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How to Make Pizza; An Easy Recipe for Homemade Pizza

Updated on September 17, 2013

Homemade, but not from scratch

As most of us have busy lives, spending a few hours to make something from scratch is not exactly a realistic idea. Although more rewarding and usually healthier, making food from scratch is not always easy. However, making a pizza with store-bought ingredients is a close second.

As the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza a year (that's 350 slices a second), and worldwide about 5 billion pizzas are consumed yearly, it is clear that pizza is a popular choice!

Below is a quick and easy recipe for making pizza. Using store bought ingredients may be a bit of a cheat, but you can have a pizza ready to eat in about 20 minutes!

To make pizza as healthy as possible, use extra virgin olive oil instead of sauce, prepare your own dough and thin the crust, use organic and non-genetically modified ingredients, and go light on the cheese.

By all means, though, maka-da-pizza!


  • Pizza crust (premade or from scratch; Trader Joe's has a fantastic vegan dough for under a couple of bucks)
  • Sauce
  • Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, fontina, feta, American, etc.)
  • Toppings, toppings, and more toppings!*
  • Seasonings**

*A few suggestions for toppings:

Meats: pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, chicken, beef, shrimp, salami, crab

Vegetables: onions, banana peppers, bell peppers, sprouts, jalapeno peppers, green olives, black olives, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, eggplant, broccoli

Fruits: pineapple, starfruit, grapes, mango - Fruits typically do not hold well when baking on a pizza, but feel free to give it a try!

Toppings will spread out a bit while cooking. So, if you desire a pizza loaded with toppings, layering is recommended.

**Suggestions for seasonings:

oregano, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, white pepper, dehydrated onions or peppers, capers

Pan is greased, crust is rolled out, sauce and spices slathered on with a light layer of cheese, onion, and pepper.
Pan is greased, crust is rolled out, sauce and spices slathered on with a light layer of cheese, onion, and pepper. | Source
Cheese stuffed crust and pepperoni added.
Cheese stuffed crust and pepperoni added. | Source
A close up!
A close up! | Source


  • Preheat the oven according to the crust packaging (usually 425-450 degrees)
  • Grease a large cookie sheet, pizza pan, or pizza stone (I do a light coat of olive oil.) -If using a pizza stone, heat the stone in the oven for a few minutes and then put aluminum foil on the stone prior to greasing it.
  • Spread the crust over the pan (or place it on the pan, if it is premade)
  • Slather on the sauce! (1 cup is recommended)
  • Sprinkle a dash of seasoning on the sauce
  • Add a layer of cheese to your liking
  • Add toppings of your choice
  • If desired, dash a bit more seasoning on top
  • Cook as advised on the crust packaging (usually about 15-17 minutes for store bough crust, 25-30 minutes for homemade crust)
  • Let cool for a moment, slice, and serve!

Cooked to perfection; ready to be sliced and served!
Cooked to perfection; ready to be sliced and served! | Source

Variations and Ideas

To go the extra mile, sprinkle some cheese around the perimeter, and gently fold the crust inwards and over the cheese. Now, you have a stuffed crust!

Over the sauce, sprinkle a thin layer of cheese. Add toppings, and then sprinkle another thin layer of cheese on top. It's an extra cheese, layered pizza!

Instead of pizza sauce, you could use:

  • alfredo
  • ranch
  • blue cheese
  • barbeque sauce
  • hot sauce
  • no sauce
  • spaghetti sauce
  • vodka sauce
  • olive oil and basil


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    • Marwen Miri1 profile image

      Marwen Miri1 

      5 years ago from El Kef

      wooooow mmmmm i like this pizza

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      It was!! :) hehe Thank you for stopping & for your comment!

    • yourpark profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      your pizza look great, haha!

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Great point! I can't believe that I hadn't thought of that (not having to tip). :)

      You can always make the pizza healthy (but where's the fun in that, right?). hehe Thanks for your comment & vote!

    • GlstngRosePetals profile image


      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Well there goes that infomercial diet once more. Off to the store for pizza toppings. Thanks a lot for killing my doomed diet lol . Not really but the pizza idea sounds awesome this way i really get what i want and it takes just as long to have one delivered and i don't have to give a tip$$. Voted up !!

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks, TycoonSam!!! :) It's much easier than making bread sticks/cheese sticks, too!

    • TycoonSam profile image


      6 years ago from Washington, MI

      Great recipe. I especially like the cheese stuffed crust!


    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Oh yes! Making anything from scratch is definitely more rewarding! =]

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment, Debbie!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love to make my own dough this looks great. I am book marking this.

      voted up


    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      That sounds delicious! I have never tried corn on pizza. In fact, I'd never thought to try it. Thank you for the suggestion! =]

      Thank you for your comment and vote!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Veronica, a fellow homemade pizza fan! I love doing homemade pizza just with loads of fresh veggies like onion, peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn. They're so simple, really delicious because you've just taken them out of the oven and cost a fraction of a pizza parlour price. Voted up, noce hub.

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thank you for your vote and comment, Marcy! I am almost always in the mood for pizza!! ;) hehe

      Stephanie, What an honor! It'd be nice if pictures of pizza would help diminish cravings! :) The stuffed crust - surprisingly - turned out better than expected! Its delicious! Thank you so much for stopping by again!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I just had to revisit this hub because I have a craving for pizza! The recipe looks easy and delicious, and the idea of making a stuffed crust sounds fun!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Yummy - and I am so in the mood for pizza! Voted up and useful!

