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Better than delivery, every time! Here are the best pizza recipes, with top-rated pizza dough, sauces, and topping ideas galore.

Pizza Recipes

Our honeymoon to Italy changed the way we thought about pizza. Alex and I realized that artisan pizza recipes can be incredible, healthy, and simple to make at home. All you need is a great pizza sauce, minimal toppings, and a few specialized tools. Oh and most importantly, you need a great pizza dough. After all these years, we can guarantee: ours are some of the best pizza recipes you’ll find. Ready to get started? Here are our master recipes, pizza gear, and the top pizza recipes to make at home.

“I made your perfect pizza dough and perfect pizza sauce recipes. It was the most magical Friday night ever! People have been asking me for your recipes like crazy.” -Angela

And now…the best homemade pizza recipes!

Master recipes: pizza dough & pizza sauce

A great pizza needs a stellar pizza dough and a tangy, tomato-centric pizza sauce. We’ve got you covered with both. Here are our master recipes:

Pizza gear you need

In order to become a true pizza master, you’ll need a few tools! Here are our recommendations:

What to serve with pizza?

Once you’ve made it, how are you going to serve it? Check out our 10 Best Sides to Go with Pizza. It includes specific pairings for some of the pizza recipes above!

Pizza FAQ

Are you a pizza beginner? Head to Homemade Pizza for Beginners.

What’s your favorite metal pizza peel?

This aluminum one is great. Our favorite pizza peel is this conveyor pizza peel, which makes it super easy to transfer to the pizza to a pizza stone. It’s a little more expensive but worth it if you’re into homemade pizza.

What is the best pizza stone?

Glad you asked! We’ve broken quite a few stones in our day. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, and a little more about how to care for a pizza stone so that it doesn’t break.

What is Margherita Pizza?

Oh man. It might be our favorite homemade pizza recipe. Margherita pizza showcases the colors of the Italian flag: red from the tomato sauce, white from the mozzarella, and green from the basil. It’s allegedly named after Queen Margherita, an Italian queen in the 1800’s.

What is the best pizza oven?

The best pizza oven we’ve found for homemade pizza recipes is the Uuni pizza oven (also called Ooni). It’s an outdoor pizza oven that uses wood pellets as fuel. The Uuni heats up to 900 degrees in just 10 to 15 minutes! This is huge because most wood fired ovens take hours to preheat. It’s also portable and inexpensive. 

Do I need a pizza oven?

Nope, there’s no need for a pizza oven! We have one because we are obsessed with making the best homemade pizza. But you can make really, really great pizza in your home oven using a pizza stone.

How to make pizza sauce?

We have a great pizza sauce that we use for lots of our homemade pizza recipes. Here it is: 5 Minute Easy Pizza Sauce

What should I do with extra pizza dough?

Easy. Make calzones!

Can I make pizza dough in a stand mixer?

Yes, you can! Here’s How to Make Pizza Dough, with instructions for using a stand mixer.

Can I make pizza dough in a food processor?

Yes! Here’s our recipe for Quick Pizza Dough in a Food Processor.

What if I want pizza but I don’t have time?

Great question! When we don’t have time to make pizza, we make pizza using naan bread, flatbread, or pita bread! Here are some of our favorite recipes:
Naan Pizza
Flatbread Pizza
Pita Pizza

How long to cook pizza? 

A homemade pizza recipe cooks very quickly: just 5 to 7 minutes in the oven or 1 minute in a pizza oven!

What temperature to cook pizza?

Cook pizza at the highest temperature you can. That’s 500°F to 550°F in a standard oven and about 900°F in a pizza oven.

How to clean a pizza stone?

You shouldn’t need to clean your pizza stone: a seasoned stone is a good thing! If you do want to clean it, use a blunt object like a spatula or plastic scraper to scrape off any burned pieces of food. If necessary, wipe it down with a damp cloth. Let your stone dry completely before using it again. Never use soap or oil or submerge it in water: this can cause it to crack.

For more: How to Clean a Pizza Stone

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Pizza Recipe

Best Pizza Recipe

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x


Here’s how to make a classic Italian homemade pizza recipe, with a tangy pizza sauce, gooey mozzarella, and a perfect chewy pizza crust.




  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Pizza Dough Master Recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Easy Pizza Sauce.
  4. Prepare the cheese: If using fresh mozzarella cheese, slice it into ¼ inch thick pieces (see the photos of the pre-baked pizza above). If it’s incredibly watery fresh mozzarella (all brands vary), you may want to let it sit on a paper towel to remove moisture for about 15 minutes then dab the mozzarella with the paper towel to remove any additional moisture.
  5. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see this video for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel. 
  6. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough, using about ¼ to ⅓ cup. Add the mozzarella cheese. Top with a thin layer of fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a few pinches of kosher salt.
  7. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven).
  8. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before adding the basil on top (whole leaves, lightly torn, or thinly sliced). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pizza recipes, Pizza recipe, Homemade pizza

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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