Better than delivery…every time! Here are the best homemade pizza recipes: top-rated pizza dough, fan-favorite pizza sauce, and topping ideas galore.
Our honeymoon to Italy changed the way we thought about pizza. Alex and I realized that artisan pizza recipes can be incredible, healthy, and simple to make at home. All you need is a great pizza sauce, minimal toppings, and a few specialized tools. Oh and most importantly, you need a great pizza dough. After all these years, we can guarantee: ours are some of the best pizza recipes you’ll find. Ready to get started? Here are our master recipes, pizza gear, and the top pizza recipes to make at home.
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The most classic of our pizza recipes: The Margherita! This is the best margherita pizza recipe out there, based on our visits to Italy and years of research! It features our ultimate 5-minute pizza sauce, gooey mozzarella, fresh basil, and of course--a perfectly chewy pizza crust. Scroll down for the recipe!
Craving a classic cheese pizza? Why order pizza when you can make a pizza recipe that's healthier--and yummier--at home? This homemade cheese pizza recipe is like your favorite delivery pizza, but infinitely tastier.
This pizza recipe is so bursting with flavor, you'd never know it's healthy! It starts with our Easy Thin Crust pizza dough. Then it's slathered with our tangy, garlicky Easy Pizza Sauce. Top that with caramelized peppers and onions, fresh arugula, and a handful of grated Parmesan cheese. It's SO flavorful and turns out with only ⅓ the calories of a typical delivery pizza!
Here’s your soul mate pizza: White Pizza, aka Pizza Bianca! This recipe uses ricotta cheese to make a creamy white sauce to spread on the crust; its seasoned with a little salt and garlic for good measure! Then it’s topped with stretchy mozzarella and savory Parmesan cheese. Move over, pizza sauce. This white pizza will give you a run for your money.
Calling all lovers of thick, pillowy pizza crust! This epic homemade pan pizza tastes just like the thick crust pizza from your favorite pizzeria. The smell wafting from the oven is enough to make you visibly drool. Cooking in a cast iron skillet makes the crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside: and the cheese goes all the way to the edges. These supreme-style toppings with gooey cheese and garlicky tomato sauce…well, it’s true perfection.
Want to make pizza that feeds a crowd? Let’s make Sheet Pan Pizza! This style of pizza is a bit different than the standard circular variety. It makes a big pan the equivalent of 3 medium pizzas, and it’s so easy to make! You don’t need any special equipment, and you don’t have to bother with shaping the dough.
Here's everything that’s incredible about basil made into a pizza topping. That’s right: Everything Basil Pizza! (Get it? Sounds a lot like…this?) Garlicky, thick homemade basil pesto is slathered onto our perfect pizza dough, and it’s topped with gooey mozzarella and a huge handful of fresh basil leaves. Here’s how to make the brightest green, tastiest basil pizza you’ll ever make.
Here’s a new style of pizza to add to your repertoire: focaccia pizza! This pizza is built on homemade focaccia bread: massively thick, pillowy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. It makes a massive sheet pan, the equivalent of three pizzas. Oh, and it will make your entire house smell like a pizzeria.
Shrimp on a pizza isn’t what might first jump to mind. But let us tell you: it’s a must try! The garlicky, buttery shrimp against creamy ricotta cheese is one of the best pizza topping combinations we’ve had in a while. It’s so satisfying, you’ll be hooked. It’s like shrimp alfredo on a pizza crust instead of noodles…which is just as good as it sounds.
Pizza without cheese? Yes. And it's just as tasty! This is truly the BEST homemade vegan pizza recipe, with veggie pizza toppings so savory you won’t miss the dairy: like mushrooms, garlic, artichokes, and bell peppers. Top it off with our flavor-popping pizza sauce. And if you're feeling fancy, add a few shakes of Vegan Parmesan.
This spinach pizza has the power to change the minds of spinach haters everywhere! Yes, this pizza is all about garlicky, savory flavor! Ricotta makes for a creamy base, and mozzarella and Parmesan add stretchy texture and savory flavor. Top it off with herby spinach and it’s a crowd-pleaser that everyone will love (especially with Italian salad).
