Homemade pizza is not only delicious, but a fun activity to do with the family. Yes, it can be messy and more time consuming than just ordering one for delivery, but sometimes food tastes better when you made it with your own two hands.
You don’t need some fancy pizza stone, although it does make the pizza crust crispier. If you have a large baking pan that will work too.
The hardest part of making your own pizza is rolling out the dough. I am not making dough from scratch, I buy the balls from the store and let them thaw. If you have the time and want to make your own dough have at it!
The fun part of making your own pizza at home is creating the exact version you want. Typically we make two different kinds. My husband is more of a meat lover, and I like veggies. You can also recreate your favorite type of pizza from a restaurant. Below are two of our go to pizza recipes:
Arugula with Lemon Vinaigrette Pizza
- 1-2 cups fresh arugula
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic
- Olive Oil
- Mozzarella cheese
- Diced Tomatoes
- Carmelized Onions
- Balsamic Glaze and Balsamic Vinegar
- Optional: Fresh Sliced Prosciutto
Step 1: Roll out your dough. You can use whole wheat or white, both taste great! You will need a rolling pin and flour to keep the dough from sticking. If you know how to throw it up in the air to get it spread out better, be my guest. Mine would end up on the floor.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 450-500 degrees. **If you are using a pizza stone, place in oven to heat up for 15-25 minutes*** Layer a small amount of flour on your large pan (I turn the pan over so there is flat surface and not edges to worry about) then transfer your dough to the pan. Cook for about 5-8 minutes so it is easier to transfer to pizza stone. If you do not have pizza stone, no worries.
Step 3:While your dough is cooking start making your carmelized onions. Slice a red or white onion and place in fry pan with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Cook for 10-12 minute on medium low mixing to avoid burning. Add a drizzle or two of balsamic vinegar and continue to stir.
Step 3 1/2: While onions are cooking you can create the lemon vinaigrette. Mince your garlic and add to small bowl with 2 tbsp. of olive oil and 1/2 juice from lemon. Grate the skin of half lemon and place into bowl as well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Whisk together and set to the side.
Step 4: Whether you placed your pizza on stone or are cooking on the baking pan, it makes it easier to dress the pizza once it is slightly cooked. Sprinkle the cheese (1-2 cups depending on how big the pizza is) then a 14.5 oz can of unsalted diced tomatoes (strain first). You can also use two medium raw fresh tomatoes. Whichever you prefer. Add your onions. Place back into oven for 10-12 minutes ( keep your eye on the pizza. Cooks in about 8 minutes on a pizza stone. You want the cheese to slightly brown.)
Step 5: Remove pizza and layer arugula on top. Drizzle lemon vinaigrette across the top. Add fresh sliced prosciutto to the top as well, then drizzle balsamic glaze over entire pizza..Enjoy!
Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
- Pizza Sauce
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Ball
- Fresh Basil
- Salt, Pepper, oregano
- Olive Oil
- 1-2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
Step 1: Roll out your pizza dough. Flour the bottom of pan and place dough on pan and into preheated 450-500 degree oven. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until dough is slightly cooked.
Step 2: Remove dough from oven and place on preheated (see step from top recipe) pizza stone. If you are not using a pizza stone just keep on the pan.
Step 3: Spread sauce on dough about 3-4 tbsp. and smooth around leaving a visible crust.
Step 4: In a small bowl add 2 tbsp. olive oil and crushed garlic – whisk together and using a cooking brush spread over the crust.
Step 5: Slice your mozzarella into large circular chunks and spread over the sauce. Sprinkle salt pepper and oregano over the top. (1 tsp. give or take)
Step 6: Place in oven and cook for 8 minutes on a stone or 10 minutes or so on pan. Keep your eye on it and make sure it doesn’t burn. You want the cheese to start to brown before removing.
Step 7: Remove from oven and add fresh basil leaves on top. Enjoy!