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How to make a Pizza at Home

Updated on March 29, 2009

A Quick & Tasty Meal

When my sons were younger, I used to make pizza regularly at home using the recipe below. A friend told me about this method and I found it to be inexpensive as well as quick and easy with tasty results. Because this is very easy to make, you can let your young children help or even do must of the preparation under your supervision. This can be fun for them and a good opportunity for you to both spend time with them as well as teach them some basic cooking skills. I did this with my children and we had a great time - they also learned how to cook for themselves which has come in handy now that they are beginning to move out on their own.

All of the ingredients are available at local grocery stores and can be easily stored until needed. Because pepperoni pizza was the favorite of both of my sons, that became our basic homemade type of pizza. However, on occasion when I had friends over, I would substitute or add other ingredients such as olives, green pepper and/or onion. Any other favorite toppings could also be substituted for pepperoni in the recipe.

Frozen Bread Dough

Tomato Sauce

Oregano

Pre-Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients and Utensils Required

Ingredients:

1 loaf of frozen bread dough - this can be found in the frozen foods section of grocery stores and usually comes in packages of 3 to 5 loaves which are designed to be thawed and then placed into oven and baked into a loaf of bread.

2 - 3 Eight-ounce cans of tomato sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese (either buy it that way or purchase it as a block and shred it yourself.

Pepperoni (either pre-sliced or slice it yourself)

Dried oregano (optional)

Salt and pepper (if desired)

Utensils needed:

Shortening, Pam or other substance with which to grease the pan to keep the pizza from sticking to the pan.

Rolling pin to roll out the dough.

Clean, hard, flat surface on which to roll out the dough.

Circular, flat pan on which to place the pizza to bake.

Pizza cutter or sharp knife with which to slice the pizza when it comes out of the oven.

Sliced Pepperoni

Preparing the Pizza

1.Thaw loaf of bread - I usually did this by setting the frozen loaf on a plate on the counter and covered it with a paper towel or clean dish towel before leaving for work in the morning. When I got home the dough was completely thawed.

2.Pre-heat oven to 360 degrees

3.Roll dough into a ball.

4.Dust a section of a clean, hard surface (kitchen counter top, table, etc.) with flour. Dust ball of dough and rolling pin with flour as well

5.Roll out bread dough until it forms a thin, flat circular shape. You will also have to use your hands to stretch dough as well as roll it with the rolling pin. Continue flattening until dough is between 14 and 16 inches in diameter (a smaller circle will result in a thicker crust).

6.Grease a round pizza pan with vegetable shortening or other non-stick product like Pam and place rolled out dough on the pan.

7.Place pan with dough in oven for about 5 minutes until dough becomes golden brown (the smaller the diameter of your crust - and thicker the crust - the longer you will have to allow it to bake). Check it while baking it and use a knife to poke and deflate any large air bubbles that form. Partially baking the crust in this manner will allow it to firm up and prevent the tomato sauce from soaking into it which will result in a soggy crust.

8.Remove pan from oven.

9.For a cheesier pizza, you can sprinkle some of the grated cheese directly on the crust and then pour the two to three cans of tomato sauce on the crust. Evenly distribute the sauce with a spatula or spoon.

10.For extra flavor, sprinkle any seasonings you desire over the tomato sauce. I always preferred oregano, some pepper and a little salt but other seasonings can be used as well.

11.Sprinkle cheese liberally over the top.

12.Distribute other toppings evenly on the pizza (if you choose you can put these on first and then cover with the cheese or do as I prefer and put the cheese first, then the other toppings.

13.Place back in oven and cook until cheese is completely melted.

14.Remove from oven, cut and serve.

The result is homemade taste with very little work or preparation time.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Educative and informative hub.I will try this lesson which i learn t from your hub soon.

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      Jacob Darkley 6 years ago from California, USA

      Wow, great step-by-step guide. And now I'm starving, thanks for that :). Will definitely try making my own at home soon!

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      Angie 7 years ago

      We gave up on the frozen pizza thing. You are so right if you really want to keep the kids busy let them make them from scratch. My little one just loves to mix it mix it! The frozen pizzas are far too pricy for me and then to have to add more toppings to that, get out. I would spend a fortune! We have a wonderful garden with tomatoes, veggies and this year im giving herbs a shot. Last year my husband built an out door kitchen/bar when sitting at the bar stools it looks over the garden. Beautiful this time of the year. Our project this year is going to be adding an outdoor pizza oven http://www.superprod.com/category/cooking-beverage... to the kitchen area we built. Oh the parties we can have this year with fresh garden goods on home made pizzas! YUM!!

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Pizza is a good meal for young kids to make--it's easy, yet a really nice main dish. And, of course, most kids like pizza! We have made pizza regularly since we were little kids.

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      HQqht? 7 years ago

      this is a very lame LAME LAME LAME !! DUMB WAY of making a pizza i cant believe all u dummies actually want to make this. it sounds disgusting, like i can get a pizza than this in BUCK OR TWO.

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      SFN05 7 years ago

      Realy a nice & easy way of making pizza.. thankz!!

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Hendrika - thanks for the comment. Your pobrood sounds good.

      Chuck

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      Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I've never thought of this before! In South Africa we do not get the frozen bread dough, but we do get it fresh (just some left over from the store's own baking)so I'm going to try this.

      We normally use this dough to make our traditional South African "pobrood" which is a bread baked in a black cast iron pot on coals outside when we are having a barbecue or when we are making a "potjie" (a traditional dish also made outside on the fire and many call it a glorified 'stew' but you'll pay with your life for it if you really say that to a "porjie" guru!)

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      livingsta 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      good idea. thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wow great tip

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      Sara Algoe 8 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Yuuuummmmm Nice Ill surely try this method very soon. thanks for the Tip!

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      J_Eds 9 years ago from Blackpool

      I am going to try this this week :) I don't know fi you can buy that dough in the UK though... Hmm...

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      I wish I had all this information back when I was parenting all those foster kids...we loved making pizza night, we called it "yo-yo" night, meaning "your on your own" -- they always chose pizza to make on those nights. This is a great hub with tons of information...thank you for all your hard work on it! yummm

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      starcatchinfo 9 years ago

      THX, SOUNDS YUMMY TO ME

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      cvaughn570 9 years ago

      Interesting, I never thought of using frozen bread dough. Thanks, Carol