How to make pizza at home that's better than takeout

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Published: Oct 9, 2021 · Modified: Jul 30, 2022 by Jenna Passaro · This post may contain tiếp thị liên kết links.

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Learn how khổng lồ make pizza at home! This is theonly guide you’ll ever need for making homemade pizza in the oven.There are just a few secrets & tips for making pizza at trang chủ with store bought dough. This recipe is so simple you can make pizza at home without a pizza stone or a rolling pin. You don’t even need lớn makehomemade pizza dough! All you need is ~20 minutes, a sheet pan,pre-made store bought dough, & a desire to lớn eat delicious homemade pizza.

There are a few secrets & tips khổng lồ making pizza at home with store bought dough. This one is topped with ham, cheese and fresh basil.

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With this step-by-step guide lớn making homemade pizza, you’ll learn:

Where to buy fresh pizza doughpre-madeHow to store pizza dough so it’s ready for pizza night any day of the weekTips for getting pizza dough to lớn riseTechniques forstretching store bought dough (once you learn my tips for how to stretch pizza dough for sheet pan pizza, you’ll be a pro)How topre bake pizza crust before adding toppingsPizza toppingsThe best oven temperature for pizza made at home

At the end of this post is one of my favorite home pizza recipe ideas.

With a few tips, you can turn premade dough into delicious, chewy pizza crust.

Ready for 10+ years worth of secrets và tips for making pizza at home with store bought dough?

First, you have khổng lồ know how lớn get premade dough to rise… my method will help the ready made pizza dough double in kích thước at room temperature.

Example of store bought dough from Trader Joe’s. The one on the left was frozen, và has been thawed overnight in the fridge. It is rising on the counter. The premade dough on the right was not mix on the counter lớn rise. Notice the difference for comparison.

Have frozen dough from the grocery store? kiểm tra out this tasty pizza with frozen premade pizza crust.

Shop at Whole Foods? kiểm tra out my BBQ chicken recipe on Whole Foods pizza dough.

How to lớn get pizza dough to lớn rise

Many people struggle with the very first step of making pizza at home with store bought dough. That’s because stretching store bought dough is difficult when it’s cold.

Pizza dough needs at least 30 minutes & up to 3 hours to rise, outside of the fridge.

Here’s an easy trick to lớn allow the dough plenty of time to lớn rise.Set it near a window or wrap it in a kitchen towel và set it on the counter. If you’re short on time, use a kitchen towel straight out of the dryer – a little heat will help.

Here’s another trick. If you’re making pizza at home soon after buying ingredients at the store, let the pre-made dough sit by a sunny oto window on the ride home. Growing up, that’s what my mom always did.

See tips on choosing the best store bought pizza crust for pizza night.

Once the pizza dough rises, it’s time khổng lồ shape the dough.

How lớn shape pizza dough

Shaping rectangle pizzafor a sheet pan is very, very easy once you get the hang of it.

Watch the đoạn clip with the recipe at the bottom of this page for step by step instructions.

Or follow these step-by-step photo instructions to lean how to lớn stretch pizza dough.

Step 1-2.

Lightly flour a large work space like a butcher block, cutting board, or clean counter.

Press both sides of the fresh dough against the lightly floured surface.

Step 3-4.

First, work the outside of the pizza dough by pinching it with your fingers khổng lồ make the crust.

Next, working against a flat surface, move to lớn the center of the dough và push the dough outward to lớn make a larger base. As you expand the dough, pick up a light dusting of flour, which will help the kích cỡ of the dough grow.

Step 5.

Once the dough has spread as far as possible against the cutting board, gently pick up the dough.

With your hands under the dough, use your knuckles lớn stretch the dough in vertical & horizontal motions.

Adding a little flour will help the dough expand.

Step 6-8.

Work the dough until it is expands enough to cover your sheet pan.

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Go back và forth between pushing the dough and using your knuckles as needed.

Add light dustings of flour as needed to lớn help the dough retain the progress you’ve made.Don’t worry about the dough being a perfect shape.All pizzas are beautiful.

At any time, patch holes as they appear by folding over the dough.

Step 9.

Prepare a rimmed baking sheet withparchment paper and a drizzle of olive oil.

Step 10.

Gently transfer the pizza dough to lớn the baking sheet.

