***RECIPE UPDATED JANUARY 2020 for an easier recipe to follow!***
The Best Homemade Pizza is easy to make and better than takeout! You will love the delicious homemade crust, homemade pizza sauce and toppings of your choice!
With 3 boys to feed, busy schedules with sports and everything else life throws at us, we eat pizza a lot! A lot -a lot! It’s fast and easy and everyone loves it…and while I love just grabbing it from our favorite pizza place it’s just so yummy and easy to make at home if we have the time! (And I can avoid the inevitable argument over which pizza place to order it from- the boys never can agree on which place and one will always get mad it’s not their favorite pizza-sometimes I just can’t win)! This homemade pizza is easy, yummy, cheaper than a pizza place, and can be made into smaller personal pizzas (my boys love making their own-and there’s no fighting over having to pick where to order it from) and it’s easy to customize to everyone’s likes!!! Win! (Try it using my Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce!)
How Much Pizza Will This Make?
This pizza dough will make 2-3 large pizzas or about 6-8 smaller personal pizzas! It all depends on how thin you roll the crust… you may get more or less. I roll mine pretty thin and can get 3 large pizzas or 8-10 smaller pizzas depending on how I’ve rolled them out.
I like mine thinner and 2 of my boys like them thicker. The good new is that if you don’t use all of your dough you can freeze it for the next time. Then just take it out in the morning when you are wanting to use it and it will be ready to bake for dinner. We never eat 3 large pizzas, so I make 2 large then freeze the last bit of dough for personal pizzas later (or 1 large)!
You will heat your pizza stone or a baking sheet turned upside down in a 500 degree oven. (Let the stone or pan heat for a good 30 minutes- this will help the crust bake so much better). Make your pizza dough, then divide it into 3 parts or smaller parts for personal pizzas.
Rolling out your pizza
I always roll out my pizza with a bit of flour and cornmeal on my counter than use a pizza peel to get it in the oven. You can use parchment paper also, I have done both and both are pretty easy! Read below for a little more about each! (See below for the rolling pin I love! It is cheap and works great and the tapered shape of the rolling pin helps rolling things out evenly).
When rolling out your crust, use a little bit of flour as needed so your rolling pin doesn’t stick to the dough. I love to use cornmeal sprinkled on the pizza peel and counter when rolling it out to easily move the pizza from the counter to the oven! The cornmeal adds a bit of a crunch but it also makes the pizza transfer from pizza peel to pizza stone so much easier, and makes taking it out of the oven so simple also! The cornmeal will help the pizza slide on and off the pizza peel easier! When you are trying to get it on the pizza peel and into the oven if it’s not sliding easy, then add more cornmeal under the pizza (just a lift a side at a time and sprinkle more under it until it moves easier).
Pizza Peels or Parchment Paper
Pizza Peels! There are so many pizza peels out there! I got mine on Amazon and the one I have is super simple but does the job! You need one that is on the thinner side. Sometimes the wooden ones are a bit thicker and I have a harder time sliding the pizza off the peel without the pizza folding while sliding. The thinner the peel the better! A sturdy thin cutting board works great too! Below you can see the pizza peel I have and love! It is easy to use and the pizza slides on and off of it (with cornmeal) with ease!
You can also roll out and cook your pizza on parchment paper! You can see this in the picture below! The crust won’t turn out as crispy but if you don’t have a peel or are worried about transferring the pizza in and out of the oven then use parchment paper! You will just take the parchment paper with the pizza on it and put it in the oven and then slide the pizza with the parchment paper on it onto a cutting board or baking sheet to get it out of the oven! Easy Peasy!
No matter what you use to roll out your pizza make sure to use cornmeal!
Top with your favorite toppings! We love my fast and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce, pepperoni, sausage, and of course cheese. I love homemade pizza because it’s so easy to customize! You can add whatever you like! After you have your toppings on it, slide your pizza on to the pizza peel (make sure it is sprinkled with cornmeal, and make sure when you are rolling it out it is rolled out on cornmeal- trust me the pizza will transfer on and off the pizza peel so much easier!). Slide the pizza on to the pizza stone/baking sheet.
