Really Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe With No-Rise Crust
Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza
This one is great for kids.
I make this homemade pizza often because I got tired of paying $30 or more for a pizza or two to be delivered that wasn’t that much better than my own. Let’s face it: when you have little kids, they’re not that picky when it comes to this childhood favorite. They don’t really care about a “gourmet” pizza experience. They just want the basics: a good crust, lots of mozzarella and maybe some pepperoni, if we’re lucky. I figured out quickly that I could deliver - just like the pizza man - at a quarter of the cost.
First off, let me say that this post won’t be like the typical food posts that you see at so many other blogs that focus on food and cooking. As you know, this blog focuses on Parenting, so this post will be in that context. In other words, the really pretty pictures of food, ingredients and fabulous meals being created step-by-step won’t be found here!
If you’re a frazzled parent, or if you don’t have kids but don’t want to pay for an expensive delivery pizza that’s not that good, and think you can do just as well (or better) yourself, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ll start with the end result. Here it is:
Here are the ingredients (please note that these are approximations - increase or decrease, depending on your preference):
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- 2 cups of flour
- 1-1.5 cups of warm water
- 1 packet of quick rise yeast (8 grams or 2.5 teaspoons)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Optional for dough: dried oregano, thyme or rosemary
- Optional for bottom of crust: cornmeal
- 3/4 of 22 ounce can of your favorite pizza or spaghetti sauce
- 2-3 cups of grated mozzarella
- Pepperoni - as much as you’d like
- Additional toppings - mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
- Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl
- Slowly pour in water and oil while mixing - you may want to use a spatula or wooden spoon for this
- Keep stirring while adding wet ingredients until done
- Pour additional flour over mixture if it’s too wet or sticky
- Transfer dough to a floured surface and lightly knead for 5 minutes
- If using cornmeal, sprinkle onto pizza pan
- Spread pizza dough onto pizza pan - if using conventional round pan, you can get two pizzas out of this dough; I usually use an 18″ X 13″ pan (shown in the picture) for one big, rectangular pizza
- Spread pizza/spaghetti sauce over dough
- Spread mozzarella on top of sauce, then cover with toppings
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until mozzarella is melted and browned
That’s it! I use this recipe often and can have the pizza, including dough preparation and cooking, done and cleaned up within 45 minutes. Not bad for a meal that kids love.
**TIP** Get your kids in the kitchen to help you - they’ll have a blast preparing this simple dish and will be thrilled about eating their “creation!”
**TIP** Freeze leftover slices immediately and reheat in the oven later.
Let me know how your pizza turns out in the comments below!