How to Create the Best Homemade Pizza You’ll Ever Eat

Hey Y’all and Happy Monday!

Pizza, is one of our favorite foods to eat, we absolutely love it! However, it is so hard to find a good pizza restaurant in our area. We’ve tried Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Dominos, and even  Mellow Mushroom; which is a local restaurant in Downtown, Columbia.

We would order  pizza from these places, but it was never as good as it was the first time. We really love a great pizza, but we were so tired of being disappointed. So I have decided to make my own homemade pizza.  I wanted to ensure that whenever my family wanted to have pizza, it would be as good as it was the first time. I have finally figured out the perfect homemade pizza recipe. It took some trial and error, experimentation with different ingredients, but finally I have a no fail homemade pizza recipe.

I’ve included everything from the sauce to the crust, and my favorite toppings. So keep reading for the step-by-step recipe and the delicious finished  product.

Ingredients for the Homemade Pizza

As always I like to start out with a list of ingredients, we’ll have two lists. One for the pizza sauce  and one for the pizza dough.

Homemade Piza Sauce

Sauce Ingredients

-1 150z can of Tomato Sauce

-1 60z can of Tomato Paste

-2 tablespoons of Oregano

– 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder

– 2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning

-1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon of Sugar

 

Dough Ingredients

-2 or 2 1/ cups of All-Purpose Flour or Bread Flour

-1 packet of Instant Yeast

-1 1/2 teaspoon of Salt

-Dried Basil Leaves(optional)

-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

-3/4 cup of Warm Water

How to  Make  Homemade Pizza Sauce

The first step, is to combine our 1 can of tomato paste and 1 can of tomato sauce  into a bowl.

How to make homemade Pizza sauce

Next,  you will begin to stir these ingredients until there are no lumps.

Then, you will begin to mix in the other ingredients; add in 2 tablespoons of oregano, 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon of garlic salt, 1/2 tsp of freshly ground pepper, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. 

How to Make Homemade Pizza sauce

Continue to stir until all ingredients are blended together within the sauce. Once you’re finished set your sauce aside and begin to make your pizza dough.

What’s the Best Flour to Use?

All-purpose or Bread Flour

So what’s the best flour to use All-Purpose or Bread Flour for pizza dough? Honestly, you can use either one I’ve tried making a pizza with both of them. Personally, the all-purpose flour was a little hard to roll out and it tore apart rather easily. The bread flour, was a lot easier for me to work with. So it’s all about personal preference and I just preferred the bread flour.

How to Make Your Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough Ingredients

The first thing you  will need to do is combine 1 cup of all-purpose or bread flour, 1 packet of instant yeast,  and 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a large mixing bowl.

How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

Then add  dried basil leaves (optional), 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3/4 cup of warm water and begin to stir with a wooden spoon.

Next, you gradually add in another cup of flour and also add any additional flour as needed (1/2 cup maybe). Continue to stir until the dough pulls away from the bowl.

How to make Homemade Pizza dough

The dough will be slightly sticky, now begin to add olive oil to another bowl, and grease the sides. Dust your hands with flour and transfer dough to greased bowl, make sure that the dough is coated with olive oil. 

Allow for dough to set for 3o minutes so that it can double in size. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

After you’ve let your dough set for 30 minutes, you will begin to kneed it.

How to make homemade pizza dough

Then you will flour your surface and begin to roll the dough out, using a rolling pin.

Spread olive oil  onto your pizza pan, and begin to place the dough on it.

Then , brush your rolled out pizza dough with olive oil. 

Then use a fork to poke holes all over the center of your pizza, to prevent the dough from bubbling up.

Pizza Toppings

For the pizza toppings I’ve included olive oil, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and spinach. I chose to use mozzarella cheese, because it’s light and creamy in texture.

Since I’ve chosen my toppings, I can begin to spread my homemade sauce onto my dough. You will keep spreading the sauce until the dough is completely covered.

After you’ve spread your sauce, you will sprinkle your pizza with mozzarella cheese. 

Then you will place the toppings of your choice, mine are pepperoni and spinach on your pizza.

After you’ve added the toppings, then you add more mozzarella cheese. Once you’ve finished you will place your pizza in the oven on 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

Here is the delicious finished pizza fresh out of the oven.

You can either wait for your pizza to cool to cut it. Or if you like your pizza hot like me, you’ll cut it fresh out of the oven.

