Sheet Pan Pizza is an easy recipe for the best pizza that feeds a crowd!
Nothing is better than pizza with a homemade pizza crust! This Easy Sheet Pan uses a homemade pizza dough recipe so you get a soft and chewy pizza crust to make the best Sheet Pan Pizza!
The Pizza Dough
This Sheet Pan Pizza is made with homemade pizza dough! Don’t be intimidated by having to make your own pizza dough; it is so easy!
If you have made my Homemade Pizza then you know just how easy it is to make a delicious pizza with homemade dough.
I use my stand mixer with the dough hook to whip up the dough fast. You can do it by hand but it takes some effort!
In your mixing bowl, add your sugar, warm water (warm-slightly hot but not super hot) and then your yeast. I always use instant yeast or rapid rise yeast. It is a little bit easier to work with and a little bit more forgiving when it comes to the water temperature. Give the yeast a little stir to mix it with the warm water and sugar.
Let the yeast mixture rest for a few minutes until it gets foamy and bubbly. This means your yeast is working!
Next add your salt, garlic salt, olive oil (canola or vegetable oil works too) and your flour. Mix it all together until the dough pulls away from the mixing bowl. It should be slightly sticky but not stick to your fingers too much. If needed, add a little more flour if the dough is not pulling away from the bowl. See photos below.
The Sheet Pan
Did you know that a half sheet pan is actually a little different than a jelly roll pan? It seems like everyone says jelly roll pan and many times they mean a half sheet pan. There is actually a bit of a difference. The jelly roll pan is typically a sheet pan or baking sheet that is rimmed and measures about 10×15 inches. While a half sheet pan (what I always use- I don’t even own a jelly roll pan) is rimmed and measures about 13×18 inches.
So will this make a difference in your baking? The pan sizes may not seem like a huge difference but when baking cakes or cookie bars, it can effect your final product. The baking time may need adjusted in a smaller jelly roll pan. If using a jelly roll pan when it asks for a half sheet pan, means you could end up with a thicker, cake that make not bake completely if you use a jelly roll pan that is smaller. So double check your pan! This recipe, as well as my others use a half sheet pan.
This is the half sheet pan I use:
The Pizza Crust
After your have made the dough, you will need to prepare your sheet pan. Spray your half sheet pan with cooking spray or grease it with oil. Then lightly sprinkle cornmeal on the sheet pan. The cornmeal is optional. I love the crunch it gives the crust.
I LOVE using the cooking spray with flour when I bake! I am not getting paid to promote this product-I just love it!
Next, take your pizza dough and press it into the sheet pan and half way up the sides of your sheet pan.
Cover the sheet pan with a clean kitchen towel and let the pizza dough raise for 30 minutes. It will raise and puff up in the sheet pan and around the edges.
After the dough has raised, take you hands (make sure they are clean) and press the pizza dough back down on the bottom of the pan. Take a fork and poke some holes all over the bottom of the crust. This will help make sure the crust doesn’t bubble up during baking (it still may happen but this will hopefully help!).
The Pizza Toppings
Homemade Pizza Sauce is always better than anything store bought, and you can try my recipe by clicking HERE! If you don’t have time, or if you don’t want to bother making your own sauce you will need a jar of your favorite pizza sauce. Either works great and will be delicious! Just spread the pizza sauce on the pizza crust, using as much or as little as you like.
Next add some shredded mozzarella cheese.
Last, add your favorite toppings. We tend to keep it simple so there are no complaints and just stick to pepperoni. The great thing about Sheet Pan Pizza is you can customize your pizza for everyone! Split it in half or in quarters and everyone can get what they like on the pizza!
Baking Sheet Pan Pizza
Move your top oven rack down one below the middle. You do not have to do this, but I have found the crust bakes just a little bit better if it’s a bit lower in the oven.
Your Easy Sheet Pan Pizza will bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted and done to your liking.
Serving Sheet Pan Pizza
After your pizza has baked, let it rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving! I usually get about 20 slices of pizza from my sheet pan pizza.
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Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp instant yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tsp olive oil, canola or vegetable oil work too
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- cornmeal for sprinkling on the baking sheet after greasing the sheet pan (optional)
- 1 jar (14 oz.) pizza sauce or 1 recipe Homemade Pizza Sauce (see notes for link for recipe)
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- pepperoni, or toppings of your choice
- Preheat your oven to 450° Fahrenheit . Grease your half sheet pan and lightly sprinkle with cornmeal. (Cornmeal is optional).Move your oven rack to one lower than the middle for baking.
- In a stand mixer, using the dough hook, add your sugar, warm water and yeast. Give it a little stir so the yeast mixes in with the water and sugar. Let the yeast mixture rest for a few minutes until it becomes foamy and bubbly.
- Add in your olive oil, salt and garlic salt to the mixing bowl with the yeast mixture.
- Next, add your flour, starting with 3 cups and mixing it in. Add more as a needed up to 3 1/2 cups of flour. The pizza dough should be slightly sticky but should pull away from the mixing bowl as it mixes.
- After, you have enough flour mixed in, let the dough mix on medium speed for a few minutes to knead the dough until it is pretty smooth and soft.
- Once your dough is soft and smooth, press it in to the bottom of your greased sheet pan. It may seem like it won't stretch out enough, but it will. Press it half way up the sides of the sheet pan. Cover the sheet pan with a clean kitchen towel and let it raise for 30 minutes.*If you have not preheated your oven, do it now! Move your oven rack to one lower than the middle for baking.
- After the dough has raised, press the dough down in to the bottom of the pan. Using a fork, poke holes in the bottom of the crust.
- Next, spread your pizza sauce on the crust. And then sprinkle your shredded mozzarella cheese and top with your favorite toppings.
- Bake your sheet pan pizza on one rack lower than the middle for 20-25 minutes or until it is done to your liking.
- Let the pizza rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving!