Making pizza is so much fun! This thin crust cheese pizza is light, delicious and everyone will enjoy it!
Lately I have been completely obsessed with making pizza, and I simply can't stop eating it. So you might be asking yourself what is all the buzz about pizza... it's just pizza! Not exactly. If you ever made pizza at home OR was served a fresh homemade pizza pie, you know there is nothing quite like it...
I am so glad you are here, perhaps drooling over this pizza pie or trying to master the art of making pizza (or both). Either way... I am really glad that you are reading this post and soon you will see the reason why.
Yes, I have been super excited over pizza lately. If you follow Ribas With Love behind the scenes' photos, food prepping and other monkey business' on Instagram , you probably seen a few pies come out of my oven lately. That's because I recently figured out how to make the perfect pizza dough and it's so much fun!
Last week I posted the recipe for my Easy Homemade Pizza Dough. Although it's an easy recipe, thus is called easy, it does require a couple special secrets that you will need to do in order to start making amazing pizzas. But that's all revealed and easily explained in the Easy Homemade Pizza Dough recipe itself.
Once you manage to make the perfect pizza dough, you will be flipping pizzas left and right and here is the reason why;
Everyone loves pizza, right? I mean, not a soul can resist the smell and the crunchiness, the melted cheeses and fresh veggies, the meats or meatless pies, or even a super healthy arugula salad pizza. And how about a breakfast pizza with mushrooms and a fried egg? NO ONE can resist! And that's the beauty of it. You can easily customize a topping to satisfy everyone!
Need another reason? As mentioned in the Easy homemade Pizza Dough post, it gets expensive having to purchase several pizzas to satisfy everyone's uncompromisingly different taste. So basically this recipe saved my life! The best part is when the kids ask for more over and over again 🙂
This is also a super convenient recipe. Last Sunday a made a double batch of pizza dough. On that day I baked four 8-inch pizzas which was the perfect snack between our kids' lacrosse games. I froze the other batch. Yesterday morning I took the frozen dough out from my freezer and left it on the counter, covered with a damp cloth (this keeps the moisture in and keeps it from building a crusty, hard layer on top of the dough). Before the kids got off the bus I divided the dough into two equal balls and rolled it out on a floured surface. Within 10 minutes I had two gorgeous large pizzas (12-inch each) coming out of the oven. The kids must have smelled the pizzas from the bus because they ran into the kitchen and in a matter of 10 minutes two pies were gone! Luckily I got to snap a photo before my hungry lions ran in. I was so happy that the frozen dough tasted just as awesome as the fresh dough!
Thin Crust Cheese Pizza
- 1 can 14 oz San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 medium garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
- cornmeal as needed
- 10 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ tablespoon oregano
- olive oil for brushing crust
- sea salt
- Place a pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 500 F degrees. Allow the pizza stone to preheat for at least 30 minutes.
- To make the sauce: Drain the liquid form the tomatoes and transfer to a blender, pulse 3 or 4 times until the tomatoes are pureed. Stir in the garlic and olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- To make the pizza: Once your stone is preheated, dust work surface with flour to roll out your dough. This recipes makes 2 12-inch or 4 8-inch pizzas, so be sure to split the dough accordingly. Flatten the dough to a thin round.
- Dust a pizza peel with cornmeal and place the dough round on the peel. Give the peel a little shake to make sure that the dough moves freely and is not sticking. Brush the dough with olive oil and lightly coat dough with tomato sauce, leaving ½ inch exposed around the edge. Top with cheeses, oregano and sea salt (to taste).
- Open the oven and slide the pizza off the peel on to the pizza stone. Allow pizza to cook until the crust is golden brown and crisp and the cheese is bubbling.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and place on a cutting board. Let pizza rest for 1-2 minutes before you cut it. Repeat process with remaining dough.
This thin crust cheese pizza is very easy to make and only needs a couple ingredients. You can mix the mozzarella cheese with a bit of cheddar or italian mix, if you prefer. Also some people don't like the taste of oregano, so it's totally up to you to use it or not. Lastly, most people tend to overdo on the sauce and/or cheese, this cause the pizza to weight down looking lifeless and often times breaking apart because the dough cannot support the weight of the toppings, so keep it simple and delicious.
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Sending lot's of love your way,
Silvia Ribas xoxo