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Homemade Pizza Recipe

Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Pizza Recipe

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

Ingredients for Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of suagr

Dough Ingredients

  • 2 or 2 2/12 cups of all purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 packet of instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • dried basil leaves (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of warm water

Instructions

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • The first step, is to combine our 1 can of tomato paste and 1 can of tomato sauce  into a bowl.
  • Next,  you will begin to stir these ingredients until there are no lumps.
  • Then, you will begin to mix in the other ingredients; add in 2 tablespoons of oregano, 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon of garlic salt, 1/2 tsp of freshly ground pepper, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. 
  • Continue to stir until all ingredients are blended together within the sauce. Once you’re finished set your sauce aside and begin to make your pizza dough.

Homemade Pizza Dough

  • The first thing you  will need to do is combine 1 cup of all-purpose or bread flour, 1 packet of instant yeast,  and 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Then add  dried basil leaves (optional), 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3/4 cup of warm water and begin to stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Next, you gradually add in another cup of flour and also add any additional flour as needed (1/2 cup maybe). Continue to stir until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
  • The dough will be slightly sticky, now begin to add olive oil to another bowl, and grease the sides.
  • Dust your hands with flour and transfer dough to greased bowl, make sure that the dough is coated with olive oil. 
  • Allow for dough to set for 30 minutes so that it can double in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • After you’ve let your dough set for 30 minutes, you will begin to kneed it.
  • Then you will flour your surface and begin to roll the dough out, using a rolling pin.
  • Spread olive oil  onto your pizza pan, and begin to place the dough on it.
  • Then, brush your rolled out pizza dough with olive oil. 
  • Then use a fork to poke holes all over the center of your pizza, to prevent the dough from bubbling up.

Making the Pizza

  • For the pizza toppings I’ve included olive oil, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and spinach. I chose to use mozzarella cheese, because it’s light and creamy in texture.
  • Since I’ve chosen my toppings, I can begin to spread my homemade sauce onto my dough. You will keep spreading the sauce until the dough is completely covered.
  • After you’ve spread your sauce, you will sprinkle your pizza with mozzarella cheese.
  • Then you will place the toppings of your choice, mine are pepperoni and spinach on your pizza.
  • After you’ve added the toppings, then you add more mozzarella cheese.
  • Once you’ve finished you will place your pizza in the oven on 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 
  • You can either wait for your pizza to cool to cut it. Or if you like your pizza hot like me, you’ll cut it fresh out of the oven.

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13 Comments

  1. Ernest Daniels
    May 13, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    Good morning southern love lifestyle.com,
    This pizza is to die for and I love these two women and Grace very much! Ya’ll have a great and awesome as well as wonderful day!

    • May 13, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      Good morning! Thank you so much for the amazing feedback, we really appreciate it! We love you very much as well! We hope that you have a wonderful day as well!

  2. May 14, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    I love homemade pizza. They are the best! Great recipe

  3. Yaw Preko
    May 15, 2019 / 9:55 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn how I can prepare it myself and I think I’ve just found the key. Im jotting this one J&J

    • May 20, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      It’s a really easy recipe to follow and it’s super delicious! Let us know how it works for you and thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!

  4. Aia
    May 16, 2019 / 8:36 am

    wow..it looks so yummy.. I feel hungry….I guess I really need an oven soon.. hahaha…. pizza is life.. I love thin crust pizza.. all meat… overload… ohh im craving.. gotta order one now.. hahaha

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much! You totally need to get an oven so you can create your very own delicious pizza and you can add as much meat as you please! I hope you have an awesome day and thank you for stopping by!

  5. May 16, 2019 / 11:54 am

    Wow that looks delicious. We love pizza too but haven’t yet tried to make our own.

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much! It really is an easy recipe and it tastes wonderful! I hope you have an amazing day!

  6. Angela
    May 16, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    I’ve never tried making my own pizza sauce before but I’m going to give it a go now. Thanks.

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:32 pm

      It’s super easy and it seems like everything just taste better when it’s homemade! You’re so welcome, please let us know how it turns out! Have a wonderful day!

  7. August 15, 2019 / 2:18 pm

    OMGeeeee! This recipe sounds delicious! I’d love to give it a whirl sometime, and it seems pretty simple to follow (so even a crap cook like me wouldn’t balls it up LOL) x

    • August 15, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Yessss! This recipe is sooo good and the best part is it’s a super easy! There is no way you can mess it up, please let us know how it turns out! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!!

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