Homemade Pizza Recipes

I remember watching my mother make pizza from scratch as a little girl. Rarely could we afford delivery or even a good freezer pizza, to be honest. But I couldn't care less, because pizza day was a day I could play with my mom in the kitchen. She liked to bake it in cookie sheets for the convenience, so we always had messy rectangles, haha! This year, the memories came back as I yearned to find a good recipe for pizza that could be frozen; something cheaper and healthier than cardboard pizzas in the freezer section.

These days, a quick online search is all you need. Turns out, you can freeze a homemade pizza after you par-bake the crust and add your toppings. I adapted this crust from Bobby Flay's recipe on foodnetwork.com

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 3-4 small pizzas

Source: Food Network

Link: Pizza Dough Recipe



  1. Sprinkle yeast over ½ cup warm water and let sit 5 minutes to soften.
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  3. Add the sugar, salt, 2 tbsp. oil, and remaining cup of warm water. Next, whisk in ½ cup whole wheat flour and let rest 5-10 minutes.
  4. You should notice the mixture has become softer, slightly puffier looking. At this stage, mix in 2 ½ cups white flour, stirring thoroughly after each cup.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead in the remaining cup of white flour, adding it gradually to prevent sticking. Knead about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  6. Place dough into a large bowl coated with the last 2 tsp oil. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.
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  8. Once risen, punch the dough down and reshape into a ball. Place on a lightly floured counter-top and let rest 10 minutes. Cut the ball into 3-4 equal pieces.
  9. Flatten each piece with the palm of your hand and stretch into ½ inch thick rounds. Let rest a few minutes while you prepare your pizza stone and preheat the oven to 425 F (for smaller pizzas with thick crusts, lightly grease and flour 9 inch cake pans).
  10. Stretch the dough to fit the shape of your pans. You can use a rolling pin or simply rotate the round as you gently pull the edges. Place in pan and shape the crust using your fingertips.
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  12. Prick the dough evenly, using the tines of a fork, to keep it from ballooning up in the oven. Par-bake the pizza shells for 8-10 minutes. When using cake pans, remove the shell from the pan after 8 minutes of baking and bake directly on the rack another 2-3 minutes. This ensures the bottom of each shell will be firm enough to hold the sauce and toppings.
  13. Let cool completely before adding the toppings. Use your favorite pasta sauce and add in a pinch of chili powder for warmth. For the cheese, I prefer grating my own reduced-fat mozzarella from the block, but use whatever sounds best to you! (One thing, though, is if you want to use cheddar cheese, cut it with something else. Otherwise, it will crisp up to fast or burn at the high oven temperature.) Oh, and if you use mushrooms and bell peppers, make sure to sauté them first so they don't make the pizza soggy.
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  15. At this stage, you can either freeze your pizzas or finish cooking them. To cook, bake them at 425 F for another 8-10 minutes, or until the crust looks golden.
  16. To freeze the pizzas, lay them flat on wax paper and freeze overnight (you will need to clear a good amount of freezer space). Once they are solid, you can wrap and stack them for long-term storage. When you are ready to cook the pizza, just cook it straight from the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes in a 425 degree F oven.

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November 25, 20170 found this helpful

Well, Holly,

You wouldn't need to serve appetizers before serving this pizza. The scent of fresh yeast risen crusts baking in the oven is all it would take, and that's something you wont find in the grocery freezer.


A lot of work, but your family must be so very appreciative.



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I couldn't find a recipe for chicken pizza that I thought would appeal to my family so I came up with my own. It's simple to make and tasty.


  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1/2 jar Classico Four Cheese Alfredo sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • red peppers
  • green peppers
  • mushrooms
  • 1 pizza crust


Cook chicken breast and cut up fairly finely. Spread sauce over the pizza crust. Sprinkle the chicken over the sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella over crust and sauce, as much as you prefer. Cover with sliced fresh or canned mushrooms. Sprinkle with finely diced red and green peppers. Bake in 425 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes.

Servings: 3 to 4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 12 - 15 Minutes

By glenda eileen lockhart from Canada

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Pizza recipes are always great because they can be so versatile. This is a great recipe!


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can mushroom stems and pieces, well drained (optional)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


In a medium skillet, brown beef or sausage and onion. Season to taste, drain well and set aside.

While it is cooking, you can make the batter. In a small bowl, combine all crust ingredients. Mix until smooth and pour into a 12 or 15 inch pizza pan which has been greased and floured, tilting pan so batter covers bottom. Arrange the meat mixture over top. Add mushrooms if desired. Bake on low rack at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from heat. Pour 1 cup pizza sauce over top. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes longer.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 20-30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25-30 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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January 27, 2010

Easy and fast for children, grownup, you can do it with small children.



Put the flour, the Italian seasoning, the pinch of salt and mix. Dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand for few minutes till it bubble add the oil to the water mix and than to the flour mix and mix together.

