Master Chef Award-Winning Pizza Recipe

Original Recipe by @AnnaRossiOfficial


"Mom's 35 Minute Pizza Dough"

Basic Pizza Dough (makes 4 – 5, 10” pizzas)


  • 4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour (I like King Arthur’s)
  • 1 Tbs rapid-rise dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt (table salt is fine or a fine salt dissolves faster)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup hot water, (imagine the temperature of hot tea)
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil


  • Gently blend all dry ingredients together in mixing bowl of Kitchen Aide using the dough hook attachment.
  • In a 2 cup liquid measuring cup, combine 1 1/4 cup hot water with 1/2 cup olive oil.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly pour the water/oil mixture down the side of the mixing bowl.
  • Blend until dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and begins to form a ball.  Add oil, not water, if more liquid is needed.  I like to let the hook help me knead for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Take a ball of dough and knead a few times by hand on the counter surface and then re-shape it into a ball.
  • Put some oil in the mixing bowl and put the ball of dough in the bowl.  Turn the dough a few times and flip it over so that the whole thing is completely covered with oil.
  • Cover the bowl with a cotton towel and let rise in a warm location for approx. 30 minutes while preparing your toppings.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F
  • Drizzle olive oil down on a clean, smooth counter surface and roll the dough out as thin as possible (think 1/8″ish)
  • Pre-bake for about 5 minutes, flipping once and puncturing air pockets that get out of control- unless you want pocket bread.
  • Add toppings (remember: less is better than more for a thin crispy crust)
  • Final bake-off should take less than 5 minutes
  • This recipe can also be successfully divided in half!


Makes 1x 10″ pizza

  • 2-3 dozen littleneck clams, raw, shucked
  • 3 Tbs EVOO
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs equal parts fresh oregano, thyme, parsley minced
  • 2 Tbs Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon, 2 Tbs EVOO for garnish


  • Prepare "Mom's 35 Minute Pizza Dough"
  • Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500F
  • Shuck clams, rinse shell thoroughly before you open.  Reserve clam meat and juice in a bowl.  Use kitchen shears to coarsely chop meat.  I like pieces to be about the size of a nickel.
  • Combine olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest in a small pot.  Bring to a soft simmer and immediately shut off and remove from heat.
  • Flash bake 10″ dough for 3-4 minutes, and flip once for the remaining minute.
  • Baste flash-baked dough with garlic and lemon zest-infused olive oil
  • Generously top with juicy chopped clam meat (you will have a lot of juice left over, save for another recipe)
  • Sprinkle with oregano and Parmigiano
  • Bake approx 2-3 minutes, until the cheese has slightly melted and edges begin to softly brown.  Do not over-cook as clams will become dry and chewy.
  • Pull from the oven, garnish with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and drizzle lightly with EVOO.
  • Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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