The Best Homemade Pizza
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Our entire family gets excited for homemade pizza. We love the thick, fluffy crust and flavorful sauce.
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2½ cups warm water (105-110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (canola or vegetable oil works too)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 6 cups flour
  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar into the warm water. Wait for ten minutes for the yeast to get bubbly and creamy.
  2. Add olive oil, salt and 4 cups of flour. Mix. Gradually add in the remaining 2 cups of flour. Dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl. Knead on a floured surface. Dough should be smooth and elastic.
  3. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and leave it in a warm place to rise. After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size.
  4. Punch dough down and knead on a floured surface. Divide the dough into two balls. Cover and let the balls rest for ten minutes.
  5. Coat pan with cooking spray and roll dough out. We usually use a large jelly roll pan for each pizza and the dough still cooks up thick and fluffy. Alternatively you could use three small round pans.
  6. Spread your favorite pizza sauce on top of the dough. We use homemade tomato sauce made from tomato puree that I bottle each year (recipe at
  7. Sprinkle cheese over the sauce.
  8. Add your favorite pizza toppings.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 18-24 minutes. The cheese should be melted. You can also peek at the underside of the crust to be sure it's golden. The center of the pizza is the last part to cook, so be sure to check the center to tell if the pizza is done.
  10. Allow pizza to cool slightly before attempting to cut and serve.
Recipe by Six Figures Under at