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Quick and Easy Pizza

This recipe uses a traditional pizza dough recipe with yeast, but only needs 15 minutes for the dough to rise. Once you try this fresh, homemade pizza, you might never go back to frozen or delivery!

4 servings
Prep time
30 minutes
Cook time
15 minutes
Total time
45 minutes
2 cups flour (all-purpose (divided in half))
1 tablespoon yeast (instant)
1 tablespoon sugar
2/3 cup water (warm (110 to 115 degrees F))
2 tablespoons water (warm (110 to 115 degrees F))
2 ounces non stick spray
1 cup marinara sauce
6 ounces mozzarella cheese (part-skim, shredded)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  2. Collect, shred, and measure all ingredients before starting to prepare the recipe.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and water with a spoon.
  4. Gradually stir in the other cup of flour until the mixture forms a ball.
  5. Dust a cutting board or clean countertop surface with flour. Put the ball of dough on the surface, then use your clean hands to knead the dough on the surface for about 5 minutes.
  6. Spray a bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Put the dough in the bowl, and cover it with a clean dishtowel. Put the bowl on the oven while it is preheating (but not on a burner that is turned on), and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes (preheating the oven will cause the stovetop to be slightly warm and will help the dough rise).
  7. Spray a 12-inch x 16-inch baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the dough into an even layer on the baking sheet. Spread the dough into an even layer on the baking sheet. For a thicker crust, use a smaller baking sheet.
  8. Add a thin layer of the Easy Marinara Sauce from the Eating Smart, Being Active Let's Cook! Cookbook, leaving a 1/2 inch crust on all edges.
  9. Add the shredded cheese and pizza toppings. Be careful not to put too many toppings on the pizza, or it will be soggy.
  10. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the crust is brown and the cheese melts and is slightly browned in spots.
  11. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Eat within 3 to 5 days.

Top with your favorite pizza toppings. 

Meal Type: Lunch, Dinner
Category: Kid-Friendly
Food group: Vegetables, Dairy, Grains
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall