Making your own pizza dough from scratch can be as easy as making s simple loaf of bread. With the exception of maybe yeast and cheese, I would imagine that most kitchens have all the utensils and the ingredients necessary to make their own pizza at home; and if you make your own bread, then you probably have yeast as well.

I have one basic pizza dough recipe that I use for all the pizzas that I use for my family; I will just tweak it some, with different herbs and seasonings that I add with the last cup of flour, depending on the pizza made and how I feel at the time of making pizza. The recipe is:

Pizza Dough

1 cup of lukewarm water (on the warmer side)

1 package, or 2 teaspoons yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons margarine or shortening

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in the warm water, and let sit for about 5 – 10 minutes. Add sugar, margarine or shortening and 1 cup of flour. Mix well. With the second cup of flour also add the salt. (I always had better luck with my yeast dough if I didn’t add to salt to yeast mixture too soon.) Mix as much of the third cup of flour in as you can before turning out onto a well floured surface, and then knead the rest of the flour in. Place dough in a well – greased bowl and let rise until double. Punch air out of dough; it is now ready for the pan.

Roll your dough out as thin as you like. I usually have to make two pizza dough because my wife and one son likes thin crust, and two of my boys and I like thick. It’s a personal choice. Lightly grease the pan that you are going to bake your pizza in. I always use a cookie sheet, but some people prefer the roundness of their pizza; in which case you will need a pizza pan. Again, it’s a personal choice. It won’t change the taste of your pizza any.

Every once in a while, if I want a special treat for the family, I will take string cheese and pull it into four equal strings, then roll this into the edges around the pizza. It’s an easy way to have stuffed crust pizza.

Sauce

This is jut a basic pizza sauce, but is very flavorful and goes well with just about any toppings you choose to put on your pizza.

cup olive oil

1 small onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 celery stalk finely chopped

1 carrot peeled and grated

– teaspoon salt, depending on personal taste

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 large can crushed tomatoes

2 bay leaves

Heat oil over medium heat, and then add vegetables (not the tomatoes). Saute this until all of the vegetables are cooked and soft; about 10 – 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bay leaves and continue simmering until sauce becomes thick. It is now ready for your pizza.

Toppings

While my sauce is cooking, I prepare my toppings. Always we have sliced olives, and always we have diced bell peppers. Because of their fat content I don’t use pepperoni or salami much, but my family likes it when I brown extra – lean ground beef and add that; left – over roast works well also. For my cheese, I always use Mozzarella cheese that is 2%.

Pizza can be a healthy meal to serve to your family. How healthy will depend on the toppings and cheese that you use.