Pizza Dough & Sauce as seen on CTV Morning Live

Make you own healthy pizza recipe at home with this fool proof dough and sauce recipe.  Need a gluten free recipe?  Don’t worry, we have you covered too (see recipes and Ellen’s Pizza Story below)!

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There are also 5 weekly draws for a personal pizza making kit to be won.

Simply visit The Great Pizza Dough Contest Page, fill in your info and submit.  You can even share the contest info with your friends for additional entries.

pizza dough & tomato sauce | www.blogl.canolarecipes.caPizza Dough and Sauce Recipe

Pizza Dough


1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (125 mL)
1 1/2 – 2 cup all-purpose flour (375-500 mL)
2 Tbsp wheat germ (30mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
1 package (7g) quick rising instant yeast (1 )
1 cup hot water (250 mL)
1 Tbsp canola oil (15 mL)


In a large bowl, mix whole-wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose flour, wheat germ, salt and yeast. Stir in hot water and canola oil. Gradually stir in enough of remaining all-purpose flour to make a soft dough.

Knead on lightly-floured surface until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes before rolling out.

Chef’s Tip:

The dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator for eight hours or in the freezer for one month.

Quick Pizza Sauce


2 Tbsp canola oil (25 mL)
1 small onion, diced (1 )
3 cloves garlic, minced (3 )
3-4 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or 2 Tbsp each of fresh oregano and basil (45-50 mL)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (1 mL)
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes (1 can)
1/2-1 tsp sugar (optional – will reduce the acidity of tomatoes) (2-5 mL)


In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add canola oil. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, pepper and crushed tomatoes. Simmer sauce for 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Tip: The maximum amount of sodium Canadians should consume per day is 2300 mg. Make your pizza heart healthy by using sodium-reduced sauce and include toppings such as red peppers, onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted chicken, broccoli and spinach.

Gluten free flours | Free Pizza Dough


2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour (500 mL)
1 tsp granulated sugar (5 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
2 tsp xanthan gum (10 mL)
2 tsp instant rise yeast (10 mL)
2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL)
3/4 cups warm water (175 mL)


1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). In bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, xanthan gum and yeast. Add canola oil and water. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl when necessary, for about 4 – 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and thick. Adjust with more flour or water as necessary. (The mixture should form a slightly sticky ball.)

2. Spray a 15 inch (38 cm) pizza pan with canola oil. Rub hands with canola oil. Pat and stretch the dough to fit the pan. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 20 minutes.

3. Bake for 10 minutes.

4. Add toppings and broil pizza 4 inches (10 cm) from the heat until cheese bubbles and crust is golden brown.

Ellen’s Pizza Story

Party in the Kitchen

Kids Eating Together |

Some might think that it is all fun and games when you hang out with me and most times it is.   I want my friends and family to have an experience and dinner is no exception.   Many times there is a ‘party in my kitchen’  or I like to cleverly disguise it as fun learning taking place.

It all starts with my passions.   I love to cook, entertain and share my love of great recipes.  This Homemade Pizza Dough recipe is one that I love to share.  I have made it on Great Tastes of Manitoba with Ace Burpee, on CTV Morning Live with Kris and I often disguise it as a kitchen party.

Making pizza has been used as one of the fun activities at my kid’s birthday parties. The invited children roll out the dough, add sauce then toppings and I put them (labeled) in the oven.

We take the pizza dough recipe camping with friends and I have even given my neighbors my frozen dough from the freezer to share a quick dinner meal idea.  When it’s a great recipe, I love to share it.

When you have a ‘party in the kitchen’ (for adults or kids) it’s all about being organized and making sure that there is flow.

Here are my Pizza Party tips:

  1. Preheat the oven or have the grill ready.
  2. Have the homemade pizza dough made and ready to go.  Make sure there are extra rolling pins, flour to roll out your individual pizza and extra pans.  Line them with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  3. Keep the sauce warm in the sauté pan on the stove.  Ladle ready to go.
  4. Prep all your toppings.  Cut the peppers into strips, use red, green, yellow and orange.  Make sure the brown and white mushrooms are sliced and ready to be added.  Or try roasted mixed vegetables, either on the grill or in the oven.  They add a wonderful smoky, intense flavour.  Oh, the roasted tomatoes make a great topping too.  Thanks Chef Feeke for sharing that recipe.
  5. Experiment with olives, roasted peppers, fruit, caramelized onions, figs, shrimp, pesto.  But don’t go crazy. Think of flavor combinations when creating your unique pizza.
  6. Try different cheeses.  Of course traditional mozzarella is wonderful but why not goat feta from Oak Island Dairy made in Minto, MB?  Or one of the many different Bothwell cheese flavours.  I have not tried the Truffle cheese on a pizza, that might be good.
  7. And have fun! It makes me smile when you bring adults and kids into the kitchen to learn, cook, enjoy and taste.  It’s always the best conversations and at my house it’s always a ‘party in the kitchen’.

Eat Well…Ellen


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