Recipe: How to Make a Pizza From Scratch

For lunch today I whipped up a couple of homemade pizzas.  The pickins’ in the freezer are looking rather slim {well, I suppose that’s all in my head.  There is stuff in the freezer, just nothing I really care to eat. Especially the ground pork {yuck} that I don’t want to have anything with} and so that is how I came about making pizzas for lunch.  If you have never made a pizza before you need to give it a go.  Trust me, if this desperate housewife can make one, so can you.

Make dough.

Brush olive oil on the pizza pan and sprinkle a little corn meal over it.1231

Roll out the dough.1312

Pizza #1 Sliced tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese.130

Pizza #2 Crushed pineapple, ham and mozzarella cheese.

Bake according to the directions below.  Cool 5 minutes, slice and serve.

If you have a favorite vegetarian pizza I’d love to hear about it.  Something tells me we are going to be eating a lot of homemade pizza from here on out. After all, I’m going to have to do something with all those vegetables I’ll be growing this summer.

1 {.25 ounce} package active dry yeast or 2.5 teaspoons if you are using bulk yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil, sugar, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour. Mix until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

2. Roll into a 13-in. circle. Brush a 12-in. pizza pan with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Transfer dough to prepared pan, building up edges slightly. Do not let rise. Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until browned. Add toppings; bake 10-15 minutes longer.

*I’ve been using this standard pizza dough recipe from for years now and I love it.

Here are a few of my pizza night favorites:

Amazon:Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza $12.45
Amazon: Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan $13.95
Amazon: OXO SteeL Pizza Wheel $11.99
Amazon: That’s Amore $.99

Amazon’s pricing can change without notice, so if you see something you like, snatch it up! The prices listed are accurate at time of posting.

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  1. Heidi says

    Yum I’ll give this a try soon. I made pizza a couple of weeks ago (I used a recipe from “The California Pizza Kitchen” cookbook). Thai chicken pizza. It was soooo good. Just like at the restaurant but it had a long list of specialty ingredients that were very expensive. It may have been cheaper to buy it at the restaurant. I used some extra Pillsbury biscuits that I had on hand for the crust and it tasted great.

  2. Heidi says

    You could easily make it vegetarian. It has carrots, bean sprouts, peanuts, scallions and the tastiest sauce. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. Thanks for all of your inspiration :)

  3. says

    Can you mix that pork with ground beef? I have a recipe for meatballs with Stove Top Stuffing and I always mix ground beef and ground turkey. I’m not at home otherwise I would post the recipe for you.

  4. says

    Wasn’t sure exactly how to send this except this way.

    This comes from the Kraft Foods food & family magazine Fall ’09 issue (it used to come free but now they charge) :-(

    2 lb ground beef

    1 pkg (6oz) Stove Top Stuffing mix for chicken

    1 and 1/4 cup water

    2 eggs

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 (15 x 10 x 1 inch) pans with foil; spray with cooking spray. Mix ingredients until blended; shape into 32 (1 and 1/2 inch) balls, using 1/4 cup for each.

    Place 16 meatballs in each prepared pan. Bake 16 to 18 min. or until done. (160 degrees).

    I usually make smaller meatballs and serve them as appetizers with cranberry sauce and chili sauce mixed together for the sauce but we have been known to eat them for dinner without any sauce.

    They freeze real well and it makes a lot so it’s easy to pull out a few for dinner.

  5. says

    Pesto pizza with roasted tomatoes basil and goat cheese is a perfect late summer pizza. A white pizza (olive oil and lots of garlic) covered with goat cheese or ricotta is another fantastic one.

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