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Outstandingly Easy Homemade Pizza

I completely understand that homemade pizza dough is objectively tastier than store-bought; trust me, I get it.

That being said, homemade dough is a ton of time, and it often means that my pizza cravings have to be based on actions of past me. Any given Tuesday could be a pizza day, and if I need to make homemade dough every time, it ain't gonna happen. I would venture to guess you've thought about how amazing it would be to make pizza at home but hit a wall with making your own dough. If that's you, it's time to breathe easy; cause this pizza is simple and better than most delivery pizza you can get. Next time you think about ordering pizza, give this a try.


16oz container of store-bought dough (yell at me all you want)

4-8 oz Low Moisture Whole Milk Mozzarella cubes

Toppings such as pepperoni, sliced onion, bell pepper, basil

Whole Tomatoes from a 28oz can

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 pinches of white sugar (I know it's not precise, but it's always by taste)

2 pinches of salt (see above)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp oregano (or Italian herb blend)

1/2 tsp chili flake

If your dough is refrigerated, let it rest covered on the counter for an hour in a bowl with olive oil. If it's frozen let it hang out in the fridge the night before, or you can put it in a bowl in the oven on proof for a few hours. This can be a way to defrost it in a pinch.

Preheat your oven to 550 with a rack close to the bottom of the oven (you get a crunchier crust this way). Prep any toppings while your dough rests and keep your cheese in the fridge so it goes into the oven cold.

To make the sauce, remove the tomatoes from the can and place in a tall sided container. Blend with all the seasonings and oil you see above.

Grab a large sheet tray and put down a layer of olive oil and salt. Grab your dough, which should be relaxed and malleable at this point and spread it out into an even layer on your tray. If you have trouble fully spreading it out, let it rest for 10-15 minutes and come back to finish the job. Top with your cheese, sauce, and other toppings (just be careful not to go too nuts) and place in the oven quickly. Cook for 6-10 minutes or so (this is veryyyyy subjective as some ovens will be hotter or colder near the bottom). I've had pizzas cook in 6 minutes and I've had them cook in 13 minutes, it all depends on the actual oven temp. Keep an eye on the pizza and check the crust every now and then to make sure it's not getting too dark.

Take it off the tray and let it cook on a wire rack before cutting. Top with fresh basil, hot honey, or just eat as is!



Hey, I'm Cameron, and I'm glad you're here. I post new recipes every week, all intended to build your confidence in the kitchen, each one with video tutorials to help. Craving something specific? Drop me a note in my contact form! 

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