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Super Simple Pizza

My family loves pizza, unfortunately we have found that it has gotten ridiculously expensive to feed my family of four with our local pizza places. Instead, we make delicious, perfectly cooked pizza at home for much much less.

What you need:

1 28 oz can of San Marzano Tomatoes

1 ready to bake pizza dough (1 dough will make three small pizzas and easily feeds my family of four)

1 Mozzarella Cheese ball

Fresh basil

1 TBS salt

Olive oil


Cast Iron Pan

Optional Additional toppings:


Cooked Italian Sausage

Take your dough out of the fridge. Divide into three equal pieces. Let rest for approximately an hour.

A half hour before the time you want to place your pizza in the oven, place your cast iron pan on the top rack in the oven. Set oven to broil. It’s important you don’t overlook or rush this step. Your pan needs to get super hot to cook the pizza properly.

In a medium bowl, crush/squish the San Marzano tomatoes. My kids like to assist with this part!

Add the salt to the tomatoes.

Slice your mozzarella ball into thin slices.

Roll out your first pizza dough. Use a dash of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to your prep surface and hands.

You’ll need to work quickly for the following steps. Remove your cast iron pan from the oven. Careful not to touch it while you work, it should be super hot!

Place your rolled out pizza dough on the hot pan.

Spread approximately 1 tbs olive oil on the dough with a brush.

Spread your crushed San Marzano tomato sauce on the dough.

Top the sauce with your sliced mozzarella cheese. Leave some open spaces of sauce on your pizza, it cooks better this way.

Add optional toppings at this time. Do NOT add the basil yet.

Place in top rack of the oven. These pizzas cook super fast. I would say between 3 to 5 minutes max. Watch the oven and remove the pizza once the cheese has started to brown, when the crust is bubbly, and has some brown spots.

Leave the pizza in the hot pan, tear your fresh basil, and add to the pizza.

Move pizza to cutting board, allow to cool slightly before slicing and serve.

Place your cast iron pan back in the oven immediately to keep it hot and ready for the next pizza.

Please note, this dinner is casual and not served all at once. I usually enjoy a slice of each pizza with the family as they come out of the oven. This gives the pan a chance to heat back up to temperature. The kids (and adults) may go play between pizzas.

Original recipe credit goes to Chrissy Teigen.

Lodge BOLD 12 Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, Design-Forward Cookware,Black

John Boos Cherry Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board, 20 Inches x 15 Inches x 1.5 Inches

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