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Homemade Pizza

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 pizzas (3 servings each)


  • 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
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 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.
  • 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. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles; drain.
  • 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. Top with beef mixture, green pepper and cheese.
  • 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 slices: 537 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 922mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.


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  • Lou
    Dec 3, 2020

    Very easy recipe. The dough was more like pastry and quite tasty. Loved it ! I froze half the dough - I just let it thaw out to room temp and made it a week later, it was even better the second time.

  • Elena
    Nov 12, 2020

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  • Lucy
    Sep 15, 2019

    Made this last night with my husband and kiddos. Very easy recipe and came out soooo good! Will definitely be making this again.

  • Portia
    Apr 13, 2018

    First time making pizza so I was initially nervous but it turned out awesome. It's quick and easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • emmyevans
    Mar 17, 2018

    I've only used the crust portion of this recipe and it's mmm mmm good. First and only homemade crust I've made, it's a keeper!

  • Andrew
    Mar 1, 2018

    I decided to bake a pizza with this recipe and came out, this is so delicious!

  • kate28
    Aug 5, 2016

    First time I made pizza dough. Turned out Perfect!

  • jimntess
    Oct 31, 2015

    I have been making pizza my whole life and my recipe was very good. Eveyone loved my dough but I wanted to try something different. I made this dough and found it to be the best I have ever made. It was light and yet crispy, this was the best dough I have ever tasted...delicious!!

  • wairacu
    Aug 25, 2015

    Never made dough all my life let alone pizza. This evening i just decide to try this recipe and my oh my! it is super delicious!!! Thanks a lot taste of home

  • redcow
    Jun 25, 2015

    I used this recipe just for the crust. Just made it today and the crust is going to be my new "go to" pizza crust recipe. I really liked the crispness on the bottom of the crust and bread-like top part of the crust. I made it in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I did use instant yeast, as that is all I ever use. I had to add extra flour to make the dough "stiff" enough so that I could handle it to make the ball. I used my old black cookie sheet that is well seasoned with age to bake the pizza on. I always bake my pizza on this cookie sheet. I was able to spread the dough with my hands so that saved getting out the rolling pin. After the dough was spread on the cookie sheet, I finished the pizza to my liking. I make my our salsa in the fall, cooking it down so it is thick, then I can it. That is what I use for my pizza sauce. Great crust---will make again!!