You may never order delivery again after you learn how to make great pizza at home.
- TIP: Adding too many vegetables can make the crust soggy because they release water when cooked.
- Step 1: Put your pizza pan in the oven or transfer it from the peel to the stone. Cook it until the crust begins to brown and the cheese bubbles -- 6 to 10 minutes. Now that you've made pizza at home, there's just one thing left to do: _Mangia_!
- FACT: Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba, which has been operating in Naples, Italy, since 1738, is considered the oldest pizzeria in the world.
- Step 2: Ladle the room temperature tomato sauce into the center of the dough, spreading it outward in circular motions with the back of the ladle to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Add the mozzarella and any other toppings you like, and sprinkle with a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese.
- TIP: If dough is too sticky to handle, dust it lightly with flour.
- Step 3: Buy some tomato sauce or make your own. A simple sauce recipe is to puree a can of crushed tomatoes, add in a little olive oil, bring to a low boil, and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes.
- Step 4: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're using a pizza stone, put it in the oven for at least 40 minutes before you plan to cook the pizza, letting it heat up with the oven.
- Step 5: If you're using a round pizza pan or a rimless baking sheet, grease it with olive oil before placing the dough in the center. Spread out the dough evenly by hand, leaving the outer rim a little thicker for the crust. If you're planning to transfer the dough to a pizza stone, roll it out on a surface that's been dusted with flour or cornmeal, then place a pizza peel under it for transfer to the stone. Brush the top of the dough with a teaspoon or 2 of olive oil.
- Step 6: Make pizza dough from scratch or use ready-made dough. You can also buy dough from your local pizzeria.