easy homemade pizza

We're big pizza connoisseurs in our family. We rarely get take-out, and if we do it's hardly ever from a national chain. Our favorite pizza spot is an hour away – and we make the trip regularly. Some might even call us pizza snobs. I never would have imagined I could concoct a pizza at home that would satisfy our standards, but I actually did it! Miraculous, easy homemade pizza. From scratch. In a little over half an hour.

Easy Homemade Pizza
For the sauce:
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 tsp ground oregano
2 tsp basil
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp white sugar

For the dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp white sugar
1 cup lukewarm water (it should feel the same temperature as the room if you stick your finger in it – this is how I test that my water isn't too hot so it won't kill the yeast)

Mozzarella cheese

Any toppings desired (we slice our own pepperoni, but you can use sausage, bacon, bell peppers, pineapple, etc)

1) Stir all sauce ingredients together in a medium pot and bring to boil. Simmer on low for 10 minutes while you make the dough. If you don't have time to heat and simmer the ingredients, simply stir them together before putting the sauce on the pizza dough.

2) Combine all dough dry ingredients in a large bowl (I like to do this in my Kitchenaid). Add oil and water. Knead for 10 minutes (again, I enlist the help of my Kitchenaid and a dough hook).

homemade pizza dough knead

3) Break the dough into two equal parts and spread out into pizza shapes.

homemade pizza dough

4) Top with sauce.

homemade pizza sauce

5) Top with cheese.

homemade pizza mozzarella

6) Top with whatever other toppings you want.

easy homemade pizza toppings

7) Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Voila! Proof that “easy homemade pizza” isn't an oxymoron. You can even double the recipe and freeze two of the pizzas for later to make this easy homemade pizza made even easier.