If you have been making your own pizza then you know it is a lot more tasty than store bought or fast food. The same is true for the sauce. If you have not yet learnt how to make tomato sauce for pizzas, this recipe is perfect.
It is incredibly easy to make a tomato sauce for your pizza. Once you have, you will not go back to using store bought.
In a saucepan you want to heat up some oil and add some chopped onion and garlic. I then added some fresh basil leaves and gave everything a good stir. The basil leaves gives it some additional flavour and really makes a big difference.
Once these have sweated down a little, I then added two tins of chopped tomatoes. You could use whole plum tomatoes but I find the chopped ones save time and doesn’t have as many seeds in it.
I continued to cook the sauce for 20 minutes until it was nice and hot. Once cooked I added a small tin of tomato puree. This helps to thicken it as well as added some additional flavour. Add a pinch of salt and pepper for flavour and take off the heat.
Allow the tomato sauce to cool before putting onto the pizza base.
I hope this recipe has helped teach you how to make tomato sauce for pizza. It really is not that hard and can add so much flavour to your pizza’s.
Wanting to learn how to make tomato sauce for pizza? This recipe is perfect. Its incredibly easy to make and this pizza sauce tastes excellent!
Heat oil in a saucepan
Add chopped onion and garlic to the saucepan and allow to sweat for 5 minutes
Add the basil and continue to cook until onions are translucent, make sure you stir often
Once ready add the two tins of chopped tomatoes until heated through, around 20 minutes.
Strain the onion, garlic and basil. Mash down the tomato with a metal spoon to get all of the juice back into the saucepan.
Add the tin of tomato puree and stir to fully combine with the sauce.
Season with salt and pepper
Once cooked, remove from the heat and allow to fully cool before using on your pizza.
I have always been a bit scared to make my own pizza dough, in fact any kind of dough! Up until a few months ago I always relied on my bread maker to make my bread and either brought my pizza’s ready made or bought pre made bases.
I purchased myself a pizza stone as had the inspiration to give my own pizza a go, the question was do I make my own dough or just buy a pre-made one…. I decide to go for it and it actually turned out really nice and it was incredibly easy to make the pizza dough. Since then I have continued to make my own pizza’s, experimenting with different toppings.
Each and every time I have tried it, the pizza dough came out perfect! If you are in the same boat that I was then the below video and recipe will show you exactly how to make easy pizza dough! I have only ever used this easy pizza dough recipe with the pizza stone so cannot comment on how well it turns out without one, although it should turn out just fine.
The pizza stone I used was the follow and it has proved to be an excellent purchase, I would recommend it; Italian Collection World of Flavours Italian Pizza Stone Set
I have put together a video on making the pizza dough, if you watching recipes easier than reading them.
Below the video you will be able to find a full write up on how I made the pizza dough, as well as an ingredients list and a quick method. If you do like the video please feel free to comment below or on YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel 🙂
It’s actually pretty easy to make the pizza dough, I think like me people are worried about kneading it right and giving it time to rise. The dough itself does take a little time so I would be prepared for that when planning to make a pizza or two. The first thing that needs to be done is the yeast liquid, it is the yeast that makes the pizza rise just as it does in bread. In order for the yeast to react it needs to come into contact with lukewarm water.
Many recipes put the yeast in with the flour but I do like to give it a head start before combining with the flour. In a bowl place the water, I then add some sugar and olive oil to give it a little extra flavour and sweetness. Add the yeast and give this a gentle whisk, once it’s all whisked in leave it for 5 minutes.
Once you come back to it you should start to see a foam on the surface. In another bowl add the strong white flour and a pinch of salt, form a well in the middle and pour in the yeast liquid. You can get stuck straight in with your hands but it is very sticky so I prefer to start of by mixing it with a wooden spoon. Once it’s pretty much combined i’ll then get in with my hands and continue to give it a good mix.
Spread some flour out on a clean surface and begin to knead the dough, to be completely honest I have no idea if I knead things correctly. I just continue to fold it over and push it down with my hands and continue that process….seems to do the trick! Do this for about 10 minutes. You may need to add more flour if the dough becomes sticky, it’s also worth rubbing your hands in flour as well. After 10 minutes pop it into a bowl and cover over and place it somewhere warm, it needs somewhere warm (not hot) as this will help it to rise.
