Homemade Pizza Recipe

Many days of the week we have an unexpected number teens pop over at the house after school or sports..we are walking distance from the High School my son attends.  Sometimes they are here for only little while and sometimes they stay until 9:00 at night. 

I never know how many to expect for dinner!  I can tell you however when 6 hungry teen boys come through the front door after a long day at school and a few hours of track practice..I better have something to feed them.


So how can I afford to do that?  How can I be prepared to feed this small army?  I’ll tell you what I do…

I have a Top Secret Homemade Pizza Recipe!

Last night was one of those nights that my son came home bringing a bunch of friends.  I had not prepared a big dinner because I had no idea they were coming..but I was prepared.  I had plenty of fixings to make homemade Pizza!  It is sooo easy and I ALWAYS have these ingredients on hand!  You can even prepare these pizza’s ahead of time and freeze.


All you need for two pizza’s is:

  • 2 Cups warm water
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T yeast

Whisk together and let the yeast proof..this means you let it sit and get foamy/bubbly (about 10 minutes)

Then add:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 5 Cups flour  ( you can use any kind of flour)  If you use wheat..be sure and mix only 1/2 wheat with 1/2 white or it will be too dry.

Mix thoroughly and then knead for 5 minutes,  after kneading,  put back into bowl and cover with a cloth,  let rise for about an hour.  When done,  split dough in half and roll out 2 pizzas. 

Ok..now for my lazy secret..spread canned spaghetti sauce on top of pizza.. add Mozzarella cheese and then anything else you want.  If you would like to make your own sauce here is my deelish recipe:

Pizza Sauce

  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • 1 t salt..I don’t use hardly any of this
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder

This is really deelish sauce..but like I said sometimes I’m lazy Smile

By the way…give up on making your pizza perfectly round..it takes the fun out of cooking.Confused smile


Do you know how to make bread dough?  Are you intimidated by the term “knead” your dough?  If so..leave a comment..ask questions and let’s take the mystery out of this time saving,  money saving idea! 

Tired of the same ol tomato sauce Pizza?  You will love this Super Simple Garlic Pizza Recipe!

Or Maybe you would be interested in what else you can make with this deeelish Pizza Dough

What else can I make with Pizza Dough


Don’t forget to come back and let me know how your Pizza turned out and what else you made with the dough!

If you are wondering what kitchen tools might me helpful for making pizza, these are my all time faves:

Linking up with these parties!


  1. Sandy Keith says

    Our house was always like that too. We had but two kids, but that isn’t how many hung out at our place. I was always glad to have the extras. From the time the kids were small, I’d much rather have had them at our house than someone’s whose parents I didn’t know.

    • says

      Hi Sandy! Yes I would totally rather have the kids at our house..I feel blessed that the Lord recently moved us right by the High School. Thank you so much for stopping by! You are one busy lady and a great example to me :) Blessings!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing Shari! I found your blog through the Saved by Grace Blog Hop. As a working Mom, I don’t do a great job of cooking but I’m trying to start! I just started a cooking challenge for myself, so I’m sure your blog will help me to find easy and delicious recipes to make for my family!
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    • says

      Hi Katherine! I’m so glad you “hopped” over from the Saved By Grace Blog Hop!! It’s so hard when you are a working Mom to have the energy every night to fix a healthy meal..I know..I did it for YEARS :) I have some great Chicken and Ground Beef freezer meals you could try that are REALLY EASY! I hope these help and look forward to seeing you around! Blessings!

    • says

      Hi Kecia! I hope you will try it..because it really is soooo easy! It’s not as mysterious as it seems..all this breadmaking stuff :) Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

    • says

      Yes I think some of those pizzaria’s have their secret ingredients! LOL..but this is pretty close and you can do some experimenting with it too. Hope you will try it :) Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

  3. says

    Love it: “Give up on making your pizza perfectly round” lol When my son was younger, we used to make pizza often and it always came out an octagon shape.

