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Here’s the only homemade pizza recipe you need! Learn how to make the best pizza dough, sauce, and toppings.

Homemade pizza

Having a pizza night? You’ve come to the right place. Here are all our resources on how to make the best homemade pizza ever (really!). As expert home cooks and cookbook authors, pizza is our forte. We’ve done years of research to perfect the best way to make it at home. You’ll learn how to make a pizza crust that revivals your favorite pizzeria, and a pizza sauce that is pure tangy, garlicky goodness. You’ll never need another recipe again.

Homemade pizza: basic methods

There are several ways to make homemade pizza. The basic idea: pick your dough, pick your sauce and pick your toppings! There are several different types of pizza making methods, each of which require different equipment and techniques. Review the summary below to help you choose your pizza dough. Then open the dough recipe in a separate browser or tab.

Type of doughSummaryTime Required
Pizza Dough Master RecipeOur tried and true basic dough for artisan pizza! A pizza stone makes for best results (with a pizza peel), but a sheet pan also works. Stretching the dough can be tricky, but practice makes perfect.1 hour 10 minutes
Thin Crust Pizza DoughMakes a delicious thin base for pizzas. A pizza stone makes for best results (with pizza peel), but a sheet pan works. No stretching needed! You can roll out the dough.1 hour 10 minutes
Cast Iron PizzaResults in a thick, fluffy dough and all you need is a cast iron skillet! No stretching required. It makes only one large pizza at a time.2 hours 15 minutes
Sheet Pan PizzaMakes a large sheet pan (3 pizzas), so it’s great for serving a crowd! Makes a thicker, fluffy crust.1 hour 30 minutes

The best homemade pizza sauce

The next element for a great pizza? Our fan-favorite Homemade Pizza Sauce. This recipe is one of the most loved on our website, and one taste and you’ll see why. The sweet, bright flavor of the tomatoes and garlicky, savory finish will make you immediately exclaim your praises. Here’s what to know about the pizza sauce:

  • Find canned fire roasted tomatoes. Fire roasted tomatoes have a sweet and subtly smoky flavor right out of the can. Compare that to standard canned tomatoes, which can be bitter. This type of tomatoes is available at most grocery stores. Can’t find them? Use the best quality canned tomatoes you can find.
  • It takes just 5 minutes in a blender! Blend up the tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, oregano and salt, and it tastes like a dream: no cooking required.
Homemade pizza pizza peel
Homemade pizza on a pizza peel

Pizza making equipment: stones, peels, and more

Homemade pizza requires a few special tools, depending on which type of dough you choose above. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pizza stone: A pizza stone makes the best pizza, because high temperatures make the crust crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Here’s the pizza stone we recommend, and a bit more on how to care for it.
  • Pizza peel: A peel is a paddle used to slide a pie onto the hot stone in the oven. We recommend this standard pizza peel or this conveyor pizza peel. The conveyor makes it incredibly easy to slide onto the stone (it’s worth the investment).
  • OR, a cast iron skillet or sheet pan: You do not need a pizza stone for Cast Iron Pizza or Sheet Pan Pizza because the crust style is different. These types of pizza have a fluffy, tall crust instead of a round, artisan style crust.
  • Stand mixer: You don’t need a stand mixer for pizza dough: you can knead it with your hands! But it does make the process easier and hands off.

Of course, you can also make pizza in a pizza oven! If you’ve got an outdoor pizza oven like the Ooni, ROCCBOX or another brand, go to Pizza Oven Dough.

Homemade pizza

How to make homemade pizza: basic steps

Once you’ve got your dough recipe and equipment, it’s time to cook! Here are a few notes on the basic steps for how to make homemade pizza, or jump to the recipe below:

  • Make the dough. Make the Pizza Dough Master Recipe or Thin Crust Dough.
  • Preheat the oven and pizza stone to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Stretch the pizza dough. This is what requires the most technique! Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and dust the top with flour. Use your fingers to gently press the dough into an 8-inch circle, flipping several times and adding a pinch of flour if it is too sticky. Then pick up the dough and gently drape it over the knuckles on both of your hands. Slowly rotate it around, allowing gravity to stretch it into a circle about 11 inches in diameter. See How to Stretch Pizza Dough for step by step photos.
  • Or, roll out the dough (thin crust dough). Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a circle about 11 inches in diameter, using just enough flour on each side to keep it from sticking.
  • Top the pizza. Place the dough on a pizza peel. Quickly add the toppings.
  • Bake 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and bake 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned.
Focaccia pizza
Homemade sheet pan pizza makes 3 pizzas in one

