Whether you prefer your pizza thick or thin, simple or lavish, child-pleasing or a little more grown-up, we’ve got a recipe for you. And should you be wondering whether you truly need a pizza stone before you kick your takeout habit, we can answer that question for you, too.
Ever notice how even the worst day can be made a bit better by a big ol’ slice of pizza? (I wonder if that was why our high school always served pizza–and blondies–on those Fridays when report cards were handed out. Hmmm.)
Regardless, ask any kid, and he’ll tell you: pizza = happiness. It’s so adored by all, the USDA should make pizza the foundation of the food pyramid. What other food can pull off meats, vegetables, and even fruits?
But this beloved comestible isn’t without controversy. Thick or thin crust? (Thin, natch.) White or red sauce? (Either.) Pineapple? (Bite your tongue!) Clams? (Certainly.) But my favorite: Is deep-dish actually pizza or just a casserole with an identity crisis?
Whatever your thoughts on this humble food originally from Naples, Italy, we’ve got a version for you.
New York Style Pizza
After trying several recipes using both homemade and store-bought dough and paying for a few online courses I found this and tried it out. It is the ONLY one that came out like I expected and wanted.
I am a born and bred Brooklynite so I know what NY pizza is supposed to be like, and this is it. I only tried it one time and the recipe worked just like it says. The dough and the sauce were perfect.–Robert K.
We have made this several times now. It is excellent! My husband loves it. It is worth the time and the effort. It is one of my specialties now!–Dawn
Despite being quite simple with no more than five ingredients, this white pizza recipe combines everything perfectly to create a delicate dish that’s undoubtedly one of the most famous pizzas in the world. The softness of mozzarella with the depth of the ricotta brings great flavor to the recipe, which would not be the same without the ricotta. Salt also prevents it from being too plain a dish.
However, as suggested, the pizza becomes better with a bit of garlic and some basil leaves sprinkled on top, so I wouldn’t hesitate to incorporate these ingredients.–Cinto F.
Mushrooms and shallots are a classic combo that work wonderfully on pizza, especially with mozzarella and ricotta! And the thyme and oregano give you just the right spice (of course red pepper flakes are a must when you’re eating!).
If you’re a homemade pizza lover, might be worth getting a pizza peel to slip a pie onto the stone. Quick and easy (with help for some cornmeal). They’re pretty inexpensive.–Greg C.
This recipe was incredible! Ended up grilling the pizza and adding chicken and artichoke hearts.–Andrea
This is a terrific pan pizza recipe! I made it this week and substituted Italian sausage for the pepperoni, along with sauteed mushrooms. It can be assembled very quickly (I used frozen pizza dough from Whole Foods), and there will be enough sauce for three more pizzas.
It was just as good the next day, reheated, for lunch. I know it will become a regular on the pizza night menu in this house.–Donna
Homemade Pizza FAQs
What’s the best temperature to bake pizza at?
The hotter, the better! Most pizza recipes call for a temperature around 500°F, which is about as hot as many ovens will get. If you can get the temperature of your oven a little higher, go for it.
How long does it take to cook pizza at home?
It depends on the temperature of your oven. If you are cooking at a temperature of 500°F or above, or grilling the pizza, it may be ready in just 8 minutes. At a temperature of 450°F, or with a thicker crust, it can take 10 to 15 minutes.
What’s the most popular type of pizza?
Pepperoni pizza is generally a crowd favorite, but if you’re making pizza for a group, offer a few different types. White pizza is a great vegetarian choice, and simple cheese pizza is always a good choice for children.
As you can see from the list above, there’s no wrong answer when it comes to pizza toppings. Be certain to start with good pizza dough and good pizza sauce, then get creative and let us know your favorite combinations in a comment below.
Still looking for more inspiration? Check out our entire collection of pizza recipes.