Makes 8 servings

The Dough:
1 packet active dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups flour

  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water.
  2. Stir in one cup of the flour and the salt.
  3. Add the next 3 cups of the flour, one cup at a time, mixing well until it is nolonger sticky.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface, until it is smooth and elastic, for
    8-10 minutes, working in the remaining last 1/2 cup of flour.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and put it in a lightly oiled bowl, then
    cover with a cloth or plastic wrap.
  6. Let it rise in a warm place for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
  7. Punch it down to get out air bubbles. Divide in two (or into the number of pizzas you want).
  8. Pull and spread out the dough with your hands onto two lightly oiled
    12-inch pizza pans or baking sheets.

The Topping:
1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
2 cups grated mozzarella cheeese

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce on each pizza.
  3. (Optional) Arrange on top, chopped vegetables of your choice such as
    mushrooms, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, onions, herbs.
  4. Sprinkle 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese on each pizza.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. Serve at once! Buon Appetito!