Knead for two minutes and roll out on a floured surface around 10 to 15 inches. No need to oil the backing sheet, there's enough oil in the dough. Put the roll out dough on the sheet and push a little with your hands till thee dough cover the baking sheet.

Cover the dough with the sauce and than put the Mozzarella cheese. (You can add on corn or tuna or marinated artichokes). Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and bake till the dough is ready around 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven.


By Dana from Palo Alto, CA

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Simple, kids can make it. Cut partially frozen dough into how many pizza you want. I can make 12 minis or 2 large thin crust or 1 deep dish from the loaf.

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I make my family pizza with left over meat loaf. I put yeast in the lukewarm water or milk, put sifted flour in bowl. Add the oil, yeast and water or milk mixture to the flour and oil. Mix well and knead. Put on a oiled cookie sheet pan.

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July 30, 2004

Every Friday I make pizza. I figure this saves $25 or over every week.

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This is a fun, easy and delicious way to make pizza at home!

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Simmer sauce ingredients together for 20 minutes. Prepare crust, add sauce and add your favorite topping of cheese, sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, etc. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes.

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Blend. Gradually add 2 to 2 1/4 cups flour, blending after each addition. Knead on lightly floured board until smooth and satiny. Place in greased bowl. Let rice until double in size.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place pizza dough on greased 14 inch pizza pan. Pat out dough with fingers to edge of pan. Bake 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned; remove from oven.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in circle on greased 14 inch pizza pan, with points toward the center and wide ends toward the outside.

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Recipe for Cheesy Chicken Pizza. Roll out dough into a 12 inch circle on a large pizza pan. Spread with pizza sauce. Top with chicken, onion, pepper, mushrooms and cheeses.

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June 9, 2005

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring large pot of water to boil; add broccoli. Cook about 3 minutes; drain. Stir seasoning and garlic powder into Alfredo sauce; spread over pizza crust to within 3/4 inch of edge.

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October 17, 2004

You can either make your own dough or when your supermarket has it on sale buy multiple packages (like 40 cents per lb) and freeze all but one. Place the dough in a slightly oiled bowl & cover with a clean dishtowel and let it rise.

Preheat your oven to 475. Then take your pizza stone & lightly sprinkle it with cornmeal.

Roll your dough on the stone & lightly grease the edges with olive oil. Spread 1 to 1/4 cup pizza sauce on the dough & then add whatever you like; i.e, onions, peppers, pepperoni, mushrooms, add 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese over the veggies & then sprinkle oregano & basil on the cheese. Now sprinkle about 2 T. shredded parmesan cheese.

Pop into the oven & cook about 12 minutes or until done.

Happy eating.

By joesgirl

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June 17, 2004

Let's face it, there is never enough time in a day to get things done we'd like to. One way to share time with kids is to pick one night a week that they have to make the meal. It teaches them to plan ahead, get familiar with items in the kitchen, and teaches them to be responsible. It's great when mom or dad give them a great big smile at the dinner table. Teaching them to read a cookbook is not a bad idea either.

Pull-apart pizza is a good starter recipe. Cut biscuit dough into bite size pieces and place into greased baking pan. Spread pizza sauce and cheese on top (extra toppings if desired) bake at 350 degrees F until cheese is bubbly, then cool on a platter. To eat, just pulls it apart.

By Dee

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February 17, 2017

This delicious pizza may quickly become your all time favorite. It is perfect for using fall apples in a different way. This is a page about apple, gorgonzola, and walnut pizza.

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January 26, 2017

Making your own pizza is fun, inexpensive and delicious. Learn how to make homemade pizza in this page.

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January 25, 2010

This pizza may be adapted to be vegan (as long as the vegan eats yeast).

  • Pizza dough
  • Red sauce (you can just use any spaghetti sauce for this).
  • Toppings: Pineapple, green pepper, etc..
  • Mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • Corn meal

Make pizza dough in to a flattened circle.

Place dough on pizza spatula that has corn meal on it. Or on a pizza pan with corn meal on it.

Place a blob of red sauce in the middle, then proceed to smooth it out towards the edge leaving approximately 3/4 inch at the edge.

Now place mozzarella cheese covering everywhere there is sauce, if you are omitting the cheese skip to the next step.

Place your toppings on the pizza, remembering the pizza will be cut into triangle so you want to place more toppings on the edges rather than the center.

You will want to use a pizza stone to place your pizza on in the oven. Before putting the pizza on it you will want to place some corn meal on top of the stone so it will be easier to remove ( add corn meal on hot stone right before you are ready to put the pizza on it otherwise it could burn.

Instead of a pizza stone you can also use a pizza pan.

The pizza stone needs to be preheated with the oven, the pan does not.

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

Once preheated place pizza in the oven for 15 minutes then check if the bottom of the crust is brown if not leave in a little longer.

When crust is lightly brown take out of the oven, cut and serve.

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