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Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

Easy homemade pizza is a quick and easy alternative to making your own dough and healthier than take-out pizza!

Homemade pizza with toppings next to jar of pizza sauce
Originally, we used Leonardo's Pizza Sauce for this recipe. Unfortunately, Leonardo's is no longer in business. We will miss their product!

Homemade pizza is always a top request in our house. It's super easy to make and customize to everyone's tastes.

The biggest fan, however, is definitely Nikolai. Since he's on the less-adventurous side of trying new ingredients, homemade pizzas are the way to go for us. The benefit is two-fold: We get to monitor the ingredients for "junk" and he isn't inspecting each little tiny piece and speck of everything.

If you have picky eaters in your home, homemade pizza may just be the answer to choosing healthier options without sacrificing flavor.

For our first creation, we started with classic pepperoni pizza recipe,
and Leonardo’s Original Sauce. It was a major hit! I mean, who doesn't like pizza?

What's the Best Store Bought Pizza Dough?

After a few trial and errors, we've found that Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust is the best store bought pizza dough.

It's super easy to roll out and make it to your liking. Small, large, thick, thin, round, square... you can do a LOT of variations with this dough.

Involving Kids in the Kitchen

There are many studies out there about the intellectual development linked to kids getting involved in cooking in their early years. It doesn't have to be Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon, just get them in an apron and doing something.

Nikolai really enjoyed being able to determine how much of each ingredient his part of the pizza included. It allowed him to let his creative light shine, gets him away from the electronics, and gets the conversation flowing! I always grew up in the kitchen with my parents and grandparents, so I am thrilled I get to carry on the tradition. 

How to Make Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

First, unroll your refrigerated pizza dough. Mold the dough according to the thickness desired on your Pizzacraft Pizza Stone.

ProTip: Let the kids mold the dough and give them some control in the kitchen. We aren't striving for the perfect pizza, but we are making sure to incorporate fun and learning during the cooking process. 🙂

Nikolai spreading sauce on homemade pizza dough

Spoon your sauce onto the middle of the flattened pizza dough, and spread around. Then, cheese it up with some Mozzarella. Sprinkle it all around, about an inch from the edges.

Nikolai spreading cheese on homemade pizza dough

Top with your favorite meats and veggies. For our recipe, we went classic pepperoni and cheese, because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?

Follow the directions for baking on the pizza dough can. We baked ours until it’s gold and bubbly on top. Now, slice the pie and serve it up with Pizzacraft’s serving utensils. Enjoy the saucy goodness!

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Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

A classic pizza recipe, available to customize any way you choose!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 can Pillsbury Pizza Crust thin or crispy
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 jar Pizza Sauce
  • Other Toppings of Your Choice!


  • Preheat oven according to directions on can. If using classic crust: Heat oven to 425°F.
  • Unroll Pillsbury Pizza Crust from can and place on pizza stone or baking sheet.
  • Spoon sauce onto the dough and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle cheese across pizza. Be sure to cover all the way to the edges.
  • Top with your favorite pizza ingredients.
  • Bake for 14-18 minutes, until edges are golden and cheese is melted.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 628mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
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