Pizza Basics Recipe

How To Make Pizza Basic With Babish.


  • Flour
  • Kosher Salt
  • Dry Yeast
  • Dry Flour
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Some Red Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Dried Onion Powder
  • Dried Oregano Stir
  • Pizza
  • Some Shredded Low-Moisture Mozzarella
  • Cheese
  • Basil
  • More Cornflour
  • Some Spicy Sopressata
  • Some Fresh Creamy Burrata
  • Cheese Burrata
  • Some Chopped Up Ham
  • Some Nice Sauteed Spinach



All right so first off we have to make pizza dough now you can use the store-bought fridge rated stuff. But the easiest way to make it at home is jim lay he’s overnight no need method. We’re gonna start by measuring out 500 grams of bread flour, 16 grams of kosher salt and 1 gram or 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast. We’re then going to whisk those together make sure that they are thoroughly combined before adding 350 milliliters or 350 grams. If you still got your bowl on the scale of water use a wooden spoon to roughly combined into a shaggy dough. This should only take a few minutes and don’t worry about how messy it gets, once it just barely comes together and no big clumps of dry flour remain simply cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours that’s it in the meantime.


We’re gonna make a simple pizza sauce start by bringing some extra virgin olive oil to a simmer over medium heat adding some roughly chopped garlic and sauteing for 1 minute or until fragrant add some red pepper flake let that mingle with the garlic for another 10 or 15 seconds before adding a 28 ounce can of whole san marzano tomatoes give this a good stir and start breaking up the tomatoes a little bit. But you don’t have to worry about it too much. Because we’re gonna puree this sauce and for that sort of new york pizza parlor flavor. We’re gonna add a little bit of dried onion powder and a little bit of dried oregano stir, a little bit to combine and let this guy simmer gently over medium-low heat for about 30 to 45 minutes just to let these flavors get to know each other then we’re gonna simply dump our sauce into a blender and puree for just 10 or 15 seconds.


We just want to break up the major tomato solids and make something nice and smooth that we can spread on our pizza speaking of which it’s dough time. We’re gonna start by generously flowering our work surface and then retrieving our pizza dough which you can see has both grown in size and become uniform in texture the slow overnight ferment is also going to make for better flavor and browning down the line. We’re gonna divide our dough into four pieces that’s four pizzas cover the other ones with plastic wrap while we work with our first ball dough. We’re gonna evenly coat it in flour and start gently patting it down into the general shape of pizza don’t worry too much about getting it perfectly round and don’t roll it out with a rolling pin.


We’re just sort of gently coaxing suggesting what shape this dough should results in now we’re gonna pick it up and using our knuckles passing it knuckle over knuckle stretch it out into a larger and larger beats of pie. I accidentally drop it down on the countertop stretch it back out make some final corrections just sort of get it generally into the shape that you want we’re gonna have one more chance to make revisions. Before we throw this guy in the oven first we need to dust our pizza peel with cornmeal or assembling a flour. This is going to act like little ball bearings to help the pizza slide off easily into our waiting five hundred degree oven. That we’ve been preheating for at least an hour. Now you guessed it, it’s sauce time. We’re gonna ladle a few ladles of sauce onto our pizza one at a time spreading them out getting it.

5All the way to the edge the placement of the sauce and the cheese are really. What are going to determine the shape and size of our crust. Now we’re topping with some shredded low-moisture mozzarella not too pre-shredded that stuff is coated in potato starch and will result in the nasty unmelted pieces of cheese they might be used to. If you’ve ever made pizza at home before we’re also gonna top with a couple leaves of basil and now pick up the pizza and give it a shake and see if it’s sliding around freely on your pizza peel. If it’s sticking anywhere just lift up the corner and dust it with a bit more cornflour. Now slide it onto your pizza stone and your preheated oven and bake for seven to nine minutes. Until it looks like the pizza i know it doesn’t seem feasible, but try to let this cool for a few minutes before cutting into pieces and serving your mouth will thank you for putting this pizza inside of it.

6Because it’s really very good. I can’t tell you what kind of difference a slow fermented dough like this makes and as long as we have four pieces when we try some variations. I have some spicy sopressata that i’m going to put on top of a little bit of cheese and red sauce a little bit of freshly torn basil and this time i’ve pushed the sauce truly. All the way to the edge this is going to give me a darker crust with more caramelized tomato sauce. Now i’m going to top the whole thing with some fresh creamy burrata, cheese burrata is like a little sack of mozzarella that is filled with sweet cream and it is off-the-charts delicious. Now you can obviously top your pizza however you want you can put pineapple on there for all care but what about different form factors how about a calzone. This time i’m just going to spread sauce on one side of the dough it’s up with be requisite mozzarella cheese or you know the cheese of your choice. I’m also gonna throw some chopped up ham, in there i think that’ll be fun and how about some nice sauteed spinach to be honest.

7I’m just throwing stuff in there that i haven’t fridge this is a great way to use up leftover ingredients from other recipes simply fold the dough over on itself crimp with a fork. If you want you can trim away the excess dough for a cleaner presentation same deals the pizza make sure that it is sliding around freely on your peel for a brown or slightly glossy or crust i’m going to drizzle this and brush it down with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and throw it into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until deeply browned. Normally you want to let this guy cool off for a little bit. But i’m trying to get that poorni steamy cross section which we can take a look at now serve with some extra sauce on the side for dipping or just dig in as is i hope you guys try this yourselves.