*If you decide to use parchment paper just life the parchment paper with the pizza on it and place it on the pizza stone/baking sheet. Then when it is done slide the parchment paper with the pizza on it, on to a cutting board or baking sheet to remove it from the oven!
Baking the Best Homemade Pizza
Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes or until it’s done to your liking. Using the pizza peel, slide the pizza off of the stone/baking sheet and on to a cutting board. Cut your pizza into slices and enjoy!!
Repeat with remaining pizza dough until all of your pizzas are baked. I roll out my other dough while my first pizza is baking, and keep on baking them!
Hope you enjoy!
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The Best Homemade Pizza
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tbsp Instant yeast (rapid rise)
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp olive oil *canola or vegetable oil work too
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 3- 3 1/2 cups flour
- cornmeal for rolling out, optional see notes
- Pizza Sauce (my recipe, or store bought) see recipe below
- Shredded Mozerella or Shredded Pizza Blend Cheese
- Parchment Paper, for rolling out and baking your pizza see notes
- Candian Bacon
- Ground beef
- Onions, chopped
- Green Peppers, chopped
- Mushrooms, sliced
- any other toppings you like
- Place your pizza stone, or a baking sheet turned upside down in the oven. Heat your oven at 500° and let your pizza stone or baking sheet heat for at least 30 minutes.
- For The Dough: Add your water, sugar and yeast to your mixing bowl and let it sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Then add in your oil, salt and garlic salt and slowly start adding your flour while it is mixing. Add your flour just until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl and is slightly sticky to touch. (You can always add a dusting of flour for rolling it out if it is too sticky). Let your dough knead in the mixer for 3-5 minutes or until dough is smooth.
- Divide the prepared dough into the desired amount of pizzas. The dough usually can make 3 thinner, large crust pizzas, or somewhere around 8-10 smaller personal pizzas (depending on how big/thick you roll them out). Pay attention to the size of your pizza stone or upside down baking sheet and make sure you do not roll your pizza crust bigger than the surface for baking!
- Sprinkle your counter with some flour and start rolling our your pizza. Then sprinkle some cornmeal on your surface and finish rolling out the dough on the cornmeal so the bottom of the crust has cornmeal on it. (This will help it move easier for getting it in and out of the oven.)
- Spread pizza sauce and put cheese and desired toppings on your pizza! (see below for my pizza sauce recipe).
- Sprinkle your pizza peel with cornmeal. Slide your pizza peel under the pizza so the pizza is on the peel. If you are having a hard time getting the pizza on the peel, add more cornmeal under the pizza (gently lift the pizza a side at a time and sprinkle some under each side). The cornmeal will help the pizza slide on and off the pizza peel easier. Then using the pizza peel, slide the pizza into the oven on to your pizza stone (or baking sheet turned upside down).
- Let your pizza bake for 10-12 minutes or until the pizza is done to your liking. When your pizza is done, use the pizza peel to slide the pizza off of the stone/baking sheet and then take the pizza out of the oven and place on a cutting board! Cut your pizza in slices and enjoy!
- **If you are worried about moving the pizza to and from the oven you can use parchment paper, the crust just won't be as crispy! Just roll out your pizza on parchment paper, just like the recipe states above. Then transfer the pizza on the parchment paper in to the oven and place the parchment paper with the pizza on it on the pizza stone or baking sheet for baking. After the pizza is done, lift the parchment paper with the pizza on it out of the oven and enjoy!
Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
- 6 oz. water (just use the tomato paste can)
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (the bottled kind works great, and is what I prefer for this sauce)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp white sugar
- 1/8 tsp ground oregano
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes-optional
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
- Spread on your pizza crust, or use as a dip for pretzels or breadsticks.