Guest Post: Homemade Pizza With The Culinary Couple

{Today I’m pleased to bring you my first guest post while I’m taking some time off from the blog to travel. I’m so excited to share stories and delicious recipes from one of my favorite bloggers, and good friend Emily of The Culinary Couple. Emily & Nick are two fabulous foodies from central Pennsylvania, their blog has been on my “must read” list for a few years. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to meet in real life sometime at a blogger conference or if life brings them to the lone star state or me to the keystone state – I’m certain we would be fast friends.

Thanks for sharing Emily! }

We prefer to cook meals with wholesome, seasonal ingredients and instructions that are easy to follow, and pizza fits that bill. So a few weeks ago, on a quiet Friday night, we made pizza for dinner.

My husband, Nick, prepared the dough, and I blended together the ingredients for a basic tomato sauce.

I topped my pie (yes, I had an entire pie to myself) with mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, and mushrooms. And Nick neatly placed pepperonis on his — along with cheese and local sweet Italian sausage. In less than 20 minutes, we were biting into crispy crust with savory sauce, melty cheesy, and all of our favorite toppings.

Between bites we envisioned future Friday nights with little hands shaping pizza dough and spreading sauce and snatching slices of cheese. And we decided it would be a fun tradition to start: Friday Night Pizza Night.

During the fall and winter months we will top our pizzas with roasted root vegetables like butternut squash and red potatoes. Or maybe we’ll caramelize onions and add pears and Gorgonzola cheese to our pies.

Asparagus and bacon or lemon and artichokes will grace our pizzas in the spring.

And when the weather warms and our garden blooms, we will pluck tomatoes from their vines and tear basil leaves and grill our pizza outdoors.

To us, food isn’t just about sifting flour and boiling pasta and grilling meat; it’s about making memories.

What are your favorite family food traditions?

Pizza Crust (makes 2 crusts)

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

  • 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Add yeast to 1 1/2 cups warm water. In a stand mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed and with a paddle attachment in place, drizzle olive oil into the bowl until combined with flour. Then add yeast/water mixture and mix until combined.

Coat a separate bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coast dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let it rise for about 2 hours. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Add your favorite toppings and bake at 475 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Tomato Sauce (for 2 pizzas)

Adapted from Annie’s Eats

  • 1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Pesto Sauce (for 2 pizzas)

Adapted from

  • 1/4 cups almonds (you could also use pine nuts or walnuts)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Toast nuts in a small skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a food processor, combine toasted nuts with the remaining ingredients, and process until a coarse paste is formed. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

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2 Responses

  1. Jen Rames says:

    I made this tomato sauce recipe for our pizzas on the grill yesterday and it was a big hit! The garlic adds so much flavor.

  2. elizabeth says:

    Glad that you had success with it! Pizza’s on the grill sound amazing.

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