Leave it for between 60-90 minutes. Once done flour the surface again and knead for another 5 minutes. This recipe makes enough for 2 pizzas so divide it up and then begin to roll out, I would suggest starting off with your hands. Push the dough out to the edges and then rotate and continue adding flour when required. If it does get too much you can also use a rolling pin but this does get some of the air out.
I like to then leave it for a good 20 minutes once it’s rolled out before putting the toppings on and putting it in the oven.
Things to note: When using a pizza stone, make sure you have allowed it to fully heat up for a hour before using it. Add some olive oil to the stretched out dough before putting on the sauce. If you are looking for pizza recipes then don;t forget to check out the ones I have already done, I personally loved the Fajita pizza!! You can find my recipes via the link below; http://amateurchef.wpengine.com/mains/pizza/
I have been getting into making some homemade pizza’s over the past couple of weeks and thought id give a Vegetarian Pizza a go. This recipe was somewhat of a mash up of different things that I like on a Pizza that don’t include meat, and what I thought would go well together.
This homemade vegetarian pizza recipe comes with 6 toppings, the combination of all of the toppings actually work really well and the pizza tasted amazing, The pineapple and sweetcorn gave it a nice fresh taste, adding some additional sweetness to the pizza.
For the pizza dough I followed the recipe that I used for my Fajita pizza (http://amateurchef.wpengine.com/dining-alfresco-fajita-pizza/) I love this recipe for the pizza dough as its incredibly simple to do and I find it tastes very nice.
Once you have your pizza base ready for the toppings add the tomato puree and spread with the back of a spoon to ensure its spread across all of the base. Cover the puree with grated cheese, I would recommend getting a nice fresh cheese and grate it yourself as it really does make a difference. I then evenly spread out all of the toppings around the pizza to ensure its all fully covered.
I did start with the courgette, added the red pepper, onions, mushroom, pineapples and then finally the sweet corn. Once happy pop it in the oven until it’s fully cooked, this will normally take 20-30 minutes depending on the heat of the oven. I used a pizza stone to the cook the homemade vegetarian pizza, I would recommend them as it gives a nice even bake.
Spring is here and soon summer will be on us and what does that mean? Dining Alfresco of course! The evenings are already longer with some actual fairly warm sunlight as well!! One of the things I love is dining outside with friends and family in the sun with a nice cold beer or a tasty glass(…bottle) of wine.
More often than not I will have a couple of BBQ at my house, as well as enjoying a holiday in Cornwall where we will often eat out in the garden during the evening. Great company, music, conversation, drinks and food….what could be better?
BBQ tend to be the go to thing to eat outdoors, which is understandable as they are amazing! Its perfect as you can have a good chat and a few beers whilst the food is cooking on the BBQ. Another meal that I like whilst having friends around are Fajitas.
To me they are a very social meal as you can build them around a table outside and have chat and a few drinks. Make a selection of meats available such as beef and chicken, whilst also having a few nibbles such as Nachos…perfect!
I wanted to combine my love of Fajitas, along with the BBQ and pick something that you can enjoy outside with your friends and/or family and have a great evening… That’s when it came to me…stone baked fajita pizza that can be cooked on a BBQ This recipe is going to require you to have a Pizza stone (although you can use a normal grill if you don’t have one), make your own dough (believe me it’s easy), and love pizza (that’s a given though right?:))
I am currently doing my garden up ready for the summer, making a nice decked area so we can hopefully enjoy some really nice Alfresco dining. I was looking into some outdoor wooded fired pizza ovens from here – https://www.directstoves.com/outdoor-ovens-bbqs/outdoor-wood-fired-pizza-ovens.html they look incredible!
