Homemade Pizza Recipe [E]

This homemade pizza recipe is very, very dangerous.  It’s so easy, and so delicious, that I’m temped to make it WAY too often.  And it’s *so* easy.  Even my two year old thinks it’s great fun to make pizza!

We have this at least once a week, on our Friday Family Night.  Fridays are the day we clean house, put away all the school stuff, and veg out in front of a movie.

Which reminds me: I am grounded from picking out movies from Redbox.  It’s a self-inflicted grounding, for the good of all involved.

They stock some really, really, really lame kids movies.

Sorry kids.

The pizza will make up for it, right?

I’ve tested a lot of different homemade pizza recipes.  I’ve hauled out the food processor, preheated for 20 minutes.  I’ve invested in a pizza peel and baking stone…I’ve tossed crusts into the air. All with fairly satisfactory results.

But there is TRULY no need for all the fuss and pretense here.  This is just flat out the best pizza crust I’ve ever made, and it couldn’t be simpler.

Start with this easy bread recipe.  It’s life changing.

You can mix up a fresh batch now, if you don’t already have one going in the fridge.  Four ingredients, stirred up, and let it rise for 2 hours.  Then you can leave it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

But you won’t because it’s SO good you’ll use it up way faster.  This stuff is totally addictive.  A whole recipe yields two large pizza crusts.  Here is the batch that I keep going in my fridge at all times:

Now, as soon as your two hour rise is up, you can go ahead and use the dough.

Special Note: If you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, give your dough a few days to rest in the fridge to lower the carb impact prior to using.  So that means that Friday pizza needs to start on Tuesday to get the dough ready.  Actually, I usually start next week’s dough on Friday as I use up the rest from last week.

If you’re serious about making good pizza at home, then I strongly recommend getting a pizza peel and a baking stone.  Not because they add a lot to the taste, but they sure do make it easier to get your crust into and out of the oven.

I’ve flagged a cool set with free shipping in my Amazon Store if you are interested.  I think Target carries them too (but the set from Amazon is cheaper!)

As I was saying, you don’t *have* to have them, but a pizza stone makes a great crispy ‘brick oven’ style crust.

Also, you’ll need a sheet of parchment paper approximately the size of your pizza peel.  Foil won’t work.  It will stick to the crust like you’ve applied walpaper paste, and peel off in tiny shards that mock your fillings.  Foil covered pizza crust is not good.  Wax paper?  Also a no-go.  If you don’t have parchment paper, then just stick with using a pizza pan this time around.

Hang with me…we’re gonna have hot pizza in our hands in less than 25 minutes!

Baking Your Homemade Pizza

Put your baking stone into the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.

If you’re new to baking stones, there is something you need to know.  They’re supposed to be ugly and stained up looking.  For real…I’m not just saying that because mine is.  The other thing you need to know is to never ever put frozen food onto a heated baking stone.

Put your parchment paper onto your pizza peel.

Grab half of the pizza dough recipe from the container, and plop it onto the paper.  This is an unusual dough…it’s pretty wet and sticky, but just go with it.

You can get your hands a little damp to keep the dough from sticking.  Smear/spread/press it out on your parchment paper.  My helper is especially gifted at the smash & schmear technique.

I think I usually get a 14 or 15  inch round out it.  I like to leave the edges a little thicker than the middle because I like the crust to be sort of like a fluffy breadstick.

One of the great things about this dough is that it’s no big deal if you get it too thin or make a hole in the dough.

Just schmear more over the spot, and you’re good to go.  I love that.  Most pizza dough recipes that I’ve tried in the past are not self-healing like this.

Kosher salt and the divine Greek Seasoning schprinkle create an amazing crust.  Add grated parmesan, and it’s just epic.
extra yum.

Now, this step is important!  Sprinkle your crust with a few pinches of kosher or coarse ground salt, and add some seasonings of your choice.  I highly recommend the Greek Salad Dressing spice mix.  You can go just around the edges with this, or go over the whole crust to boost the flavor.  I also add a couple of teaspoons of parmesan cheese so that it can brown up in the pre-baking part.

Slide the whole piece of paper with the crust on it into the oven and onto the pizza stone.  (If you don’t have a stone, then just spread the pizza onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan, and slide it in.)

Set the time for 10 minutes, and gather your toppings.

Usually, that means pepperoni and cheese…
but, tonight, we’re going  for a classic cheese pizza with a bit of fresh garlic.

