Think you need a whole pizza party in order to make pizza? Wrong. Next time you are searching for a quick dinner to make yourself, try making a Pizza for One. Just because you are dining alone doesn’t mean that you have to eat cereal or cold leftovers for dinner. I like to make this dough recipe ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for a few days so it’s ready when I need it. Just remove the dough from the fridge an hour or so before you are ready to get to work so it can warm up to room temperature.
Pizza for One Dough (makes 1-2 personal pizzas and can be doubled)
3/4 cups warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp crushed basil
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 tsp yeast
I let my bread machine do the heavy lifting for this dough. Alternative methods are listed in the note below.
Add the warm water to your bread machine insert, followed by the olive oil. Cover the liquid with the black pepper, oregano, salt and flours and then add the yeast on top. Set your bread machine to the “Dough” cycle and let it go to town on that dough. My machine mixes, kneads, allows for a first rise and then a second kneading. Once that is done, remove the dough from the bread machine and shape into a wonky little pizza crust. Place the crust on a well-floured baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pre-bake the crust for 10 minutes, remove & add toppings. Once you have it all assembled, pop that Pizza for One back in the 400 degree oven for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is gooey and the bottom of the crust is golden brown.
Note: You can use a food processor with or without a dough hook (follow these basic directions, adding in the spices after the flour), a stand mixer with a dough hook (try these directions) or your hands! Try using these directions for kneading by hand.
Fresh Ricotta & Veggie Pizza
For this Pizza for One, I decided to use up some of the delicious summer vegetables I had in my fridge. Since you aren’t feeding ten people, you can also afford to get a little bit fancy with your pizza. Indulge!
I sliced up zucchini, summer squash and mushrooms and sauteed them with a little extra virgin olive oil and a shake of salt and pepper. I layered those veggies with raw spring onion (I like to let the onion cook along with the pizza so it still stays a little crunchy) over tomato sauce and a thin sprinkling of shredded mozzarella cheese. I spooned homemade ricotta and garlic scape pesto on top for extra flavor. Bring your pie outside for a quiet dinner picnic in the park or stay inside with an old movie for a perfect Pizza for One night. Enjoy!