This favorite weekly meal of ours is the perfect starting point for Nourish. It’s easy, delicious, and so basic that you can add any toppings that suit your taste. The way we prepare it is New York-style thin crust, but by using a smaller pan, the crust can easily be the thickness of your choosing.

STEP ONE – Make the Dough


¾ cup of lukewarm water
1 packet of dry active yeast
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt


Pour the warm water over the yeast in a large bowl and mix with a large plastic spoon until it has fully dissolved. Add the flour and salt and mix until they come together.

  1. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth. It should feel a little moist and elasticky, but shouldn’t be sticking to your hands or the counter.
  2. Spray the bottom of the bowl with canola spray and place the dough in. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 30 minutes while you’re making the sauce.

STEP TWO – Make the Pizza Sauce


1 tablespoon of olive oil
¼ cup of minced onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 15-ounce can of tomatoes or 4 fresh tomatoes cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2-3 leaves of fresh basil
Salt and pepper
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
2-3 leaves of fresh basil


  1. Heat the oil in a medium-size pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices and cook for 15 minutes until they have reduced to a sauce. It should be thick, not runny.

STEP THREE – Assemble and Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and move the oven rack to the center.
  2. Spray a large pizza pan with canola spray.
  3. Spread the pizza dough onto the pan, then place the dough in the middle of the pan and press with your fingers to reach the edges. Put a kitchen towel under the pan so it doesn’t slide.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce onto the dough 1 cup at a time, making sure it covers the entire surface.
  5. Sprinkle 2 cups of parmesan, mozzarella, or other simple grated cheeses on top of the sauce. Add any extra toppings you’d like. Some of our favorites are black olives, spinach, and/or broccoli.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven until the pizza is lightly browned. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pizza from the pan onto a large cutting board and cut it into 8 slices using a pizza cutter.

Recommended serving size: 2 slices

Exchanges: 2 starches, 2 protein, 1 fat

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Nourish is all about wholesome food preparation for those with disordered eating. Our mission is to provide delicious recipes anyone can make at home, along with education and support for individuals recovering from eating disorders and their caregivers.

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