It's Feb. 9, which means it's National Pizza Day.
It's one of the United States' most beloved foods, as nearly 15% of people in the U.S. eat pizza on any given day.
Below are four ways to celebrate from the comfort of your own home (though, feel free to buy from your local favorite pizzeria, too).
Make pizza dough at home
If you want to try your hand at making pizza dough, food writer Kim O'Donnel's recipe is a beginner-friendly way to start.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast, or 2 ¼ teaspoons from a jar
- Pinch of sugar
- About 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cornmeal, for dusting pans
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
For complete directions on how to make your own pizza dough, click on the link below.
Make basil pesto
While pizzas are traditionally made with a tomato-based sauce, basil pesto could also make for a great sauce foundation.
Here's what you need:
- 2 heaping cups basil leaves
- 1/4 cup walnuts, almonds or pine nuts
- 1 or 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Optional: 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
For the full directions, click the link below.
Make a calzone
While making this pizza shop classic from scratch may sound intimidating, food writer Kim O'Donnel adapted her pizza dough recipe to stand up in calzone form.
Her calzone is made with a broccoli rabe filling, complete with ricotta cheese and red pepper flakes.
Click below for the full recipe and directions on how to make a homemade calzone.
Read about a pizza business
A pop-up pizza business out the back of a pickup truck? While it may sound strange, it's actually the concept of Pizza Tent, a small pop-up that cranks out pizzas as fast as owner Corey Kuchinsky can make them.
Here's how it works.
Read more about Kuchinsky and his endeavor below.