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Homemade pizza. How to make pizza at home in the oven. Homemade dough and pizza sauce recipe. Everything you need to know.

Homemade pizza

Pizza. The dinner you call out for on a Saturday night or pick up at the grocery store in the frozen section. But that frozen kind just doesn’t cut it, and delivery once a week is too expensive.

So you turn to google…. how to make pizza at home.

Does anybody do that?

how to make pizza at home

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Well, I mean you’re about to do that. So that means myself and at least one other person knows that you can make delicious pizza at home! It doesn’t have to be overly complicated and it can be every bit as delicious as your favorite pizza place.

HOMEMADE PIZZA

You need to start with a good dough. We started making pizza at home in 2017, trying and find a family normal at our new duty station. At first we started simple with those round pizza crusts from the store, but I never found a pizza crust that I liked! They were tasteless and had me ordering real pizza the next day.

If you’re in a pinch you can buy pizza dough in the refrigerator section. Or make your own pizza dough at home like we do. If your about to back out at the thought of doing anything with dough, don’t! You got this.

Homemade cheese pizza from scratch

PIZZA DOUGH INGREDIENTS

  • Pizza dough-Makes 3 pizzas
    • 4 1/2 cups flour
    • 2 tsp yeast
    • 1 TBS sugar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1 1/2 cups water

Using warm water, add 2tsp of yeast with 1 TBS sugar. Set aside until it foams. About 5 minutes.

Mix the remainder ingredients together and then add the water. Mix until dough forms.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough an additional 6-8 minutes until it becomes smooth and stretchy.

Place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in warm area 60-90 minutes, until doubled in size. (I like to set mine in the microwave)

If that takes to much time, you can make it the day before. After kneading, cover with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator overnight for a slow rise. Take out 30 minutes before use and allow it to come to room temperature.

fresh homemade pizza

You can either buy pizza sauce from the store or make your own homemade pizza sauce.

PIZZA SAUCE RECIPE

  • Homemade Pizza Sauce- enough for 3 pizzas
    • 1-28oz can whole peeled tomatoes in juices
    • 6 oz tomato paste
    • 1/2 onion
    • 3-4 fresh garlic cloves
    • 1 TBS olive oil
    • 1-2 TBS pure maple syrup or honey
    • 1/2 tsp basil
    • 1/2 tsp salt- pepper to taste
    • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

For a smooth sauce, place all ingredients in blender until smooth. Simmer on stove 20 minutes.

For a chunky sauce, use the same ingredients and heat oil over medium heat. Add onions to soften and 3-4 garlic cloves. Add remaining ingredients and crush the whole tomatoes with fork or potato masher. Simmer 20 minutes.

homemade pizza sauce

Equipment to make your life easier-

PREHEAT OVEN- STRETCH YOUR DOUGH

Preheat oven to 450°with pizza stone inside. Lightly flour your surface and stretch the dough. Slide onto pizza peel and lightly coat with olive oil.

pizza dough on pizza peel

We are going to slightly cook our pizza dough before adding any toppings. That way we get a nice crispy crust.

Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Putting pizza dough into oven

Remove from oven with tongs and place on pizza peel. Add sauce, cheese and toppings.

Place back in oven and cook and additional 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.

Lightly cooked pizza dough going back into oven with toppings

Remove from oven and slice with pizza cutter.

PIZZA TOPPINGS

  • Pepperoni
  • Onions and peppers
  • Buffalo chicken/turkey
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Mozzarella with basil
  • Ground beef
  • Pineapple
Sliced cheese pizza

Homemade Pizza

How to make pizza in the oven from scratch
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pizza
Servings: 8
Calories: 632kcal

Equipment

  • Pizza Peel
  • Pizza stone
  • Pizza Cutter

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

  • 4 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Pizza Sauce

  • 1 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes with juices
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3-4 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1-2 TBS pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes

Toppings

  • mozzarella

Instructions

Prepare your dough

  • Using warm water at 2tbs yeast and 1 TBS sugar. Set aside until it foams. About 5 minutes.
  • Mix the remainder ingredients together and then add the water mixture. Mix until dough forms.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead dough an additional 6-8 minutes until it becomes smooth and stretchy.
  • Place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in warm area 60-90 minutes, until doubled in size.

Prepare your sauce

  • For a smooth sauce, place all sauce ingredients in blender until smooth. Simmer on stove 20 minutes.
  • For a chunky sauce, use the same ingredients and heat oil over medium heat. Add onions to soften and 3-4 garlic cloves. Add remaining ingredients and crush the whole tomatoes with fork or potato masher. Simmer 20 minutes.

Prepare the pizza

  • Preheat oven to 450°with pizza stone inside. Lightly flour your surface and stretch the dough. Slide onto pizza peel and lightly coat with olive oil.
  • Slightly cook the pizza dough before adding any toppings. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven with tongs and place on pizza peel. Add sauce, cheese and toppings.
  • Place back in oven and cook and additional 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and slice with pizza cutter.

Notes

  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on different brands of ingredients that are used along with cooking methods. 

Nutrition

Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 119g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 2288mg | Potassium: 2933mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 1755IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 481mg | Iron: 18mg

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