I don't remember where I copied this recipe from. When I first got married I was a recipe collector, clipping and copying everything that looked good. I'm glad I copied this one! You can make it your own by adding your favorite meats or veggies, even your own pizza sauce even though one is included. The whole family loves it. It is a little work with making your own crust but worth every minute of it!
1First thing make your pizza dough. Sprinkle the yeast in the warm water, let it stand until dissolved. Add the 2 Tbs. of oil, salt and half of the flour, beating well. Gradually add the rest of the flour to form a soft dough.
2Turn out on a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Turn dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
3Meanwhile make the tomato sauce. Combine the tomatoes, tomato paste,the garlic and the oil in a sauce pan. Simmer until thick, about 20 minutes. Stirring often. Add herbs to your taste. Oregano, Basil, Parsley,or Italian seasoning. Set aside to cool while the dough is rising.
4When the dough has risen punch it down and turn it on a floured board or counter. Divide into two balls, one larger than the other one. Roll the larger ball to fit into a 12" pizza pan 1" deep. Leave a slight over hang.
5Spread the bottom with mozzarella, top with half the muchrooms and green pepper. At this point you can add extra ingredients. I added chopped, cooked bacon bits. Chopped, stemmed spinach is good! Add the 2 cloves of garlic if you want, minced. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
6Roll out the other ball of dough. Fold the edges over with the bottom crust and pinch to make a standing rim. Bake near the bottom of a preheated 450 degree oven for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and add tomato sauce, remaining mushrooms and green peppers. At this point I added large pepperoni and more bacon bits, plus I sprinkled mozzarella on top (I didn't add the whole amount to the middle). Sprinkle with seasonings if desired.
7Return to the oven and bake at 400 degrees about 25 minutes until pizza is golden brown and set. If the edges brown too fast cover with foil. Remove from the oven and let set 10 minutes before cutting.