Do you love homemade pizza but hate the time, effort and mess required to make it?
Early last year, I made up my mind to find a way to make homemade pizza that can be frozen. I figured hey, if the frozen food aisle is full of them there must be a way for me to make a fresher version at home.
After a bit of searching, I came across THIS recipe for Par Baked Pizza Crust. And all I can say is Ohhh Mama! With five ingredients and very little effort, I have been able to keep my freezer stocked with the makings for the best pizza pie this side of Italy. And it is perfect for adding to my Gradual Make-Ahead™ recipe collection
- 2 pkg Active Dry Yeast
- 4 c. Unbleached Flour (bread flour is best)
- 1/8 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 1/2 c. Warm Water
Add water, olive oil and yeast to bowl and let sit for a minute or two.
Combine dry ingredients and knead for five minutes. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, you can use the dough paddle and mix on low for the same amount of time. Turn dough into a warm, oiled bowl and cover.
Let sit until doubled in size (around 45 minutes).
Divide dough and form six balls. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes or so. Then form into 10-12″ pizza crusts.
Bake at 500 for 2-4 minutes, or until they are just able to firmly hold their shape.
Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tip: If you plan to store these in gallon-size freezer bags, just be sure you don’t make your crust larger than your bag.
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Take crust directly from freezer and add toppings.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Now, onto the sauce.
The. Best. Sauce. Ever.
Yes, that’s what it shall be called.
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans Stewed Tomatoes
- 1 (6 oz) can Tomato Paste
- 1/2 c. Chicken Broth
- 4 T Chopped Fresh Parsley
- 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- 6 T Olive Oil
Process all ingredients in a food processor. No cooking needed! Freeze in 5-10 individual bags for up to 3 months. Thaw as needed!
Now you have everything you need to make a homemade pizza in under ten minutes!