Remember those perfect summer days in childhood? You’d spend all afternoon at the pool, meander to a pizza party and movie night. Well, Alexian Pâté is here to say that those days don’t need to end in adulthood! Whether you’re craving some easy homemade pizza, or you’re up to the challenge of doing it all from scratch, here’s how to make delicious – and slightly elevated – pizza. During the height of tomato season, no less!

Make the Dough

Easy mode: pick up some pre-made dough from your local co-op.

The challenge: grab your chef’s hat and trust the recipe! Begin with flour, oil, water, salt, and yeast, then add garlic, dried basil, or oregano as desired. Mix until the dough is bouncy and consistent, then whip out a rolling pin or practice your twirl

Make the Sauce

Easy mode: just use a jar of your favorite store-bought red sauce.

The challenge: crush some tomatoes with caramelized onion, garlic, red pepper, and basil strips, then heat and season accordingly.

Select Your Cheese

Easy mode: grate a few cheese blocks to achieve your personal cheese mix. You can’t go wrong with mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, gouda, ricotta, gruyère, or fontina.

The challenge: it’s hard to overcomplicate cheese. If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, maybe… make your own

Add Toppings

Easy mode: slice up some mushrooms and call it a day.

The challenge: indulge your inner gourmand! Get creative with toppings such as briny olives, sun dried tomatoes, anchovies, and yellow peppers. Then, crumble your favorite pâté as a delightful alternative to sausages or pepperoni. Our favorite options for pizza are Wild Forest Mushroom, and Pheasant Rosemary.

When your perfect pie is assembled, bake at 425F for at least 15 minutes, adding more time as needed. Save some pâté crumbles as a post-bake topping for optimal juiciness in every bite.