My life has been really hectic the past few weeks. I've barely had time to get anything done for my upcoming Christmas gathering, let alone think about what to make for dinner. I've had some Udi's Pizza Crustssitting in my freezer, staring me in the face every time I reach in there to get something, but I could never psych myself up enough to actually do anything with them, until now.
I'm not a big fan of making pizza at home. It never tastes as good as when you eat out and for some reason I've convinced myself that making pizza at home is a drawn out process, even with pre-made crusts, which is ridiculous if you think about it. I finally decided that now was the time to make pizza, since I have little to no energy to dream up anything else and I was craving pizza anyway, so why not, right?
I found a super simple recipe for making pizza sauce, and while it didn't taste anything like the pizza sauce I've had when eating out, it was still good and worked well with all of my toppings. I'm lactose intolerant, so I try to use dairy free cheese as often as possible and my new favorite is Daiya's Vegan Mozzarella-Style cheese, which I had for the first time at ZPizza on Bleecker Streeta few months back. I was really impressed by how well the cheese melted and for being vegan, it has a rich, creamy taste you'd never expect. Granted, I think the results at Z Pizza are a bit skewed considering how hot pizza ovens are, but the cheese still gets soft and chewy at home (especially if you turn on the broiler for a second). :)
The crust held up quite well and had a soft, but firm texture and a mild flavor. I would try making it on a grill next time to get some char marks and grill flavor, but tossing it in the oven was fine, and produced a yummy pizza that only I could turn into a dichotomy with my vegan cheese and pepperoni topping. I can now say that I'm not scared of making pizza at home any more, especially if it's as easy, fast and delicious as this was!
What's your favorite kind of pizza?
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/3 cup of warm water
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup celery, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large skillet, melt butter with the oil. Add the onion, celery and garlic and saute until soft and transparent. Add water and tomato paste and stir until smooth (add a little more water as needed to thin out the sauce to your liking).
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to slow simmer. Simmer for 30-60 minutes (or not at all depending on your taste and time frame).
- Spread the sauce on your prepared pizza dough and add toppings. Cook pizza according to package instructions for dough.