You’ll want about 2 cups of cheese, and your favorite toppings.

Now, the crust won’t be pretty, but it’ll beat the pants off those old Blob-oli shrink-wrapped, cardboard tasting $6.99 crusts at the grocery store.  And I think this crust costs something like .50 to make.
When your timer goes off, take the pizza out, and top with



and cheese.  And whatever else you want on your pizza.

My favorite cheese spreading tip is to dump the whole amount into a mountain in the center,

and then swirl it out to the edges.

I like to add a layer of shredded Parmesan on top and around the crust.  It adds another dimension of flavor: nutty brown and toasty.
Update: we now do this step first, when we add the salt and spices…it gives the Parmesan more time to get toasty and delicious!

Slide this beauty, paper and all back into your 450 degree oven.

Yes, *now* you can lick your fingers.  She just works for the Parmesan cheese.

<whisking helper out of the kitchen>

Bake for about 10 more minutes until it’s brown and bubbly.

Sometimes, I turn on the broiler to toast the cheese a bit.


The crust is crisp on the outside, flavorful, and tender and fluffy on the inside.

The words “authentic” and “home country” have been wafted across the table in moments of pizza induced bliss.  (Although Italy is not really my home country.)

The crust is now my favorite part of the pizza…it’s like a breadstick!

Having pizza once a week makes meal planning that much simpler for me, and I am not hearing any complaints from the troops.

Except for the comments on my movie selections.
Seriously…what’s wrong with Earnest Goes to Camp?

Next time, we’ll talk baked potato pizza [crossover] or focaccia [E].

<kissing fingers>
Caio bella!

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Homemade Pizza Recipe [E]
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This easy homemade pizza recipe is life changing. It's the best and easiest pizza I've ever made. And did I mention that it's easy? And delicious? It's a little dangerous.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
Easy Bread Recipe Dough
In a large, 5 quart container, combine:
  • 3-3½ c. warm water- I use more water for whole wheat version
  • 1 ½ T. kosher or coarse salt
  • 6- 6½ c. of flour (I recommend using 6 cups of all whole wheat if you want this to be THM friendly)
  • 1½ T. yeast (2 packets-any type works)
  • ½ t. coarse kosher salt for the crust
  • Greek seasoning blend sprinkled for the crust
  • 2 t. Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of tomato or pizza sauce of your choice
  • 1½ cups of part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • or any other toppings of your choice! (fat free to keep this in E territory)
Dough Instructions
  1. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough is evenly wet with no dry spots.
  2. Cover your container and allow to rise on the counter for 2 hours.
  3. The dough should double (if using whole wheat) or almost triple in size (white flour) and begin to collapse on itself and flatten on top. You can allow it to rise longer, and it won’t hurt anything.
  4. Chill dough for at least three hours or for 3 days for a THM fermented E bread.
  5. Dough keeps for up to 2 weeks, and yields 2 large pizza crusts.
To Assemble the Pizza:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450º, with a pizza stone on the middle rack.
  2. While oven is heating, lay out a square of parchment paper, and smush out half of the batch of bread dough into a large circle, leaving a thicker rim for the crust. Sometimes, the dough is very wet, and other times it’s very elastic and tough, but it always turns out tasting great…just manhandle it however you need to.
  3. Sprinkle on the crust area with Greek seasoning (or your favorite blend), coarse salt, and Parmesan cheese shreds.
  4. Slide the paper and the dough onto the pizza stone, and bake for 10 minutes. You can make a salad, or gather and prep toppings at this time.
  5. Remove crust, and spread sauce.
  6. Add any "under cheese" toppings, like fresh garlic or mushrooms.
  7. Add cheese in one big mound in the center, and then just spread it to the edges.
  8. Top as desired.
  9. Return the whole deal to the oven for another 10 minutes until it's browned and bubbly.
  10. Allow to cool slightly, and cut into 16 pieces. Serving size is 2 slices, which has less than 2.5 grams of fat per slice and around 15 grams of carbs.
You may add additional cheese and any other toppings for a THM Crossover pizza.
For a photo tutorial, and more amazing homemade pizza recipes, head over to http://www.gwens-nest/family-favorite-recipes/



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    • says

      Hi Amber! You can make it on a cookie sheet instead, but I would not use glass casseroles for this. They shatter over a certain temperature…I had one shatter ALL over my counters one day right after taking it out of the oven. SCARY!

