Homemade Pizza #2 of 2 – Make This Just Once, and You’ll Ditch the “Uber Eats” Number for Good!

  • Prep Time: Dough Rise (3 + hours)
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes (includes 30-min. dough rise)
  • Cook Time: 20-25 Min.
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Min.
  • Fridge Friendly: 4 Days
  • Freezer Friendly: 1 Month
  • Servings – 4

Cost Per Person: $

  • ¢: pennies
  • $: less than $4
  • $$: less than $7
  • $$$: less than $10
  • $$$: over $10

The Case for Home-Baked Pizza

It may surprise you to know that many people in the Western World have no idea how pizza should taste because all they’ve ever known is the stuff sold by the big pizza chains. Fresh ingredients have been replaced with preservative-laden, cheap, and fatty substances that are mass-produced, frozen and shipped across the country. Commercial pizza is a high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium, low-nutrient food.

For-the-love-of-Pizza, we encourage you to give homemade pizza a try because once you do you will never feel the same about this simple and delicious food again.

But be forewarned, there’s no going back once you try home-baked pizza made with fresh ingredients because no delivery or frozen product will ever stimulate your taste buds the way a freshly baked, hot, out-of-the-oven pizza does.  Buon appetite!

Why I Love This Recipe

Making pizza at home using good quality store-bought dough will make you a believer in baking your own pie … it’s THAT good!

Stretching dough on parchment paper makes this version an easy step up from pre-made already cooked pizza bases.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

There’s no special equipment required, and a good store-bought dough will do the trick.  Add your favourite toppings and let your taste buds decide!


Topping Ideas (Slice thin to guarantee even baking)

Buffalo mozzarella • Pepperoni • Salami • Ham • Red Onion • Green Pepper • Anchovies • Fresh Basil • Pineapple • Mushrooms (sauté them first)

Homemade Oven Baked Pizza Dough

  • In a deep bowl add 1 tbsp. olive oil and use your hand to coat the entire bowl. Turn the dough out into the bowl, and roll it around in the oil so it is well coated.
  • Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit out until it doubles in size*. I usually leave mine out overnight.
  • At this point, you can pre-cut your toppings – including grating the cheese.  All can be put in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • Once the dough has risen, scrape it out of the bowl, and turn the dough out onto your work surface. Work the dough just a bit by folding it into each other a few times to create a ball. Loosely cover it with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let it sit for another 30 minutes or so. We want it to rise slightly again. 
  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your sheet pan. We’re using an 11” x 17” pan. 
  • Set the dough on the parchment paper and start to stretch the dough out with your hands*. Sometimes you have to work the dough in a couple of stages. If the dough is a bit stubborn, don’t worry, let it hang out for 5 or 10 minutes then go back and stretch it some more. Stretch the dough evenly as close as you can to the size of the parchment paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Once your dough is the size you want, take the sheet pan and put it against the edge of your counter and slide the parchment paper right onto the pan. 
  • Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it be for about 15 to 30 minutes so it can rise again. 
  • Pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees
  • Remove the damp towel and spoon the pizza sauce all over the pizza dough. Use the back of the spoon to distribute evenly. 
  • Next, sprinkle the grated cheese evening all over the sauce.
  • Now add the toppings. (See notes below) 
  • Place the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before cutting.

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Baked Pizza – Cook’s Notes/Tips

  • Find a bakery or a grocery store that makes good pizza dough. Don’t buy a mass-produced one.
  • The dough needs to rise so that the end result is a light, airy dough that will puff up when baking. Letting the dough rise also adds more flavour to the dough.
  • Dough rises at different speeds. The warmer the room temperature the faster it will rise. Setting it on a counter in a warm environment will speed up the rising time.  
  • Use your hands to stretch out the dough, rather than a rolling pin. Using a rolling pin will actually remove all of the air which will result in a flat dough. You want some of those air bubbles so the dough is light, not dense.

Adding the Toppings

  • When you cut up the toppings, don’t cut anything too chunky or they won’t bake properly. 
  • You don’t want to put too many toppings on the pizza including the sauce. If you do, the dough won’t bake properly, and the end result will be a soggy drippy mess.
  • Any topping you have like hot peppers or pineapple that come in a jar or can be sure to squeeze out the excess liquid or the top of the pizza will get too wet.
  • Cheese – Don’t buy pre-grated mozzarella cheese! Chemicals are used to keep pre-grated cheese from clumping together and to give it a  longer shelf life – not to mention the pre-grated stuff doesn’t melt properly because of those chemicals. So, buy mozzarella whole and grate it yourself. 
  • Use scissors to cut the pizza. It’s a lot easier than a knife (which will destroy your pan) or pizza cutter