Jeremiah is such a little sweetie! Whenever I make homemade pizza, he will say to me, "Mom, why do you have to make your homemade pizza so good?!?!" I don't know if it is THAT good, but it is easy, cost-effective, and YUMMY! Here's how I do it:
(in a bread machine)
1 3/8 c warm water
3 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp yeast
My bread machine's dough cycle takes 1 1/2 hours; therefore, for me, the hardest part of this recipe is remembering to start a pizza dough at the appropriate time.
The above recipe makes two BIG pizza crusts. So when the bread machine finishes its cycle, I split the dough in half, sprinkle some flour on my counter and start rolling one half out into a circular shape (it is NOT a perfect circle AT ALL). I have tried many times to experiment with hand tossing. Let's just say EPIC FAIL! So I pretty much just roll it out with my handy dandy Pampered Chef Roller. When I have two pizza crusts rolled out and on my pizza pans, I brush the crusts with olive oil. I gleaned this tip off the Internet somewhere. It promised the brushing of olive oil would help keep the toppings from making the crust soggy, and lo & behold, IT DOES!
For sauce, I just shoot from the hip. Typically I use about 1/2 a 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce per pizza. I just buy the cheapest, generic tomato sauce I can find. I season it with salt, garlic, oregano, and basil. Then I spread 1/2 can on each crust. I then spread about 2 cups of shredded mozzarella on each pizza. (Sometimes in a pinch when I've run out of cheese I add Parmesan or even cheddar... that was YUMMY.)
As far as toppings, usually we just do "extra cheesy" because it's cheap and easy and a good standby. But here are some of other favorites:
Veggie: tomato, red onion, green pepper, mushrooms (make sure to saute them first it is yummier), black olives.
Regular toppings: sausage, pepperoni
Chicken Parmesan (this is Noah's ABSOLUTE favorite): on top of the mozzarella cheese I add chicken (buy a bag of popcorn chicken from the freezer section) and then a sprinkler of mozzarella and some Parmesan.
Bacon Cheeseburger (this was YUMMY but ended up being a very TALL pizza): use a mix of mozzarella and cheddar for the cheese, sprinkle browned ground beef and crumbles of cooked bacon, add another sparse layer of cheese