Who knew this was soooo easy? All my life, I thought pizza dough was a big mystery and either went to Pizza Hut, bought a mix, or ate a frozen pizza.

No more. This is a cinch. You do need to own a Cuisinart food processor with a dough blade.

In a 2 cup measuring cup put 1 1/4 cups of warm water and one teaspoon of sugar. Add one package of active dry yeast. Let it sit for three to five minutes till it is foamy.

In the meantime put 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and half a tablespoon of Kosher salt in the bowl of the food processor, which has the dough blade in it.

With the machine running, add the liquid through the feed tube till it is absorbed by the flour. Dough will run around the bowl and sort of form a ball. Turn off machine. then turn on for thirty seconds to knead the dough.

It will be sticky. Pour some extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. Dump in dough. Turn to coat and put in a large zip lock bag. Seal top. Let rise in a warm place for forty five minutes.


Now place dough on lightly floured work surface, punch down and let it rest for five to ten minutes. Knead dough for about five minutes or so till it isn’t sticky. Roll and stretch into desired crust sizes and place on pans sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.

This makes quite a large ball, so if you don’t use it all, just put in a baggie in fridge and make some more pizza tomorrow.

Then follow whatever pizza recipe you are making.

What I do is I chop up some onion, olives, cooked mushrooms and green pepper. Toss this in a little bowl with some basil/oregano, olive oil. Spread some Contadena pizza squeeze all over dough. Top with veggies, mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake in a very hot oven (500) till bubbly. About twenty minutes.

Of course, you may prefer ham/pineapple or pepperoni. Wolfgang Puck makes a lox pizza. Yuck.

If you have a pizza stone all the better. Mine broke, boohoo.

Cost to make a pizza is probably about three dollars all together. Of course that is assuming that you have an onion, a green bell pepper, some mushrooms and olives. And also that you have a $150 food processor.