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Pizza from Scratch

Homemade pizza from scratch made just the way you like it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 120 F
  • 3 - 4 tbsps cornmeal

Toppings of Choice

  • pizza sauce, pesto, or minced garlic in olive oil
  • shredded mozzarella or other cheese
  • chopped vegetables, pepperoni, sausage, or other toppings
  • Pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning to taste


  • Mix 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in mixing bowl.
  • Heat water to 120 degrees F in microwave or saucepan.
  • Add water and vegetable oil to flour mixture and stir until combined. 
  • Add the rest of the flour, a little at a time, stirring to combine, until it is difficult to stir.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead to incorporate the remainder of the flour. Dough should not be sticky, add a little more flour if necessary.
  • Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal on greased cookie sheets or pizza pans and set aside.
  • Prepare toppings. Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Divide dough in half and form into balls. Using hands or a rolling pin, roll the dough out on floured surface until about 1 - 2" thick. Place on pan. Repeat with the second ball.
  • Spread pizza sauce, minced garlic in olive oil, or pesto on crusts. Sprinkle with pizza seasoning and top with your choice of toppings and shredded cheese.
  • Bake pizzas for 20 - 30 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted. Test center to make sure dough is cooked through.
  • Allow pizzas to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and slice.


For whole wheat pizza crusts, replace 1 cup of unbleached flour with whole wheat flour.