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I love making homemade pizza. You can change the sauce, the toppings, the type of cheese and totally customize it depending on what you’re craving that day.
Personally, I prefer the traditional pizza. The one with the rich tomato sauce, stringy mozzarella cheese, and an assortment of fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. That’s what you’re going to get with this recipe. Your basic, tried and true traditional delicious pizza.
You begin by preparing the homemade dough. My recipe can be found here.
After this, select the toppings you want to use! For my pizza, we’re going with Classico Basil Marinara sauce (found here) as the base. It’s filled with rich flavor, and is seasoned perfectly with an assortment of herbs.
After you’ve generously applied the sauce, it’s time to spread the cheese! Typically I use marble cheese (cheddar and mozzarella combination) blocks since that’s the staple cheese in my household, but today I decided to do a combination of Kraft’s Pizza Mozzarella and Kraft Marble Cheese. The pizza cheese is specially formulated to give that stringy, gooey effect that sends pizza lovers over the edge. They can be found here.
Perfect. The pizza looks delicious already. Make sure you spread the cheese almost to the edge so it cooks evenly around the pizza. Now it’s time for the toppings!
Usually I use pepperoni slices, fresh mushrooms, bell pepper, red onion, bacon slices, green olives and hot peppers (the last two toppings for my husband). I did not have pepperoni, so I just used bacon as the meat component. Delicious!
I slice the red onion and bell pepper so they’re in long, narrow strips to cook better. The mushrooms are thinly sliced length wise to keep their mushroom shape. The olives are sliced thinly, and the (pre-cooked a few minutes before) bacon is either ripped apart by hand or cut up into small slices. The hot peppers are spooned right from the jar onto my husband’s half of the pizza.
After you finish decorating the pizza, place it into the preheated 400 degree oven and let it cook for 25-35 minutes depending on your oven. This pizza makes the perfect amount for four people, or you can take leftovers for lunch the next day. My toddler LOVES pizza and ate nearly an entire slice to herself.
My little assistant loves watching the pizza cook through the oven door. The house will begin smelling incredible and your mouth will water. The pizza is finished when the top of the pizza is fully melted and cooked, and the outer cheese is beginning to brown. Check under the pizza to make sure the dough is beginning to turn golden brown before you remove it from the oven.
The finished pizza looks pretty darn good. Make sure that you let it sit for 5-7 minutes after removing it from the oven before you begin cutting into it or the cheese will all gravitate towards where you make your slices. That’s it! Slice it up anyway you want, and serve it piping hot!
This pizza is so tasty and the cheese was so gooey and delicious. I’m glad I bought the pizza mozzarella because it added fun along with taste!
What are your favorite pizza toppings? Let me know in the comments below! What other sorts of recipes did you want to see?
- 1/3 jar of tomato sauce (depending how thick you like your sauce)
- 1 bar of pizza mozzarella cheese (400g)
- 1/3 of a bar of marble cheese (optional)
- 4-5 fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/4 of a large red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup of olives, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pack of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1/2 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- few hot peppers (optional)
- any other toppings you want
- Take the pizza dough that you’ve prepared on the pizza tray, and cover it with the tomato sauce.
- Add the cheese evenly on top of the sauce.
- Spread the toppings evenly across the pizza.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 25-35 minutes until the cheese is beginning to turn brown and the bottom of the pizza crust is beginning to turn golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let stand for 5-7 minutes.
- Serve hot!