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Homemade Pizza Recipe (from scratch)

Homemade pizzas are fun to make and taste absolutely out of this world. This is one of my favorites, it’s topped with pepperoni, Pineapple, ground beef, and Green peppers.

Hot homemade Pizza being taken out of the oven

Easy Pizza Recipe

Making your homemade pizza is like an art that you have to do over and over again in order to master it, even after the mastery you might still need some tweakings here and there just to suit your needs.

The Pizza Crust

There are various types of pizza crusts but my favorite is the thick and chewy crust but this pizza dough recipe that I’m sharing today can also work for the thin and crispy crust it just depends on how flat or how thick you layout your crust.

I also have a 20 minutes pan pizza recipe no-knead and done on the stovetop so if you are in a pinch and still want pizza, you can go for this. It will still satisfy your pizza cravings!

Homemade pizza topped with pepperoni, pineapple, beef and green bell peppers.

Easy Pizza Recipe

Making your homemade pizza is like an art that you have to do over and over again in order to master it, even after the mastery you might still need some tweakings here and there just to suit your needs.

All you need for an awesome pizza are quality dough, Tomatoes, Toppings, and cheese coupled with the right tools and a fair amount of practice – The more you make pizza, the more you learn about the tips and techniques that will suit your taste.

Homemade pizza topped with pepperoni, pineapple, beef and green bell peppers.

Pizza Dough

A good pizza starts with a good dough. When making Pizza, the wetter your dough is, the lighter and crispier your Pizza will be. However, you don’t need to make it overly wet. It needs to be well manageable.

Pizza Toppings – What type of cheese should I use?

Be flexible and creative with your pizza toppings. In this recipe, I used pepperoni, pineapple, beef, sausage, and cheese but there are a whole lot of other toppings that you can use.

I like to use a combination of low moisture mozzarella cheese and provolone cheese for a stretchy cheesy pizza but you are free to also use the choice of mozzarella cheese you like – fresh or low moisture.

I prefer the low moisture mozzarella for a traditional homemade pizza like this one because the fresh mozzarella has high moisture content and this might affect your crust (or the whole pizza in general).

The low moisture mozzarella cheese has little moisture and it has the ability to adhere to your crust (toppings) because it is aged which makes it stickier when melted.

How to make Pizza  (step by Step) plus video

Steps to make a good pizza

Watch how to make it below:


  1. If the dough is too much for you for a single-use feel free to store it in the freezer and thaw it whenever you are ready to use it.
  2. I always use low moisture Mozzarella Cheese to prevent water/moisture on my pizza but if you choose to use fresh mozzarella just try as much as possible to drain off the excess Milk/Water.

lola's homemade pizza recipe

Delicious homemade pizza – just like your favorite local pizzeria. Fresh, hot, and delicious.
4.86 from 28 votes
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Course: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, homemade, pepperoni pizza, Pizza
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 2 medium size pizza
Calories: 1680kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


For The Pizza Sauce

  • 6 oz tomato paste (3/4 Cup)
  • 1.5 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black Pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp honey or brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt to taste

For The Pizza Dough

  • 2 Tsp yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1.25 cups water about 100-110degrees F
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Toppings - use what you like

  • mozzarella Cheese/provolone cheese
  • pineapple
  • pepperoni
  • beef


  • Stir together the tomato paste, Italian seasoning, onion powder, minced garlic, black pepper, olive oil, water, honey (or brown sugar), and salt to taste and set aside.
  • Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large bowl and leave it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast is dissolved and foamy, then stir in the olive oil and salt.
  • Add the flour and mix it until all the ingredients are well combined, then transfer it to a work surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl that has been coated with olive oil. Turn it over to coat it evenly, then cover it with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Let it rise for an hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Punch down the dough to remove the trapped air, then transfer it back to a lightly floured work surface and divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
  • Use your hand to push the dough from the center and then maintain a circular shape. You can use a rolling pin if you find this hard to do.
  • Dust the pizza pan with some cornmeal, place the flattened out dough on the pan, and continue to push the dough until it reaches the size of your pan, making sure you create a lip around the edge for the crust. Now leave this to rest for about 5 minutes before adding the toppings.
  • Brush the dough with some olive oil, concentrating more on the edges. This will help to achieve the golden-brown crust.
  • Spread the sauce on the pizza, add the cheese (I used a combination of Mozzarella and provolone cheese) and your favorite toppings, then bake in a 450 and bake for 10 to 12 minutes rotating halfway between.


  • Pizza is best when it is still hot; however, it is still advisable to allow it to cool for a few minutes to prevent burns.


Calories: 1680kcal | Carbohydrates: 332g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3273mg | Potassium: 2216mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 2785IU | Vitamin C: 39.1mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 9.6mg

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 8th of June 2023

Any changes if I use a pizza stone?

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 9th of June 2023

The pizza stone help develop a crisp base but you can use a preheated cast iron skillet, a perforated pizza pan (steel plate), or a preheated heavy bottom skillet.

Eke favour

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Thanks for the recipe What about using fresh tomatoes for the topping

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 30th of April 2023

I haven't tried this before. You can customize it to your taste, Favour.

Ozeto khadijah

Monday 6th of March 2023

Home made pizzas are the best oooo, I really enjoyed mine. Thanks chef lola

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 30th of April 2023

Homemade pizzas are delicious. Glad you enjoyed it, Ozeto👍

Bukola Musa

Friday 29th of July 2022

Good recipes


Sunday 3rd of July 2022

Please don't you have a wathsapp group so you can give us some lecture about it

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Sorry Adeolu, no, I don't have a any WhatsApp group.