  4. says

    Oh, this looks so good! I usually use Jiffy pizza crust mix, because it’s so fast. But I’ve always wanted to make the dough from scratch! It’s interesting that you use brown sugar. I’ve never tried that. Does it tasted different from using white?
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    • says

      Hi Ginny! Yay for those Jiffy mixes..I use them for lot’s of things too :) I hope you’ll try the dough sometime though..it’s so easy!! Sunday I will have some other suggestions on how to use the dough that I think you and your family will like…especially the girls :) Brown sugar is just a tiny bit more healthy..only because of the molasses in it :) White sugar is a bit more sweet and more refined.

    • says

      Mmmm I love homemade bread too DM..the problem is that I love to eat it just as much LOL! It is much healthier to make your own for sure. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

  5. Beth Ann says

    Hi there! I just stumbled upon your site by looking for homemade hot pockets; my kids know I don’t buy them and keep begging for me to find out how to make them. :)

    Anywhoo, your pizza dough recipe says to use half and half, wheat and white. If I’m using white whole wheat flour would I still need to mix wheat and white? (I’m terribly uniformed on what all this means, and just thought I’d ask you!)

    Thanks for any help!

    • says

      Hi Beth Ann! So happy you stumbled by! :) No you wouldn’t need to mix half and half :) Especially since you are used to using a white whole wheat flour anyway. Hope this helps and hope your kids LOVE the hot pockets..mine do..AND you can put anything in them you like :) Thanks for stopping by and blessings to you and your kiddos!

  6. Kathleen says

    What temp and how long? We’re gonna try 400 and start checking after ten minutes. My 13 yrs old son is making this and we’re about to toss it in the oven. He was in heaven smelling the dough!!’

    • says

      Hi Kathleen! Perfect temp and timing…unless you like a crispier crust then up the temp to 425 :) Yay for your son..and you of course since you get to eat his creation! :) Blessings!!

    • says

      Yay! So happy you LOVED it :) It will be a must in your meal planning now! LOL for some other ideas of what to do with that deelish dough you can go here and make some more yummy stuff that your son will also LOVE! Many blessings Kathleen and thank for letting my know the results of your pizza adventure! You blessed my day! :)

  7. Carrie says

    Hi Sheri, This looks wondreful! I am into freezing meals for easier dinners. Would you put this in the oven frozen or let it thaw first? Thank you.

  8. Annette P says

    My dough is rising as I write this 😉 I found you google-ing homemade hot pockets. Great recipe! I am going to fill mine with chicken, bacon, cheddar and low fat ranch. I also used agave nectar in my dough and half whole wheat flour. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  9. Susan Sims says

    I can’t wait to try the hot pockets with homemade pizza dough! I make homemade bread, homemade cinnamon rolls and homemade coffee bread (same recipe for the last 2 just fix differently at the end! Family recipe! And it takes ALL day- but so worth it!). Do you cook your pizza sauce or just mix it up and pour? On regular bread I knead till it isn’t sticky and can pat it like a baby’s bottom (trick grandma taught me). Do you do the same with pizza dough?! God bless you and I love your site!

    • says

      Hi Susan..thank you so much for all of your sweet messages! Well let’s see..for my hot pockets I use the same pizza dough and it doesn’t take long at all. Mix up the dough, let it rise and then that’s it..ready to roll!

      As far as spanking it…LOL

      I have heard of this many times..but I don’t actually do that. I think probably because I wouldn’t actually spank a baby’s behind. LOL But it is definitely the old fashion term :) And yes I know that they wouldn’t spank a baby either LOL I can tell it’s ready when it doesn’t stick to the counter.

      Sometimes I will put the pizza sauce into the microwave and heat it for about 1 minute..just enough to mix the flavors together..then I let it sit while my dough is rising..YUM it makes a great sauce :) If I forget the sauce until the last minute..I still heat it for a minute and it’s still good :)

      Enjoy the Pizza and Hot Pockets! And thank you sooo much for stopping by and blessing me!

    • says

      Hi Brianna! Thank you for asking and good point for sure :) It would be the small 8oz can. I’ll have to fix that in the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and blessings to you!


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