While I was growing up, pizza was a regular meal.
Not the round pizza in the frozen food section or the pizza we see in commercials
for take out or delivery vendors.
Just a simple, homemade pizza.
Easier, and maybe healthier, than Carmela Soprano's Pizza.
I couldn't say how many this would feed.
Sometimes it was the main course.
Sometimes it just added a bit of heft to a soup dinner.
It was Ma's pizza.
The toppings (spices, tomatoes and cheese) are the total amounts for both pizzas.
Just use half on each.
Or modify to suit your family… or budget.
In a large bowl combine
3 Cups warm water
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons yeast
Let sit 10 minutes.
2 teaspoons salt
8 Cups flour
Knead 15 minutes.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl.
Rotate the dough to cover the surface with oil.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel.
Let rise 2 hours.
About 30 minutes before the dough is finished rising
combine in a small bowl
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 teaspoons oregano
8 ounces pepperoni (optional)
16 ounces mozzarella
Grease 2 large cookie pans
Divide the dough and knead each piece on a floured surface.
Roll out a piece of dough, place it in a cookie pan and stretch it to fit.
Repeat with the other piece of dough.
Preheat oven to 450º F
Top each pizza with
3 Cups crushed tomatoes
Sprinkle the cheese / spice mixture over the tomatoes.
Drizzle over each pizza
1/4 Cup olive oil, about
Run the back of a spoon over the tomatoes to blend the ingredients.
the prepared meat and cheese
Bake 25 minutes.
Ma's pizza is also good cold.