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Homemade Pizza

Homemade pizza in the pan.

Thick crust, sausage pizza. So tasty. Easy, but it takes about an hour to make.

Ingredients

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Sauce

  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 green pepper (chopped)

Toppings

  • 4 Italian sausage links (sweet)
  • 1/2 pound fresh button mushrooms (sliced or 1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained and sautéd)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Dough

  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115F degrees)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine onion, garlic, green pepper, basil, oregano, pepper and tomato sauce. Stir to combine.

Toppings

  1. Slice the Italian sausages into ¼-inch round slices. Tip: To make the sausage easier to slice, freeze it for an hour or two before slicing.
  2. Fry the sausage coins until they are cooked through and browned on both sides. Then remove them to a separate bowl or platter.
  3. Fry the mushrooms until browned. If using canned mushrooms, drain and dry them before frying.

Pizza Dough (See Notes for Gluten Free)

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. When it starts to bubble, add sugar, salt, oil and 1¾ cups flour (a little at a time).
  3. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup flour onto the counter. Mix and knead the dough on this surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  4. Spread dough on a greased pizza pan or jelly roll pan. (I always use a 13 x 9 jelly roll pan.)
  5. Let the dough sit (rise) for about 20 minutes.

Putting it Together/Baking

  1. Heat oven to 425F degrees.
  2. Top the dough with the prepared sauce, followed by the sausages, mushrooms and the two cheeses. Spread everything evenly over the dough.
  3.  Bake at 425°F until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, and the crust is brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Notes

Note: Substitute a gluten-free crust for the dough, and pre-bake the crust for 18-20 minutes if you are using gluten-free crust. Add the toppings and bake again for 18 minutes or so.

Use this recipe for the gluten-free crust: https://recipeideashop.com/gluten-free-white-bread/

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