Pizza for breakfast? You bet. This breakfast pizza is loaded with crunchy veggies, our easy pizza sauce, and topped with crumbles of scrambled eggs. And the secret ingredient? A sprinkle of fennel seeds evokes the flavor of breakfast sausage.
Anchovies on pizza? It’s a classic flavor combination that’s seriously good! Here’s how to make an Italian style anchovy pizza: this one is topped with fresh mozzarella, thin red onions, and Kalamata olives.
Mexican pizza is the perfect recipe for when you can’t decide between Italian and Mexican! This pizza recipe features a sauce of creamy refried beans, Monterrey jack cheese, spicy jalapeños and red onion, and sweet corn. Oh, and fresh cilantro with some sour cream dollops.
Here’s a dreamy, creamy pizza that is an absolute must-make:Ricotta Pizza! This three cheese blend knocks it out of the park: creamy ricotta cheese, stretchy mozzarella and salty Parmesan. Then top it off with tangy artichokes, fresh basil and a honey drizzle. The intense savory with the sweet of the honey and the peppery herbs make it out of this world good!
This Mediterranean pizza recipe is a serious crowd pleaser, starring mozzarella and feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil. It’s a celebration of bright Mediterranean flavors, reminding us of our travels in Greece and Italy.
This white egg pizza with pecorino and scallions is one of the most delicious vegetarian pizza recipes you’ll find! Modeled after a traditional Roman pizza, the runny yolk acts as a sauce that covers the pizza in savory goodness.
This aluminum one is great. Our favorite pizza peel is this conveyor pizza peel, which makes it super easy to transfer to the pizza to a pizza stone. It’s a little more expensive but worth it if you’re into homemade pizza.
Oh man. It might be our favorite homemade pizza recipe. Margherita pizza showcases the colors of the Italian flag: red from the tomato sauce, white from the mozzarella, and green from the basil. It’s allegedly named after Queen Margherita, an Italian queen in the 1800’s.
What is the best pizza oven?
The best pizza oven we’ve found for homemade pizza recipes is the Uuni pizza oven (also called Ooni). It’s an outdoor pizza oven that uses wood pellets as fuel. The Uuni heats up to 900 degrees in just 10 to 15 minutes! This is huge because most wood fired ovens take hours to preheat. It’s also portable and inexpensive.
Do I need a pizza oven?
Nope, there’s no need for a pizza oven! We have one because we are obsessed with making the best homemade pizza. But you can make really, really great pizza in your home oven using a pizza stone.
Great question! When we don’t have time to make pizza, we make pizza using naan bread, flatbread, or pita bread! Here are some of our favorite recipes: Naan Pizza Flatbread Pizza Pita Pizza
How long to cook pizza?
A homemade pizza recipe cooks very quickly: just 5 to 7 minutes in the oven or 1 minute in a pizza oven!
What temperature to cook pizza?
Cook pizza at the highest temperature you can. That’s 500°F to 550°F in a standard oven and about 900°F in a pizza oven.
How to clean a pizza stone?
You shouldn’t need to clean your pizza stone: a seasoned stone is a good thing! If you do want to clean it, use a blunt object like a spatula or plastic scraper to scrape off any burned pieces of food. If necessary, wipe it down with a damp cloth. Let your stone dry completely before using it again. Never use soap or oil or submerge it in water: this can cause it to crack.
Prepare the cheese: If using fresh mozzarella cheese, slice it into ¼ inch thick pieces (see the photos of the pre-baked pizza above). If it’s incredibly watery fresh mozzarella (all brands vary), you may want to let it sit on a paper towel to remove moisture for about 15 minutes then dab the mozzarella with the paper towel to remove any additional moisture.
Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see this video for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough, using about ¼ to ⅓ cup. Add the mozzarella cheese. Top with a thin layer of fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a few pinches of kosher salt.
Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven).
Allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before adding the basil on top (whole leaves, lightly torn, or thinly sliced). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.