Making a big meal on Friday is just not happening after a busy week.
One of my easy meal favorites for Friday is to roll out a pizza dough, pour some homemade sauce on it and sprinkle with cheese, and sometimes there is a special request for add-ons.
You can make my homemade pizza dough using this recipe or buy fresh dough from your favorite Italian restaurant or most supermarkets have fresh pizza dough as well.
I do make my own pizza sauce also which is really easy and you can make it early in the day to have it ready when it’s time to make the pizza. Here is my recipe.
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves (whole or chopped)
- 1 Tbls. olive oil
- 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 tsp. basil or oregano (optional to taste)
- 1 Tbls. red wine (optional)
- Heat olive oil in a 1.5 quart sauce pan with cover. Add garlic and let it simmer until the flavor blends into the oil, about 3-4 minutes. Try not to let it burn or it will taste bitter.
- Add in the tomato sauce and simmer for a few minutes then add the red wine if you choose. Cover and simmer gently approximately 20 minutes. Add salt,
- and pepper, basil, oregano as desired.
I line the pan with parchment paper and rub the paper with olive oil before I place the dough on the pan. This prevents the pizza from sticking. I have forgotten to use the parchment paper and oil and the pizza was stuck to the pan.
Add the cheese and any other toppings you like. This week I added a few sliced olives. You can add any kind of toppings you like: sausage, onions, peppers, olives, pepperoni . . . the possibilities are endless.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add in the prepared pizza and bake for 12 minutes, or until the dough edges are browned and when you lift the pizza it will also be lightly browned underneath.