How to make Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza right out of the oven

This mouth watering homemade pizza recipe is handed down from my grandmother. My grandma Liz made the best pizza in the world. Whose grandmother didn't?

When I was a kid and knew she was making pizza I would make a dash for her house, which was easy because she only lived two blocks away.

Oh the wonderful smell and the anticipation waiting for it to come out of the oven. This is my recipe for home made pizza; it's probably not as good as my grandmother's but close and besides its home made what more could you ask for?

Here is what you need to make the dough:

· 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
· 2-1/4 cups of warm water, not too hot
· 1 tsp salt
· 3 tbsp of Crisco or oil
· 5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour

This how you make the dough:
  1. In a measuring cup, add the yeast to the warm water and let it stand.
  2. In a large bowl or your KitchenAid mixing bowl, add the flour, Crisco or oil, salt.
  3. By now the yeast should have mostly dissolved in the water. So pour it into the bowl with the flour.
  4. Mix by hand, or set your KitchenAid mixer on the low setting using the dough hook
  5. Mix until the dough is smooth, let the dough rise for one hour
This will yield about 3 pizzas 12” to 14” depending if you like thick crust or thin. I like thin crust.

Mixing the dough in my kitchenaid stand mixer
Mixing the dough in my KitchenAid

Now we can make the sauce:

· 2 Can (28Oz.) of crushed tomatoes
· 2 or 3 tbsp of light olive oil or vegetable oil
· 1 glove of garlic Finley chopped (you can also add garlic powder)
· 1 Tsp. of oregano or Italian Seasoning
· 1 Tsp. salt - a little pepper

I like to cook my sauce first. Pour the tomatoes into a 1 quart pot, add all of the ingredients. Stir and bring to a boil, not a roaring boil, as soon as you see it start to bubble turn off the burner.

Pizza sauce cooking on the stove
My pizza sauce on the stove

Preheat your oven the 450 degrees, spread the dough in your pizza pan, add your sauce, sprinkle some Italian seasoning, and Romano cheese. I bake two pizzas at a time for about 20 minutes, one pizza on the middle rack and one on top. After 9 or 10 minutes switch the racks.

Now you'll notice that I don't have any other topping on my pizza because this is the way my grandmother made it and I like it this way. 

The greatest thing about pizza is that there are so many toppings. Here are some that I do like to add sometimes:

Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Italian Pork Sausage, Anchovies (not my favorite), Green Peppers, Hot Peppers, Mozzarella Cheese. To add your toppings shorten your bake time by about 2 minutes, take them out and add your favorite topping and put them back in the oven for 2 minutes.

As always Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed my recipe.


  1. I enjoy making my own homemade pizza, but of course, I worked in a pizza shop at one time! I like mine with spicy sausage and fresh mushrooms.

    1. Hi Ruth, I also like mushrooms on my pizza. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're having a great weekend :)

  2. NomNom I love this vrry basic formula!

  3. NomNom I love this vrry basic formula!

    1. Yes it is very easy to make and doesn't take much time at all. Thanks Sherry for stopping by :)

  4. Have not had breakfast yet but now craving pizza :)

    1. Pizza for breakfast is sometimes not a bad idea Susan. Thanks and have a great weekend :)

  5. I can almost taste it, and certainly can smell it. Love homemade pizza! (Pinned!)

    1. Hi Susan, It is oh so delicious, nice to have to stop by, Thanks So much. Have a great weekend :)

  6. I was craving pizza today, will make this for dinner, looks absolutely yummy! here's a link to my blog, please so check it out as well..thanks! :)

    1. Hi Ridhima, I hope you like and enjoy the pizza. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  7. Is it weird that I found it odd that you used the cake battering things in order to get the dough just right? For some reason, I thought that it would have been easier to just use your hands when doing something like this. I imagined an Italian man flipping the dough in the air. Maybe that was just silly of me.

    1. Hi Lauren, Sorry but I use the dough hook it is much easier. Besides I'm not that good to flip my dough in the air, trust me I've tried. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful evening.

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    1. Thanks so much Rebecca for stopping by and your kind comment. Homemade is always the best :)

  9. Homemade sauce and everything! This looks delicious Sam!


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