DirectStoves are actually running a competition to win a 3 – in 1 BBQ set, which for my garden plans would be ideal 😛 If you are looking for any out door cooking equipment, I would recommend them. I know they have a great reputation from what I have seen online – https://www.directstoves.com/outdoor-ovens-bbqs.html
I have used store bought pizza bases in the past and they are okay but they don’t have that wow taste to them. I decided to therefore to have a go at creating my own pizza bases, I have only ever made bread dough twice before and that was for a loaf and naan bread. If I can do it then believe me anyone should be able to 🙂
The first thing I needed to do was to create the actual pizza dough and as this needs around 90 minutes to rise, I needed to prepare it early. In a bowl I placed the oil, sugar and water along with the dry active yeast and have it a good mix and left it to one side for 10 minutes, it usually has some froth of the top after 10 minutes.
In a large bowl I placed the flour (I used strong white) and a good pinch of salt. When the yeast mixture is ready made a well in the centre of the flour and pour it in. Usually you have to mix and gradually add the flour on the sides but more often than not the wet ingredients go all over anyway!!
You can use a spoon but I just get my hands stuck in and give it all a good mix around until its all combined and a bit sticky. I floured my work top and dropped this dough onto it and began to knead the dough, I did this for around 5 minutes or so.
Put it into a clean bowl and cover with some cling film, it’s important to put it somewhere warm and leave it for around 60-90 minutes.
After 60 minutes I decided to put the pizza stone in the oven at its highest temperature as it needs time to heat up and get to temperature. I also felt this was a good time to prepare the ingredients for the pizza topping.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT place the pizza stone in a preheated oven, the stone needs to warm up with the oven. A sudden change in temperature can make the stone crack.
As the fajita pizza has chicken, this needed to be pre cooked. Place chicken strips or diced chicken into a bowl and sprinkle a good couple of tablespoons of Fajita spice mix to ensure all of the chicken is well covered, put into a frying pan and cook until the chicken is cooked throughout (usually around 10-20 minutes)
Whilst the chicken was cooking I thinly sliced the onions and a yellow pepper and red pepper. Once the chicken was done, I removed it from the heat and placed it on a bowl to allow it to cool to room temperature. Once the dough has risen, the toppings should be done and pizza stone will be almost ready, by the time you pop the pizza on it should be fully warm enough.
I took the dough and knocked it back (which I think is just smack it but not 100% sure ;)). I kneaded this for a couple more minutes, mine was a little sticky so added a little more flour. I then rolled the pizza out, its best to do it with your hands and not a rolling pin as it helps to keep the air in.
Don’t worry about the shape so much, you’re free to make it whatever shape you want and all the best pizzas are not perfectly round 🙂 Once I had rolled it out to the size and thickness that I wanted, I left it for another 10-20 minutes to proof a little more and also to ensure the pizza stone was fully warm enough.
I dont have a pizza peel which I think would have made it easier to manage so instead I placed the pizza dough onto a sheet of parchment paper.
I did read online about whether you should pre baked the pizza base and I decided against it, instead I got some olive oil and gave the top of the pizza a good brushing as this should help protect it from the wet ingredients and stop it from getting soggy.
I put a small tin of tomato puree onto the base and with the back of a spoon spread it around the entire base. You could make your own tomato sauce fairly easily, however I love the taste of tomato puree.
Get yourself a nice block of cheese, for this fajita pizza I used cheddar and grated it over the pizza until it was covered. Spread evenly the chicken, peppers and onions and now it’s time to place onto the pizza stone. I opened the oven and dropped the parchment paper on top of the stone and cooked it on the parchment paper for around 5 minutes, I optioned it up and turned the fajita pizza around and continued to cook.
I checked on the pizza every so often as it needs to come of the parchment paper, as soon as the base was cooked enough I used a spatula and prised it away from the paper and pulled the paper from out of it. This is why a pizza peel would be easier 🙂 I then left this to cook until the edges were nicely brown and the toppings were cooked.
You want to keep an eye on it as the time it takes to cook would depend on the thickness of your pizza. Once cooked, remove from the oven but be careful as the pizza stone will be VERY hot. Place the Fajita pizza on a plate or wooden board and pour a little salsa, soured cream and guacamole over the Fajita pizza.
Slice, take outside and share with your friends or family with a nice beer!! It’s worth noting that with this recipe I did cook it in a oven as we need a new BBQ BUT a pizza stone can be used in the BBQ and have the same if not better results. This is a perfect recipe for enjoying time with friends and family outside, let me know what you think of it in the comments below!