Pizza topping ideas

Our favorite homemade pizza toppings are included in the recipe below: and to us, simple is best! Add that tangy, garlicky sauce, gooey cheese, and add a few fresh basil leaves when you remove it from the oven. So simple, so good! Here are a few other topping ideas:

  • Margherita: Red sauce, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, basil
  • Veggie supreme: Red sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, green pepper, red onion
  • Pesto: Pesto, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes
  • White pizza: Ricotta, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan
  • Quattro formaggi: Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pecorino, gorgonzola
  • Red pepper: Roasted red peppers, mozzarella, feta, oregano
  • Olive: Green and black olives, mozzarella, red onion
  • Greek pizza: Spinach, artichoke, tomato, red onion, olive, basil
  • Mushroom: Mushrooms, thyme, oregano, goat cheese, mozzarella
  • Broccoli: Broccoli, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan
  • Goat cheese: Red sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, basil
  • Taco pizza: Refried beans, cheddar cheese, green onions, black olives, romaine, ranch
  • Spinach artichoke: Spinach, garlic, artichokes, mozzarella, Parmesan

Want more ideas? Head to 25 Homemade Pizza Recipes.

This homemade pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, try our Gluten-Free Pizza Dough.

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Homemade pizza

The Best Homemade Pizza


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 medium pizza 1x

Description

Here’s the only homemade pizza recipe you need! Learn how to make the best pizza dough, sauce, and toppings.


Ingredients

Scale

For the pizza dough

For the pizza sauce (use ⅓ cup for topping)

  • 1 small garlic clove (1/2 medium)
  • 15 ounces crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or high quality organic canned tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Scant ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the toppings — or use topping ideas from 25 Top Pizza Recipes

  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or ½ cup shredded mozzarella and 2 to 3 ounces goat cheese, in dollops)
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.) Or use one of the alternate dough methods.*
  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: Peel and cut the garlic into a few rough pieces. Place the garlic, fire roasted tomatoes, olive oil, oregano and kosher salt in a blender. Blend until fully combined. (You’ll use about ⅓ cup for the pizza; reserve the remaining sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
  4. Prepare the dough: 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!)
    1. Stretch the dough (Best Pizza Dough): For the Best Pizza Dough recipe, stretch the dough into a circle: place the dough on a lightly floured surface and dust the top of the dough with flour. Use your fingers to gently press the dough into a circle, flipping several times and adding a pinch of flour if it is too sticky. Once you have about an 8-inch circle, pick up the dough and gently drape it over the knuckles on both of your hands. Slowly rotate it around, allowing gravity to stretch it into a circle about 11 inches in diameter.  If the dough starts to resist stretching, put it down and allow it to rest for a few minutes, at which point it will stretch more easily. Then repeat Step 3 until you have an 11-inch circle! See How to Stretch Pizza Dough for step by step photos.
    2. Roll the dough (Thin Crust Pizza Dough): If you’re making Thin Crust Dough, place it on a lightly floured surface and gently press it into a circle, adding a pinch of flour if it is too sticky. Then roll out the dough into a circle about 11 inches in diameter, using just enough flour on each side to keep it from sticking. If the dough starts to resist rolling, wait for a minute or two, at which point it will roll out more easily.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough, using about ⅓ cup. Add the mozzarella cheese (and if using, goat cheese or other types of cheese). Top with a thin layer of fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a few pinches of kosher salt.
  6. 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).
  7. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before adding the basil leaves on top (whole leaves, lightly torn, or thinly sliced). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

Notes

*The Cast Iron Pizza and Sheet Pan Pizza methods are easier because they don’t require stretching the dough, but they take slightly longer. All you need are a large cast iron skillet or 13×18 sheet pan; you can use the same toppings as above. For dough and baking instructions, go to Pan Pizza or Sheet Pan Pizza. If you’re using an outdoor pizza oven, go to Pizza Oven Dough.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Homemade pizza, homemade pizza recipe, how to make homemade pizza

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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