• Prep Time: 1-hour
  • Cooking Time: 13-minutes
  • Serves: 8 servings

Basic Cheese Pizza

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Category: Lunch/Snacks, Breads, Tomatoes, Pizza, Cheese

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 ounce dry yeast
  • 1 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese


1 Dough:.
2. In a glass or plastic bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar (the water can just be water from the tap, make sure it's below 100°F).
3 Stir to dissolve the yeast and let the yeast "bloom" for 15 minutes.
4 Stir in 1 cup flour, add salt, and then stir in another cup of flour (the remaining cup of flour will be your "bench" flour and added flour).
5 Dump mixture onto kneading board and work in last cup of flour, kneading until dough is soft and elastic, but not sticky. Form dough into a ball.
6 In another bowl, pour in the 1 tbsp olive oil and spread around.
7 Coat ball of dough with oil and cover bowl with a damp towel and let dough rise for 40 minutes.
8 Punch down dough and knead on board about 2 minutes. Dough is now ready to spread in the pan.
9 To avoid sticking of crust, lightly spray pizza pan with olive oil or vegetable oil spray and then work dough to pan (or use free form pan) - this dough is enough for 1 14-in pizza with a thin bottom crust and enough dough around the edge to munch.
10 Sauce:.
11 Combine pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, minced garlic, and basil.
12 Spread onto prepared pizza dough.
13 Top with sliced mozzarella cheese and bake at 500°F for 11-13 minut

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