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How To Make A Quick And Delicious Pizza From Scratch

Updated on May 13, 2013

I've been making pizza every Friday for many many years, and my mom found this recipe several years ago and I've been making it ever since. I've had some fun experimenting with the original recipe and technique and finally got something that I really enjoy. All in all, it takes about an hour, but tastes really good.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 Package Instant Yeast, roughly 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar, optional
  • Cheese
  • Pizza or Tomato Sauce

This recipe is much easier if you have a bread machine, but the same instructions apply if you kneed dough by hand.

Step 1 - Assemble the ingredients!

Place the warm water and olive oil in the mixing bowl followed by the flour. On top of the flour add the yeast, salt, and sugar. Set the bread machine to a mixing cycle and wait for it to complete, which is normally 15-20 minutes.

The dough is pretty firm, shouldn't be too sticky, though if it is just add a little bit of flour.
The dough is pretty firm, shouldn't be too sticky, though if it is just add a little bit of flour.

Optional: Chilling the dough.

This step is completely optional and was actually an experiment. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a towel in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. The time preference is up to you, the idea of this recipe is to have a quick pizza so do ever you want.

I choose to chill the dough for about 15 minutes because I wanted to hurry!
I choose to chill the dough for about 15 minutes because I wanted to hurry!
I didn't let the dough sit, I started forming right away.
I didn't let the dough sit, I started forming right away.
Pat down with your fingers to get a basic shape.
Pat down with your fingers to get a basic shape.
Continue to stretch, pull, and pat to make your pizza.
Continue to stretch, pull, and pat to make your pizza.

Step 2 - Forming the dough.

Note: pre-heat the oven to 400f

Forming dough takes practice, but I'll give you some hints. First, lightly flour or oil the surface so the dough won't stick. Using oil over flour may give the dough a better taste, but is more messy. I personally prefer this method, and a lot of times add the oil directly to a pizza stone and form the dough right on it.

The dough should be enough to make a large square/rectangle pizza or two smaller round ones, so divide the dough if necessary and form each back into a ball and let sit for several minutes.

Start by patting down the dough and slowly making it larger. From this point, you can use a rolling pin to finish, but if you find that the dough shrinks back after you roll it, let it sit for five minutes (repeat if necessary).

I brushed the dough lightly with olive oil.
I brushed the dough lightly with olive oil.

Step 3 - Pre-cook.

You'll want to pre-cook the dough without toppings for 5-7 minutes. The dough will rise up fast within this time.

I forgot to take a picture of the pre-cooked dough, this will have to do. I pre-cooked the dough, added sauce and cheese, and put it back into the oven.
I forgot to take a picture of the pre-cooked dough, this will have to do. I pre-cooked the dough, added sauce and cheese, and put it back into the oven.
My choice of sauce, which can be found at the Dollar Tree for $1.
My choice of sauce, which can be found at the Dollar Tree for $1.

Step 4 - Cook it!

Take the dough out after it's done pre-cooking and top it with sauce and cheese and add what ever else your heart desires, then re-cook for 15-17 minutes. Take the pizza out, slice, and serve!

This is one of the best pizza's I have ever made, no joke.
This is one of the best pizza's I have ever made, no joke.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the way you presented your pizza and appreciated the step by step photos with clear instructions. A well written hub for a beginner like me. Will definitely try to make this pizza on weekend. Voted up and shared.

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      Craig Snedeker 4 years ago from New York

      I'm really glad you liked it, and I hope you enjoy the pizza! Let me know how it goes!! :D

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Looks simply delicious. Good recipe, thanks for the share. Great work!

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      Craig Snedeker 4 years ago from New York

      @My Cook Book Thank you.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This pizza recipe looks really good. The image of the finished pizza really looks delicious. Now I want to have some pizza. It's good that it doesn't take too much time to make. All your images of the cooking process really help to visualize things for the readers, especially for those new to making pizza so they'll know exactly what to do.

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      Craig Snedeker 4 years ago from New York

      @Ceres Schwarz it was actually a lot better then the picture makes it look ^_^ Thank you for the comment!

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