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Homemade Pizza Recipe

homemade pizza

Did you know…

that I used to run a pizzeria! Yep, I actually used to work at a small pizzeria in NY making hand tossed pizzas.  It actually wasn’t a bad job. I perfected the crispy pepperoni through the years as you can tell from my pizza pictured above. Our family loves pizza, but since I live so far from home (Upstate NY) it’s hard to find a good pizza unless I make it myself.  Most of the time I purchase the pre-made dough from the Publix bakery, but on occasion I still  make it myself.  One of the best things about making your pizza is you choose the toppings!

Here are some of our families favorites:

  • Pepperoni
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Italian Sausage
  • Fresh Mushrooms
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Roasted Red Peppers

This is our Halloween traditional meal – it’s quick and easy and delicious!

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Pour warm water into a large bowl. Add yeast and let stand until foamy (usually about 5 minutes).
  2. Whisk in sugar, olive oil, and salt into yeast mixture.
  3. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms, then move to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm area until dough has doubled in size (usually about 1 hour). If you are preparing the night before you can put dough into refrigerator, but be sure to take it out at least 3 hours before you want to use it.
  5. On a lightly floured work surface, gently knead 1 or 2 times before shaping into crust.
  6. Top with your favorite sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings.
  7. Bake at 400 for approximately 20 minutes or until brown.
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  1. I could totally see you running a pizzeria! Wish I could have seen it up close and personal!