    • bek says

      Ditto on glass! Never heat it above 400 degrees but get a pizza stone TODAY! It doesn’t have to be fancy. I have 2 from Bed Bath and Beyond (when I bought them they were $15 before my coupons!) and it has been a much needed investment for weekly pizza night! Still need to get a pizza peel, though…

    • says

      Yep! So long as you follow the directions and measurements on the recipe, your fat serving would be 5 grams or less. :) If you go all out with the cheese or use a kind that’s full fat, then you’ll hit crossover territory.

  1. Tonya says

    Pizza is in the oven for our snow day. I have made the 5 min a day artisan dough and thought it couldn’t get any easier. Woohoo. Wish I could find a gluten free option for me, but the family is excited for it. I used the Simply Asia ‘Sweet ginger garlic’ in place of the Greek you suggested for on the crust and I know that will be a wonderful substitute. Thank you for thi . Pizza night just went back on the menu.

  2. Kelli says

    First, you are amazing!!! Second, we love the easy bread and really enjoy turning it into to pizza, however, we normally make 3 pizzas from the dough instead of 2. How many pieces do you think would be a serving? And, how many pieces do you typically cut your pizza in to? Thanks!

  3. Tina says

    Hi Gwen,
    New to the THM family and came across your easy bread recipe (in the fridge doing its thing now). Is there a way to make this a thinish crust? Or does it rise like a thicker crust?
    Love your site and your humour! Seriously, great to know i can lose 30 lbs eating bread 😉

  4. Ginger says

    I did a full laugh out loud at the “Ernest Goes to Camp” reference!! I’m not sure WHAT exactly your kids didn’t like…so much to appreciate there!! Hahaha.

  5. Sandra A. says

    I taught my Culinary Class how to make your pizza today! Big hit! What a delicious recipe. Thank you Gwen!

  6. Amber B. says

    Can I just say, “YOU ARE AMAZING!” Thank you so much for these delicious recipes! I feel like I can actually stick to this with NO PROBLEMS because of all your wonderful insights and recipes! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! (I’m still in my first week, and I’ve only been focusing on breakfast like you said, which is helping me immensely to ease into this!! And I am throwing in THM lunches and dinners in here and there. It’s the snacks and dinners I need to get better on, but I will!!) This is my 3rd time around and I think I am doing a TON better because of your advise and recipes! So THANK YOU :)

  7. bek says

    So could I also make my current pizza dough recipe (which has become somewhat legendary if I do say so myself) THM friendly but putting it in the fridge for a week (if I switch to ww flour)? Also, does your recipe still fluff up like these pictures when you use whole wheat? I haven’t transitioned my dough because it always came out flat when I tried even partial whole wheat so I just make regular for everyone else cauli-crust for me (which I am SO tired of). Thanks!

    • says

      Whole wheat doesn’t fluff up like white flour does, but it *does* make an awesome crust! For it to be THM friendly, you definitely want to do whole wheat for a majority of your four. Not sure how traditional crust recipes would fare in the fridge for this long…the higher hydration level of the dough makes it work perfectly. You’ll be surprised at how wet the dough is…you smush it out instead of rolling it. But BOY is it good!

  8. Margaret says

    Hi Gwen! Thanks for this recipe and your fantastic blog. I have made the fermented version of this bread and loved it. I am wondering if I used sprouted WW flour, would it be fine to use after the first rise and still be THM approved? Thoughts?

  9. Kathy Ulrich says

    Hi Gwen! Thank you so much for your recipes. I have a question for you: I just learned about einkorn wheat, and I was wondering if you knew if I could use that in your recipes. Thanks!

    • says

      I’m sure you can, but haven’t used it personally, so I’m not sure what sort of texture and rise you’d get. Start with a flatbread and see what you think!

  10. says

    This sounds WONDERFUL! I do not have children at home, I am 67 years old, and at this point in time carbs and fat amounts don’t worry me, but this sounds so easy and good – tasting, and easy. Can’t wait to try it. I am going grocery shopping today, so guess what my purchases will include?