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I'd love to try your recipe for pizza sauce! Let me know if you do write a hub about it, & I'll link it to this one. =]

      I like making mini pepperoni pizza dip & pizza rolls (using crescent rolls & roll toppings inside them, bake for 10 minutes or so, & they're done). They're two easy-to-make pizza variations that are a hit in my house.

      Thanks for your comment. I bet your wife loves having you cook!!! Let me know if you're ever in Ohio & miss cooking. You can always borrow my kitchen! =D

    • Springboard profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      With my wife working more days out of the week later (and I happen to be the cook of the house) we've been throwing in more occasionally a quick Digiorno. She likes pizza a bit more than I do, but a homemade pizza is certainly much better (always is) than anything packaged and frozen, and so this sounds like a great alternative option. Will have to give it a go—probably with the Boboli crusts as I've tried to make a crust and had horrible results. :) Thanks for a great idea for a quick and easy meal that I'm sure will beat Digiorno to pieces (pardon the pun).

      As for pizza sauce I usually make my own. Maybe I'll have to make a hub sharing my recipe.

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA


      Although this may not necessarily be the healthiest choice for an after school snack or for dinner, it is easy and not too expensive! I agree, there seems to never be enough time! =]

      Thank you for your comment, votes, and for sharing this hub!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      This looks so tasty! I like pizza very much and since this is fast and easy to make makes it even better. Somehow there is never enough time and everyone is hungry after school and work! Thanks for sharing this recipe, the pictures are great. I will try this! Voted up, useful and shared!


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      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @instantlyfamily - The pizza smell! Mmm! =] Thank you very much for your comment!

      @Painted Seahorse - I think that I could eat pizza every day! hehe Thank you for stopping by to read and comment!!

      @s.foram - You are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!

      @hoteltravel - I was hungry the entire time that I was writing it! hehe =] Thank you for your comment and votes!

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Dawn - Thank you! That's primarily why I created this & shared the recipe - because it's quick and easy! =] Good luck & I hope that you get the chance to try it! Thank you for your comment!

      @Audrey - Yes! Exactly! =] Thank you for reading and commenting!

      @fpherj48 - You are always so creative! A "Make your own pizza" party? What a fantastic idea! My father eats pizza no matter where we are for dinner - a $60 a steak restaurant, or a seafood place. He'll find pizza anywhere. lol He'd love that type of party. However, thinking more about it, I doubt he'd cook. He'd probably want to be a "tester". =] & My thoughts exactly about Jaye! LOL I feel like there's a pizza secret that I don't know about! LOL

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @artliving - Oh, it is! I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for your comment!

      @Kristine - LOL Everything in moderation, right? ;) Thank you for your comment!

      @JayeWisdom - I probably could've included (in the hub) that my first job was at a pizza place when I was 14. I actually ate an entire large pizza myself back then! hehe There is no shame in a bit of indulgence! =] It sounds like it was just that good! Maybe you should write a hub w/ the recipe? ;) Thanks for stopping by!

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Stephanie Henkel - Thank you! I always think that when I read your hubs - "I can almost smell the flowers!" =]

      @marellen - As I'm a bit late responding, did you already make the pizza? How'd it turn out? Thanks for stopping by!

      @DzyMsLizzy - Thank you! & Thank you so much for sharing! =D

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      6 years ago from Thailand

      Reading this hub has made me hungry. Will try these tips next time. Voting up!

    • s.foram profile image


      6 years ago from india

      I have tried it at many different restaurants, but this is different. Thanks

    • Painted Seahorse profile image

      Brittany Rowland 

      6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Wow, now I'm craving pizza even more than usual. Thanks for the recipe and the enticing photos!

    • instantlyfamily profile image


      6 years ago

      We have family pizza night once a week. I have found that making homemade pizza can be really easy and fun. My son loves to help me with the toppings.Oh and the smell of the pizza freshly baking is so GOOD. This hub is full of terrific pizza making tips!

    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Veronica....MMMMMMMM yummy. I make home made as often as possible. Pizza simply goes over so well with just about everyone! One Mother's Day I hosted a "Make your own Pizza" was too much fun!! I think we should tell Jaye that it is NOT terrible for her and her son to have eaten the WHOLE pizza....not a Terrible statement to her baking skills either!!! LOL

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California


    • Dawn Conklin profile image

      Dawn Conklin 

      6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Great looking pizza! We love pizza here, I don't often make it tho I am going to try it out soon. I make a lot of stuff homemade including bread so it is usually a treat for us to go out for pizza (ok really for me to not have to cook.) This is an easy to follow recipe here, I will definitely give it a try-I love stuffed crust. I almost don't want to make the dinner I was planning-the pizza looks better :)

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Another coincidence today! I made homemade vegetarian pizza for lunch and shared it with my son. Is it a terrible admission that neither of us could stop at two slices? We cleaned the pizza pan! I don't eat pizza often, so make up for it when I do. It's midafternoon, and I'm still full from lunch, so it won't be difficult to limit my dinner to an apple this evening.

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      Donna Kristine 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      My diet is shot! Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Corrina Espinosa 

      6 years ago from Denver, CO

      dang! this looks so yummy =P can't wait to give it a try! thank you, I'm voting up =D

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Some good ideas--I'll have to bookmark this. Voted up and shared.

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      6 years ago

      Funny you should have this recipe because I'm going to make pizza this week, just like you recommended. Easy, fast and most of all yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I can almost smell the pizza! This easy recipe for Homemade pizza looks easy enough for even me to try. Thanks for sharing!

    • VeronicaFarkas profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Haha! I'm sorry! You can make a gluten free, veggie pizza! It tastes great, too! =]

    • Tams R profile image

      Tams R 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      I've decided you aren't helping my diet but you are increasing the food industry's budget. Now I want pizza.


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