Homemade Pizza

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.


2 pizzas (3 servings each)

Updated: Feb. 13, 2024
This recipe is a hearty, zesty main dish with a crisp, golden crust. Feel free to add your favorite toppings. —Marianne Edwards, Lake Stevens, Washington


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups toppings of your choice (like sliced pepperoni, cooked crumbled sausage, chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, chopped green pepper or sliced olives), optional
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. In large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil and salt. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 2-3 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Punch down dough; divide in half. Press each half into a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Combine the tomato sauce, oregano and basil; spread over each crust. If desired, add toppings of your choice. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

Homemade Pizza Tips

What is the best flour for pizza dough?

All-purpose and bread flour work great for pizza dough. But if you want to take your dough to the next level, try double zero flour. Learn more about each type of flour in our flour guide.

What type of sauce goes on pizza?

You can’t go wrong with classic red sauce, like our homemade pizza sauce. Want to switch it up? Give white pizza, spicy BBQ chicken pizza or any of these unique pizza recipes a try!

Which cheese is best for pizza?

The best cheeses for pizzas are ones with low melting points and low moisture content, such as mozzarella, provolone and cheddar. A blend of cheeses offers fantastic flavor!

How do you make pizza dough crispy without a pizza stone?

If you don’t have a pizza stone, assemble your pizza on a piece of parchment paper. While assembling, place your sheet tray in the oven while preheating. Once you’re ready to cook, slide the parchment onto the sheet tray. The hot tray will give your crust the jump start it needs to become crispy.

Nutrition Facts

2 pieces: 485 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 972mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.