  11. Lisa G says

    Hi Gwen. Thank you so much for all your recipes and hard work! I am on my second week, started with breakfast and snacks last week to ease into as you suggested 😉
    I was wondering what size your glass container is? (Sorry if you mention it above and I missed it)

  12. MaryAnn Busenitz says

    I am wondering, if I would do less cheese and do a little of turkey bacon or turkey pepperoni’s , would I be able to stay on E territory and have like 3 slices of pizza the same size as it yours? Or maybe two slices when the pizza is cut into 10-12 pieces? And when u just have two small pieces, is that when you have a side with it?

    • says

      The turkey bacon and pepperoni I’ve seen both contain fats, so they’d limit the amount of cheese you could use. You want to stay within the 5 grams of fat for an E meal, or you can choose to cross over if you want to add additional toppings. I always serve this with a big salad on the side. :)

  13. Angela says

    Hi Gwen, I have your easy bread recipe in the fridge as we speak! I’m wondering, what sauce do you use for the pizza?


    • says

      Hi Angela! I’m flexible with the sauce. I either make my own with tomato sauce, some garlic, and some of my Greek seasonings, OR I buy the Aldi’s brand of marinara that doesn’t contain sugar. We like the 3 cheese. Their Priano brand is sugar free. :)

  14. says

    this looks delicious and thrifty. I’ve re read it several times but am confused on the THM serving size.
    It 2 pieces cut from 1 pizza made with 1/2 of the dough recipe.
    Or do you cut the 2 pieces in a serving from the 2 pizzas (cut into 16 pieces total) made from the whole recipe of dough?

  15. Jodi says

    Curious about the “rise”. I found the smae glass container and i only can get it to rise halfway! Your picture shows it filled to the top. What am i doing wrong? My yeast? Water temp seems room temp enough…. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Almond flour is too different from wheat, so I don’t think it would work at all. I use almond flour very, very rarely because it’s SO calorie dense and because it’s SO expensive. :) But you can try this recipe with other grains, and I’d bet that there are some almond flour crusts recipes out there already.

  16. Kathy Ringblom says

    Hi, Gwen. I’ve tried to make the pizza crust recipe twice with whole wheat flour so it’s THM friendly and cannot get the dough to rise. Sometimes I think my house has some sort of yeast aversion :). It barely raises an inch and I’ve left it out 2-3 hours. Is there a THM version using a different flour or do you have any ideas on what I could be doing wrong? Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Kathy,
      Since there are so few ingredients here, the problem has to be the yeast. I’d buy a new batch and double check the expiration date on it. The good news is that you can just stir in fresh yeast into your non-rising dough and that should do the trick! Also, just use room temp water…don’t even bother heating it up at all and see if that helps.

    • says

      Hi Sue! I did post a link to a GF option on the Easy Bread FAQ post. :)

      A pizza peel is a wooden or metal paddle that you can spread and top your dough on, and then slide it into the oven. It just makes it easier to transfer the pizza onto the super hot stone. :) But you can just as easily use a pizza pan if you want to, and just slide it in.

  17. AnnaMichelle Worthley says

    I tried your Easy Bread recipe again the other day, and am happy to say that I finally got good results. I tweaked a few things from the times I tried it before…and now I know of a few other things I still need to tweak, but it came out much better….and I’m looking forward to trying the pizza crust tonight. I’m tired of either not eating pizza with my family on Friday nights, or succumbing to the store bought dough or take out that leaves me feeling bloated and yucky (at best). I don’t even care if it ends up being a crossover….just so long as its healthy and doesn’t leave me feeling bad! :-)

    But I just have to say, thank you for the Earnest Goes to Camp comment! I really got a good chuckle out of that! Earnest movies were my favorite growing up. I appreciated that little touch of humor in there! LOL!!! :-) (My kids would probably be rolling their eyes at me too. 😉 Hmmm….actually….you just gave me an idea for our next movie night…..)

    • says

      Awesome, Anna! Hahaha! I hope you enjoy movie night. This is our VERY favorite pizza crust in the history of EVER- be sure to do the cheese and salt/seasonings. It makes a huge difference. :)

  18. Carol says

    Hi, My question is can I go ahead and make some pizza crust and then freeze them and pull out as needed? My extended family is going on vacation, and we usually order in pizza one night and I’d love to take this along for the people who like to eat healthy? Or can I transport as a ball of dough? I’d love to hear what you think..TIA

    • says

      Hi Carol,
      I’ve taken the dough on vacation! The other option is to par bake (10 minutes) and then freeze. Thaw, top, and bake for another 10-15 mins when you get there. :)