Food Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Homemade Pizza: From Dough to Toppings

Making homemade pizza is a fun and delicious way to enjoy this classic dish. Follow this guide to create perfect pizza from scratch, including dough, sauce, and toppings.

1. Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Create a well in the center and add yeast mixture and olive oil.
  3. Mix until a dough forms. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth.
  4. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.

2. Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Assembling and Baking

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F (245°C). If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to heat up.
  2. Divide dough into two portions. Roll out each portion on a floured surface to your desired thickness.
  3. Transfer dough to a pizza peel or baking sheet.
  4. Spread pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  5. Add your favorite toppings (see below).
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

4. Topping Ideas

Classic Margherita:

  • Sliced fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Pepperoni:

  • Sliced pepperoni
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Vegetarian:

  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Black olives
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

BBQ Chicken:

  • Cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce
  • Red onion slices
  • Shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese

Hawaiian:

  • Sliced ham
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese