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.
“I made your perfect pizza dough and perfect pizza sauce recipes. It was the most magical Friday night ever! People have been asking me for your recipes like crazy.” -Angela
And now…the best homemade pizza recipes!
Master recipes: pizza dough & pizza sauce
A great pizza needs a stellar pizza dough and a tangy, tomato-centric pizza sauce. We’ve got you covered with both. Here are our master recipes:
- Sauce: Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe
- Best Dough: How to Make Pizza Dough
- Thin Crust: Easy Thin Crust Pizza Dough
- Food Processor: Quick Pizza Dough in a Food Processor
Pizza gear you need
In order to become a true pizza master, you’ll need a few tools! Here are our recommendations:
- Best Pizza Stone: A pizza stone is essential for a crust that’s crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Here’s why it’s the best pizza stone (and, some care tips).
- Aluminum Pizza Peel or Super Pizza Peel: A pizza peel is used to safely remove your pizza from the hot pizza stone. The extra investment for the super pizza peel is worth it.
- Tipo 00 Flour: This is the Italian-style flour that we use for our pizza dough: it makes for the fluffiest dough with the best texture.
- Ooni Pizza Oven: Only for the truly pizza-obsessed! This portable pizza oven heats up to 1000 degrees in 10 minutes. Here’s why it’s the best pizza oven.
What to serve with pizza?
Once you’ve made it, how are you going to serve it? Check out our 10 Best Sides to Go with Pizza. It includes specific pairings for some of the pizza recipes above!
Are you a pizza beginner? Head to Homemade Pizza for Beginners.
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.
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.
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.
We have a great pizza sauce that we use for lots of our homemade pizza recipes. Here it is: 5 Minute Easy Pizza Sauce
Easy. Make calzones!
Yes, you can! Here’s How to Make Pizza Dough, with instructions for using a stand mixer.
Yes! Here’s our recipe for Quick Pizza Dough in a Food Processor.
A homemade pizza recipe cooks very quickly: just 5 to 7 minutes in the oven or 1 minute in a pizza oven!
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.
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.
For more: How to Clean a Pizza Stone
Here’s how to make a classic Italian homemade pizza recipe, with a tangy pizza sauce, gooey mozzarella, and a perfect chewy pizza crust.
- Make the pizza dough: Follow the Pizza Dough Master Recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
- Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
- Make the pizza sauce: Make the Easy Pizza Sauce.
- Prepare the cheese: If using fresh mozzarella cheese, slice it into 1/4 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 1/4 to 1/3 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.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Pizza recipes, Pizza recipe, Homemade pizza
A few more pizza recipes
Outside of our top pizza topping ideas, here are a few more pizza recipes where those came from:
- Kale & Pistachio Pizza
- Brussels Sprout Pizza with Caramelized Onions
- Sweet Potato Pizza with Brie
- Christmas Pizza
- Cajun Pizza
- Greek Pizza Recipe
Last updated: May 2020
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.