Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rustic Pizza Night

There is nothing better than a homemade pizza. The crispy crust, the sauce from scratch and hand picked toppings, will make you want to stay in, rather than go out, for a slice of pie. Until I get my wood burning stove from Italy, (ha, ha, dream on) this homemade dough recipe is the next best thing. It's actually Wolfgang Puck's pizza dough recipe 
We cook the pizza on a pizza stone to make the crust nice and crispy.
For the sauce I use a 
  Classic Marinara (recipe to follow).
Add your on toppings and cheese and you are ready for some fantastic pizza. 

Classic Marinara:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3-4 large garlic cloves
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 can (35oz) whole italian tomatoes with juice (San Marzano) crushed with your hands
1 pinch sugar
2 sprigs fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, heat oil. Add garlic and cook over medium heat, until garlic is golden. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add canned tomatoes, stir in sugar, basil and salt/pepper. Bring to a boil. Simmer sauce over low heat for 30 minutes.


  1. We have pizza & movie date night every weekend so this rustic pizza is going on the list!

  2. Sounds like my kind of date night. It helps to have a pizza stone if you are going to make this, but I'm still holding out for my wood burning oven:)

  3. this looks absolutely delicious. we love making homemade pizza so i'll have to give this recipe a try!

  4. It is really yummy. I like my pizza topped with lots of veggies and goat cheese, while the hubby likes the basic pepperoni and cheese.

  5. u know you are welcome anytime. i'm trying to improve on making the dough and rolling out the pizzas. u know i have an aversion to baking, since i'm not very good at it.