Homemade Cheese Pizza

Why order pizza when you can make an legit cheese pizza at home? This one is like your favorite delivery pizza, but infinitely tastier.

Cheese pizza

Alex and I have made our life’s goal helping you make the best homemade pizza ever. We have over 20 different pizza topping ideas from classic Margherita pizza to taco pizza. But would you believe we’ve never shared a cheese pizza recipe? There’s something so satisfying about a classic cheese pizza. For this recipe, we’ve recreated your favorite delivery cheese pizza: but made it taste exactly 1 million times better. The sauce is extra tomato-y, the cheese is extra cheesy, and the crust is perfectly chewy. Want to know our secrets?

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Homemade cheese pizza

How to make cheese pizza

For this cheese pizza, we wanted it to taste just like what you’d expect from your classic cheese, but infinitely better. This cheese pizza is sophisticated enough for adults, and at the same time loved by all kids. We’ve tested on multiple kids in our lives, and they’re 100% for this cheese pizza.

Here’s what makes this cheese pizza better than your normal delivery pizza;

  • A seriously good, 5 minute tomato sauce. This cheese pizza features our classic pizza sauce: it’s become a fan favorite recipe. Whiz up canned fire roasted tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and oregano in a blender, and you’ll be amazed how much flavor is has!
  • Both fresh and shredded mozzarella. What kind of cheese is on pizza that’s the cheesiest of cheese pizzas? Combine both fresh mozzarella and shredded mozzarella! The fresh makes it seriously gooey, and the shredded is the glue that sticks it all together.
  • The best pizza dough. Our method for pizza dough is tried and true: and we hope it’s the best on the internet. We’ve been working on it for over 10 years, after researching tips and tricks from artisan pizza makers.

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Classic cheese pizza

Pizza making tools

To make a great cheese pizza, it’s helpful to have a few pizza making tools handy! These two tools have been indispensable in our homemade pizza making game. Here’s what Alex and I recommend:

  • Pizza stone: A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found. And if you’re wondering, a bit more on pizza stone care.
  • Pizza peel: What’s a pizza peel? It’s a paddle used to slide the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel.
Cheese pizza

How to make pizza dough

For making the pizza dough for this cheese pizza, we have a few dough recipes that you could try:

  • Best Pizza Dough This is our standard pizza dough that we’ve used for years! We make it using stand mixer, but you can also knead it by hand.
  • Easy Thin Crust is similar but makes a thinner dough that you roll out — it would also work well here!

The hardest part of making pizza dough is stretching it. So we made you a video! Here’s a video of the entire process: or head to How to Stretch Pizza Dough for more details.

What to serve with it?

We first served this classic homemade cheese pizza for our nephews and toddler Larson for a cousins sleepover. They absolutely loved it! If you’d like to dress it up, you could always add some thinly sliced fresh basil when it comes out of the oven, too. Here are a few of the things we would recommend serving with it:

Looking for more pizza recipes?

Outside of this classic cheese pizza recipe, here are some of our favorite pizza recipes:

Homemade cheese pizza

This cheese pizza recipe is…


Cheese pizza

Homemade Cheese Pizza

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza (8 slices) 1x


Why order pizza when you can make an legit cheese pizza at home? This one is like your favorite delivery pizza, but infinitely tastier.




  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Easy Pizza Sauce.
  4. Prepare the toppings: Slice or tear the fresh mozzarella into small pieces. 
  5. 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 How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  6. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough using the back of a spoon to create a thin layer. Add the pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese evenly across the dough, then top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle evenly with the garlic powder, dried oregano, and a few pinches of kosher salt.
  7. 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). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cheese pizza, Homemade cheese pizza

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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