Margherita Pizza with Homemade Sauce


imageFriday Night Pizza Night with T.W.O. – yes its already that time again! This week, we are featuring a margherita pizza with home sauce. Don’t be intimidated – it’s a beginner’s recipe that tastes like a million dollars! Enjoy your pizza making!

Margherita Pizza with Homemade Sauce


– 1 pizza dough
– 1 can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
– 2-3 cups fresh mozzarella, sliced
– 8 leaves basil
– 3 cloves garlic, diced
– 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
– 2 teaspoons garlic powder
– 2 teaspoons cornstarch
– Salt
– Pepper
– Flour
– Cornmeal


  1. Preheat oven to 415°.
  2. Roll out pizza dough on a floured/cornmeal surface. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Pour the tomatoes in a bowl. Chop up the whole tomatoes into quarters.
  4. Add to a heated skillet lined with olive oil. Sprinkle in garlic powder, salt and pepper. Slowly add cornstarch after the sauce has reached a bowl. Reduce heat and stir consistently. The sauce should thicken. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the sauce to the top of the pizza dough. Top with garlic cloves. Place the sliced mozzarella on top of the garlic along with the fresh basil.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the pizza sit for 2-4 minutes. Cut and serve.

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Cheers to another great Friday Night Pizza Night!

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Mushroom & Basil Quinoa


Need a fast and easy side dish – T.W.O. has you covered with this mushroom and basil quinoa recipe. It’s light, flavorful and fresh. If you are a mushroom lover, you will love this recipe!

Mushroom & Basil Quinoa

– 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
– 1 cup quinoa
– 1 shallot, chopped
– ¾ cup fresh basil, chopped
– 1/4 cup manchego, shaved
– 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
– 3 garlic cloves, diced
– 2 teaspoons garlic powder
– ¼ cup lemon juice
– Salt
– Pepper
– Olive Oil


  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a bowl. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, sauté mushrooms, cloves, shallot in olive oil. Add fresh salt and pepper. Cook for about 8-10 minutes.
  3. When the quinoa is done, place in a bowl and mix mushrooms in. Add lemon juice, basil, manchego, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Plate and serve hot.

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Happy Cooking!

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