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Quick & Easy Sicilian Pizza

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Quick & Easy Sicilian Pizza has a thick crust, a sweet sauce, and is topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperoni’s, ground sausage, and sliced red and green peppers.

Making pizza crust at home using Fleishmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast couldn’t be easier! With simple to follow directions and simple ingredients, the whole family can help! Since Fleishmann’s® Yeast® has been trusted for over 150 years, you can expect great quality and great results.

Serving utensil holding up a slice of homemade pizza topped with pepperoni, peppers, and cheese.

Baking homemade goods with or for the family is always better than ordering carryout. There’s something special about preparing the dough that makes lunch or dinner extra special. It’s a great way to get the family involved and to teach the children the basics of kneading and baking dough.

Fleishmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast only takes 10 minutes to rise. It creates a thick and tasty crust in a matter of minutes. The homemade sweet sauce only takes 10 minutes to simmer to become embodied in delicious flavors of tomatoes, garlic, and oregano.

Homemade Sicilian pizza on pizza sheet topped with red and green peppers, and cheese.

Making Sicilian Crust

By using a tried and true recipe for the crust and doubling the ingredients, the Sicilian crust is born for this recipe.

Making this crust is easy to prepare and uses simple ingredients. With only 6 ingredients, the dough comes together quick and easy. It only takes 10 minutes for this dough to rise and only 20-25 minutes to bake.

Labeled ingredients for homemade pizza.

To make this Sicilian pizza crust, add 2 cups of flour, 2 packets of dry yeast, sugar, and the salt to a medium-size bowl.

When adding the water to the Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast mixture it’s important to get the temperature correct. To succeed in activating the yeast, use very warm water between the temperatures of 120°F-130°F by using a thermometer. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and if it is too cold the yeast will not activate.

Always check the expiration of yeast before using it in recipes because using expired yeast will cause the dough to not rise.

Add the corn oil in with the water and knead the dough to combine well. Add the remainder of the dough a small amount of time until it is well combined.

Knead the dough for a few minutes and then allow the dough to rest and rise for 10 minutes.

Preparing the Sicilian Pizza Sauce

To be efficient with time, make the sauce while waiting for the dough to rise. In the beginning stage of the rising period, it will be small.

Sicilian pizza dough rolled in a ball and being proofed.

Once the 10 minutes is up, the dough will be larger in size and ready to spread into the pizza pan. Before adding it to the pan, I like to knead it for another minute or two before spreading it out into the pizza pan.

Pizza dough after it has risen and before it has been spread out into a pizza shape.

Stretching the Sicilian Pizza Dough

This Sicilian Pizza dough is easy to stretch. I like to use a rolling pin to flatten it out a bit and then pick up one side of the dough and allow the dough to relax and stretch.

I then lay the dough down on the pizza pan and repeat the process with other sides.

Once it large enough to fit into the pan, pinch the edges to create the “crust” of the pizza. It’s also a great gauge for where to stop with sauce and toppings.

Pizza dough spread out into a rectangle on a pizza pan.

Make it Your Own

Make it a great family night by making topping this Silician Pizza your way! I like to use a mixture of shredded mozzarella cheese and freshly grated mozzarella to add texture.

The toppings are endless when it comes to pizza, so get creative, have fun, and let the family pick their own toppings.

Unbaked Sicilian pizza close-up with cheese, pepperoni, and peppers.

Quick & Easy Sicilian Pizza Toppings

During this time the homemade Sicilian pizza sauce will be done simmering. Carefully and evenly spread the sauce over the pizza crust, ensuring not to pour over the edges.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce, followed by the ground sausage, pepperonis, and sliced peppers.

Sprinkle additional mozzarella cheese on top of the toppings and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.

Sicilian Pizza cut into squares.

Baking with Yeast

The options are endless when baking homemade goods with Fleischmann’s® Yeast. From sweet to savory, the recipes here are a nice variety to choose from!

My Mocha Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls recipe is made using an easy beginner recipe using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast​ and has delicious flavors of chocolate and cappuccino.

Baked and uncut rectangular pizza.

Visit the website to find more quick and easy recipes using Fleishmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. Follow along on Facebook, on Instagram as @FleischmannsYeast, and Pinterest

Yield: 12 slices

Quick & Easy Sicilian Pizza

Quick & Easy Sicilian Pizza

Quick & Easy Sicilian Pizza has a thick crust, a sweet sauce, and is topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperoni's, ground sausage, and sliced red and green peppers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Sicilian Pizza Dough

  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 envelopes Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup very warm water*, + 5 tbsp
  • 6 tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • 28 oz whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp basil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup pepperonis
  • ¾ cup ground sausage, cooked, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°
  2. Combine 2 cups of the all-purpose flour, both packets of the Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, the sugar, and the salt into a medium-size bowl.
  3. Heat the water to 120°F-130°F by using a thermometer.
  4. Add the oil and the very warm water to the mix and combine well.
  5. Slowly add the remaining flour to the bowl and knead until it is slightly sticky.
  6. Allow the dough to sit for 10 minutes.

Sicilian Pizza Sauce

  1. In a medium-size skillet, melt the butter and add the garlic cloves, oregano, and basil.
  2. Allow to simmer for 1 minute and add the drained whole peeled tomatoes and the sugar.
  3. Stir and allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Pizza Crust

  1. Knead the pizza dough and use a rolling pin to flatten it.
  2. Pick up the dough on one side and allow the dough to naturally relax and stretch.
  3. Repeat with the remaining sides.
  4. Grease a 15" x 11" pizza pan (or similar size) and lay the pizza dough inside.
  5. Pinch the edges to create the "crust" of the pizza.
  6. Carefully spread the pizza sauce over the pizza dough, leaving at least 1/2 inch of all sides uncovered.
  7. Top with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  8. Layer with sliced peppers, sausage crumbles, and pepperonis.
  9. Top with remaining cheese.
  10. Bake on the lowest rack in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Until the crust is golden brown.
  11. Slice into 12 slices and serve hot.

Notes

*To succeed in activating the yeast, use very warm water between the temperatures of 120°F-130°F by using a thermometer. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and if it is too cold the yeast will not activate.

Always check the expiration of yeast before using it in recipes because using expired yeast will cause the dough to not rise.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 26.1gSaturated Fat: 11gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 838mgCarbohydrates: 40.3gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 3.7gProtein: 19.5g

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