Food With Soul

Celebrating National Pizza Day

Our Tastemaker, Chef Margaret Occhipinti is sharing with us her housemade pizza dough recipe as well as two different pizza sauce options  for you to make for National Pizza Day. Top it off with some fresh mozzarella, basil, and a little bit of red pepper flakes and you have a delicious meal to share with you and your family!

Chef Margaret's Pizza Recipe

Serves: 2 servings


For Pizza Dough:

  • 1 ¼ package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup “00” flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil



For Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 20oz can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp each sea salt & black pepper
  • ½ tsp dry oregano flakes
  • 5 leaves fresh basil

For Alfredo Sauce:

  • ½ shallot, minced
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ Tbsp flour
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • ¾ cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter soft


For Pizza Dough:

  1. Bloom yeast in warm water for 10 minutes
  2. Add ½ cup flour
  3. Mix and let sit for 30 minutes
  4. Add the remainder of the flour, salt, and olive oil
  5. Mix and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes
  6. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes
  7. Knead for 5 minutes
  8. Portion to 8oz dough balls
  9. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours

For Pizza Sauce:

  1. Pour the tomatoes & sauce into a bowl. With your hand squeeze tomatoes to break them up
  2. Add everything except the basil
  3. Blend with a stick blender (or pulse in food processor) to make a thick sauce
  4. add freshly torn basil leaves


For Alfredo Sauce:

  1. Heat a medium size sauce pan, melt the 2 TBSP butter, add shallot & garlic & sauté 2 minutes.
  2. Add the flour and cook over low heat until it smells nutty,
  3. Add cream, whisk until smooth, add salt & pepper. Cook over low/medium heat until thick, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, whisk in parmesan cheese until smooth
  5. Finish by whisking in 1 TBSP butter
  6. Let sauce cool prior to spreading on pizza

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