Mamma Mia! It’s Pizza Night!

The first pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s, opened in Chicago in 1905. America’s love affair with the tomato-sauce laden treat was born.

Making pizza at home has been a favorite dinnertime activity ever since. What could be more fun than spending an evening rolling out dough, topping it with your favorite foods, and enjoying the satisfying aroma as your custom pizza bakes in the oven?

Here’s one recipe for your own pizza night, courtesy of Taste of Home. Feel free to customize as your taste buds desire!

Ingredients

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)

1/4 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon salt

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 pound ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

3 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 medium green pepper, diced

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

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Directions

In large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil and salt. Stir in flour, a cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.

Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 2-3 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.

Punch down dough; divide in half. Press each into a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Combine the tomato sauce, oregano and basil; spread over each crust. Top with beef mixture, green pepper and cheese.

Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Yield: 2 pizzas (3 servings each).