instead of you going through the trouble of making them?” I thought…hmmm…you hate take out pizza but Jonathan had a friend over and I really did not care one way or another. We ordered from one of the popular chains, spent like $30, got the pizza, ate and guess what my dear son said afterwards? “Mom, you know…you make a better pizza then the one we just ate!” That little comment made me so happy and since then we have not ordered another take out pizza and I don’t care if I ever do again. I can think of many other ways to spend that $30!

I will post the recipe later. Enjoy your night!

PIZZA RECIPE Here is the recipe for my sauce and dough for pizza

Dough – Makes two 12″ pizzas or one 14″ and one small bar pan size as in the picture. 1 cup warm water(105-115o) 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pkg. active dry yeast 3 cups all purpose flour(i like to use 1/2 cup whole wheat in place of 1/2 cup AP)

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl; sprinkle yeast over mixture,stirring until dissolved. Gradually add flour, mixing after each addition.

turn dough out on lightly floured board, and knead until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball, and place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise in warm place,free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Punch dough down, divide in half if making two 12″ pies. Lightly grease hands and pat dough onto pizza pan or stone. No rolling needed, it presses and moves nicely. prick bottom just a couple times, roll edge of crust higher if you’d like. Bake in preheated 450o oven for 5-10 minutes. Then add sauce and topping. Bake again for 10 minutes.

Sauce Recipe 2 large cans(28oz.) crushed tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 3-4 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tablespoons olive oil 1 Tablespoon dried basil or 2 Tablespoons fresh 1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or more to taste 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Cook garlic in olive oil for a few moments, just til you smell it, don’t let it brown. Immediately add tomatoes, paste and spices. Mix well. Cook on medium til slight boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 1 hour. I leave a lid on but cracked.

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