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Homemade Pizza for Beginners

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza 1x


Want to make homemade pizza but not sure where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about how to make pizza at home.



  • 1 recipe Stand Mixer Pizza Dough or Food Processor Pizza Dough
  • 1 recipe Best Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • Topping ideas:
    • Mozzarella cheese
    • Feta cheese, goat cheese, burrata cheese, Parmesan cheese, or Pecorino cheese
    • Chopped spinach leaves, chopped bell peppers, sliced red onions, thinly sliced tomatoes, avocado
    • Olives, roasted jarred red peppers, artichokes
    • Sauteed mushrooms
    • Fresh basil, fresh thyme or fresh oregano


  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Stand Mixer Pizza Dough or Food Processor 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.
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Best Homemade Pizza Sauce. (You’ll use about 1/3 cup for the pizza; reserve the remaining sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
  4. 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.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough, using about 1/3 cup. Add the toppings, and if desired, few pinches of kosher salt
  6. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven. Slice into pieces and serve immediately.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Homemade Pizza, How to make pizza, How to make pizza at home, Pizza Friday