Discover the Joy of Homemade Pizza: A Taste of Tradition

Oct 23, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

30 minutes (plus 1-2 hours for dough to rise)
12-15 minutes



For the dough:
– 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon instant yeast
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1 teaspoon salt
– ¾ cup warm water
– 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce:
– 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1 teaspoon dried basil
– Salt and pepper to taste

For the toppings (feel free to mix and match!):
– Mozzarella cheese, grated
– Fresh basil leaves
– Sliced pepperoni
– Sliced bell peppers
– Sliced onions
– Sliced mushrooms


1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt for the dough. Mix well and create a well in the center.

2. Pour the warm water and olive oil into the well. Start mixing from the center, gradually incorporating the flour until a rough dough forms.

3. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Shape it into a ball.

4. Place the dough ball in a clean, lightly oiled bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest and rise for at least 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.

5. While the dough is rising, let’s prepare the sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly. Set aside.

6. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a baking stone or pizza stone inside to heat up.

7. Once the dough has risen, punch it down gently to release any trapped air. On a floured surface, divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll out each portion into your desired pizza shape and thickness.

8. Transfer the rolled-out dough onto a piece of parchment paper or a pizza peel dusted with flour or cornmeal. This will make it easier to slide onto the hot stone later.

9. Now, spread a generous amount of the prepared sauce over the dough, leaving a small border for the crust. Top it off with a generous sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

10. It’s time to let your creative toppings shine! Add your desired combination of fresh basil leaves, pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or any ingredients your heart desires.

11. Carefully transfer the pizza, with the parchment paper or peel, into the preheated oven onto the hot stone. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown and the cheese bubbles and melts to perfection.

12. Once your pizza is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Each bite will bring you a taste of that heartfelt tradition.

Tips and Suggestions:

– Experiment with different flours, like whole wheat or gluten-free, to create unique crust flavors.
– Don’t shy away from adding fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to your sauce for an extra dash of flavor.
– For a crispier crust, pre-bake the rolled dough for a few minutes before adding the sauce and toppings.
– Explore a variety of cheeses such as ricotta, feta, or blue cheese to add depth and richness to your pizza.
– Engage the whole family by turning pizza night into a DIY assembly line, allowing everyone to personalize their own slices.

Just like those who came before us, let the aroma of the homemade pizza bring loved ones together around the table. Share your own stories and pass this tradition on to future generations. As we savor a slice of history, let us remember that in a world where the simplest pleasures become cherished memories, nothing quite delights the senses like a homemade pizza made with love.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slice (1/12 of recipe)Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8% Iron 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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