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Let’s be real: 99% of what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do is unattainable for the rest of us.

I mean, we didn’t sit in radioactive waste. How could we ever compete? And those nunchuck skills? It’s tough to compete with such a level of awesome.

But there is a way. Just one, but there is a way.


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles love pizza. We love pizza. And you and I have the power to make pizza that tastes better than 95% of what you or Michelangelo, Donatello and the gang could order for takeout.

The great thing about this tubular recipe is if you do just a little thinking ahead, this can be a super easy weeknight dinner that will put food on your table in less than 30 minutes.

First, make your pizza dough a day or two ahead, and leave it in the fridge. I posted this recipe last week, and putting this dough together literally takes five minutes or less. If you make the dough on the same day, you’ll need a couple of hours to let the dough rise.

Next, figure out what you want to put on this pizza. If you just want vegetables, I’d saute them in a little bit of olive oil before you bake them on the pizza. Most vegetables won’t cook completely in the 12-15 minutes this pizza takes to cook. Chicken definitely would not.

Last week, I put together a tomato, mozzarella, and garlic pizza; those ingredients needed no prior prep except for cutting. Then I tried a BBQ chicken pizza last week when we had company last week. For that one, I cooked the chicken breasts a day ahead of time and then stored them in the refrigerator.

When you are ready to make your pizza, preheat your oven to 500 degrees.

Spread a tablespoon or two of olive oil on a baking sheet.

Do your best pizzeria imitation and work the dough out so it becomes a thin layer. I just pull gently on the edges and let gravity do its thing. Throw in the air if you must, but you know, make sure you catch it. Sing Italian songs if you want.

Once the dough spreads out enough for you, place it on the baking sheet and sprinkle a touch of salt on top.

Next, throw your cheese and other ingredients on the pizza. And do it well. You are making pizza, after all. It’s serious!

(It’s not really. Just get those toppings on there).

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

You have pizza! And you have chewy, bubbly, soul-satisfying, straight-from-the-oven pizza.

The best part of this? You are only limited by your creativity. Or, what is in your pantry/refrigerator that day.

Also important: it passes the cold pizza test. It’s delicious out of the refrigerator the next day.

Give this a try when you get a chance. Michelangelo would approve.