The Best Homemade Pizza

I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by making homemade pizza because it’s not something I grew up making.

I find most of the recipes you find here are easy for me because they are similar to what my mom made or are her recipes. When Jeff and I got married he talked about making homemade pizzas on Friday nights with his siblings and I loved that idea.

Fast forward to a boatload of kids of my own, I love making pizza dough and sauce from scratch and allowing the kids to top their own mini pizzas on the weekends. This recipe is tried and true and our kids like it better than Papa John’s… that’s their benchmark.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

*tip: make the dough in the morning and allow it to rise until ready to use. Half of your dinner will already be finished before you start.

*You can use this recipe with store bought pizza dough too, but I really recommend trying the homemade crust, it’s not as difficult as you might think!

Homemade Pizza

Serving Size:
6 mini pizzas
2 hours

Ingredients for Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil 
  • ¾ cup warm water

    Ingredients for Sauce:
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Combine 1 cup of flour, instant yeast, sugar, garlic powder in a large bowl.
  2. Add olive oil and warm water and use a wooden spoon to stir.
  3. Add another cup of flour and keep stirring until dough is formed. The dough will still be sticky, but you can add flour to your hands to form into a ball.
  4. Drizzle a separate bowl with olive oil and form your pizza dough into a round ball and cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise
  5. When ready to make pizzas, make pizza sauce by combining all ingredients and stir
  6. Roll out pizza dough to desired thickness, layer with sauce and add toppings!
  7. Bake at 425 degrees in the oven for 15 minutes or until toppings are golden brown or a pizza oven!
  8. Enjoy!

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