Homemade Pizza

One of my very best friends, Stephanie, gave me this recipe. She told me a couple times about this pizza and how easy & fast it was. I wasn't sure what her definition of "easy" was until she told me it takes about 15 minutes to make it! That is my kind of easy. I knew I had to try it too. I have always had a hard time with pizza dough - I never found the recipe that made the kind I liked. Well, I am happy to say that I have an easy, new favorite! I have made this recipe about 5 times now and my whole family loves it. And I love that I can make it quickly - the only thing I need to plan ahead for is to make sure I have mozarella cheese!

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

2 1/2 c. flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup hot water (120-130°)
1 Tbsp. Rapid Rise or Bread Machine yeast
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Preheat oven to 500°. Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add hot water and olive oil. Mix for five minutes and then let the dough rest 10 minutes. Press dough on pizza pan, pizza stone, or jelly-roll pan. Bake at 500° for 3 minutes. It will look like this...

After you take it out of the oven, you can cover it with toppings.

I cheat when it comes to the sauce! I have found an easy solution that my family loves. I use the Hunt's brand "Garlic and Herb" sauce for my pizza. It tastes great, makes it even easier and costs under $1 at Wal-mart!

When you are done adding your toppings, return to the oven and bake 8-10 minutes. I usually just make the traditional pepperoni, but have also done a BBQ chicken which was great. I might have to make this today and experiment!


  1. I never make pizza at home b/c I can't master the crust. I'll give this a try!

  2. I can't wait to try this one, too! Looks delicious!!!

  3. Yum! I will have to try this- I've been in the same boat that I haven't found a pizza crust that I love and is easy enough to fix!

    Quick question- when you pop it back in the even the second time, do you still cook it at 500*?

  4. Hey Kari!! Yes, you put it back in the oven at 500. I know that seems high, but it worked great for me. You can always watch it and adjust according to your oven.
    I hope you and your family are having a great holiday season! And I love your family pic - really cute!

  5. This sounds really good Amy! My family LOVES pizza, so I'll definitely have to add this recipe to my meal plan this week!

  6. We made this tonight and LOVED it! I only used half the dough because we like really thin pizza. This will be our weekly pizza recipe now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I made this last week & forgot to comment that it turned out great!!!
    I'm making it again tonight...it's that good! Thanks for another great recipe!

  8. That's completely drool-worthy...yum!

  9. We haven't ordered pizza in at least a month, thanks to your recipe!! Its delicious and is now a family favorite - thanks for sharing!!

  10. Steph, Allison & Kimberli,

    I am so glad this pizza turned out good for you! Let me know if you come up with any good & fun versions!

  11. I just wanted to thank you for your blog. I stumbled upon it through one of my friend's blogs and have to tell you that it has helped me go from timid new mother of three/cook for five (including myself) to confident in the kitchen. Everything I have tried from here has been so delicious and your directions are wonderful. I have tried numerous pizza crust and this is the absolute best. I've even let teh kids use cookie cutters to make little "pizza crust" biscuits sprinkled with salt. So, thank you thank you thank you!

  12. Can't wait to try this recipe! Have you tried freezing the raw pizza dough?