I learned how to make pizza about 6 years ago when my daughter decided she preferred her pizza without cheese. Although we had several pizzerias in the neighborhood, I was able to find one that was up to the task of making a good pizza without cheese. I started scouting online for recipes, flipping through pages upon pages of recipes and asking my Chef friends for a good homemade pizza recipe. You can also learn how to to make pizza with these easy instructions.

THE MOST IMPORTANT RULES:

  1. Pizza-making takes planning. The best homemade pizza recipes I have made came out of my kitchen, but it’s because I made the dough the day before. This gives the dough time to rise.
  2.  Use a food scale.  Although you may be able to get by without a food scale, it is always advisable to measure in grams instead of cups. I convert most of my recipes using cup measurements so don’t fret if you don’t have a scale. 
  3. Finally, invest in a pizza stone. This is the pizza stone I use. It is worth every penny.

You can make easy homemade pizza that will surpass many restaurant versions. It takes planning and practice but you can become quite good at it. Before long you will be creating your own homemade pizza recipe. It all starts with a good pizza crust. Below, you will find an easy homemade pizza dough recipe.

LEARN HOW TO MAKE PIZZA

Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Learn How To Make Homemade Pizza Dough

how to make pizza*2 cups 00 flour  (306 g)  *2 cups All-purpose flour  (306 g)  *2 tsp fine sea salt (16 g)  *11/2 tsp active dry yeast (4 g) *2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (8 g)

Learning how to make pizza takes patience. You need to allow your dough to rise for 3-4 hours, but making the dough 24 hours ahead will surely pay off.  To refrigerate, place balls of dough on a floured surface. Cover loosely with a damp kitchen towel.

The beauty of pizza dough is that you can store it in the refrigerator until you need it. Storing pizza dough in the refrigerator makes for great pizza, but this can lead to the flour forming a skin.

If making the dough for later use, wrap the dough in a plastic wrap or Ziploc bag for up to 3 days. If you have leftovers, you can freeze it; making your weeknight homemade pizza recipe ideas a breeze. Just place frozen dough in the refrigerator to thaw. If you want it to rise faster, and you have a warm ki tchen, you can leave the dough on a countertop loosely covered with a clean, damp cloth. Otherwise, you can put it in a warm oven. Make sure your oven is not hot.

how to make pizza

Shaping the pizza is an important step in learning how to make pizza. It’s true that pizza shaping takes practice, but once you understand the concept it is rather easy. A pizza is usually round with raised edges, but you may not be able to achieve this result the first time. Your pizza will still be delicious. Follow these steps:

  1.  Place dough on a floured surface and pat down softly while rotating.
  2.  Once you have a round shape, use the tips of your fingers to form the edges of the pizza.
  3. Pass the dough back and forth between your palms, stretching the dough as you rotate. The pizza is ready at 12 inches in diameter.
  4. Place pizza back on the floured surface with first pressed making sure that the side that you first pressed down upon remains facing upward.
  5. Slide the dough back and forth to keep it from sticking. Add a little more flour beneath the dough if it sticks.
  6. Slide a lightly floured pizza peel under the dough. If you don’t have a pizza peel, place the dough carefully on a floured cutting board.
  7. Check again to see if the dough can slide back and forth.
how to make pizza

Another important step in learning how to make pizza is the topping. A light touch is necessary when adding any toppings. You want to use just enough sauce and other toppings, but don’t overdo it.

Pizza sauce is so simple to make so there is no need to use the store-bought version.  Instead, see this simple pizza sauce recipe that you can make in a few minutes.

Using the back of a spoon, spread the sauce onto the dough while avoiding sauce 1/2 inches from the edges. For a  12-inch pizza, you only need about 2-3 tablespoons is enough.

You can use any topping you like, but the typical layer will start with sauce, cheese then meat or seafood and vegetables/fruits/herbs.

Be conservative with toppings and start small. A good starting point is Peperonata Pizza. It is simple, yet tasty.

howto make pizza

Heat pizza stone in the oven at the highest temperature for a full hour.

Use the middle Rack.

Transfer pizza to oven using a pizza peel. Gently slide pizza onto hot stone.

Edges should be golden brown in 4-8 minute and cheese will be bubbly. Remove pizza from oven using a pizza peel. Transfer to cutting board.