Push out the premade dough as far as it will go towards the edge of the baking sheet.

Shaping round pizzais similar, but you will begin by forming the dough into a perfectly round ball. Follow the instructions above, but instead of pulling the dough in vertical & horizontal motions, you’ll want lớn stretch the dough in a circular motion. It’s easy to lớn make a classic round pizza with this ventilated pizza pan.

Don’t địa chỉ toppings yet! First,par-bake the premade dough

It’s super important to lớn pre bake the pizza crust once beforeadding pizza toppings.

Follow the recipe at the over of this post for details on how khổng lồ to par-bake the pizza dough at 450 degrees in the middle rack of the oven.

After the dough bakes “naked”, add the toppings và bake the pizza

When making pizza at home, it’s crucial to lớn using a really high temperature, once you địa chỉ the toppings, khổng lồ get restaurant chất lượng pizza.

After par-baking the pizza dough, địa chỉ the toppings và finish baking pizza in the oven at 500 degrees until the cheese melts. This final bake will take about 7-10 minutes.

Where to buy premade store bought pizza dough

Buy fresh premade pizza dough at a local bakery, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

Trader Joe’s also has a garlic và herb pizza dough that’s quite tasty. See my post onTrader Joe’s Pizza Dough Tips.

How lớn store pizza dough in the fridge or freezer

If you don’t plan khổng lồ use store bought pizza dough for a few days or weeks, keep it fresh in the fridge or freezer.

In the fridge, premade pizza dough will stay fresh for a few days.

In the freezer, pizza dough can last a couple of months. When you’re ready khổng lồ defrost pizza dough, move it lớn the fridge overnight. Then take it out in the morning khổng lồ expand in time for dinner.

My freezer is always stocked with pizza dough and frozen cheese. And my pantry is always stocked with pizza seasoning and pizza sauce. And, thanks to lớn my husband, my fridge is always stocked with craft beer khổng lồ go with the pizza.

Pizza topping ideas

Sauce –Classic red pizza sauce, BBQ sauce, Alfredo sauce, or a simple garlic và olive oil for a white pizza, as used in this pear and goat cheese pizza.

Cheese – Traditionalmozzarella is a popular melting cheese, as is fontina and cheddar. If you’re looking for a cheese with bold flavor, try bleu cheese, smoked gouda or goat cheese sprinkled on đứng top of a melting cheese.

Meats, fruit & veggies – If you’re looking for something outside of traditional toppings (pepperoni, ham, sous vide chicken, sausage, sous vide bacon,), get creative with seasonal fruits & vegetables.

For fruits, try roasted cherry tomatoes, grilled pineapple, pears, cherries, & apples.

For vegetables, try butternut squash, zucchini & caramelized red onions. And don’t forget aboutfresh herbs for pizza! add delicate herbs like basil after the pizza is done baking in the oven.

Here’s a quality way to showroom flavor… make Smoked Traeger pizza – right on the pellet grill.

The good ol’ beer và pizza pairing

Not a pizza ingredient, per se…. But beer can be a great addition to pizza, even if you’re no longer in college.Looking for a beer + pizza pairing?

My friend Sarah, another Portland blogger at Twenty Something and Tipsy has milkshake IPAs to mô tả with you… She made her version of this homemade pizza recipe with store bought dough from Trader Joe’s.

Her premade grocery store pizza is topped with sauteed mushrooms and vegan sausage. Sarah likes khổng lồ dip her pizza in ranch dressing.

My own big fat pizza fail…

I’ve been making pizza at home in the oven or on the grill for over a decade. (whenever I say something has lasted a decade I feel suuuuuuper old!) One time a grill accidentally caught on fire, but that was a manageable fail. My brother saved the day with a fire extinguisher và now we have an almost-caught-the-house-on-fire story khổng lồ laugh about.

Another time, I left store bought pizza dough outside on a deck table lớn rise. Can you blame me? It sounded lượt thích a great idea to lớn have the dough rise in the sun, mother nature’s original dough heater.

Well, this turned out to lớn be a horrible idea due to lớn a hungry critter. When I glanced out the window to kiểm tra the progress of my dough, I found a squirrel eating the dough through the bag.

Long story short, don’t get rabies when making pizza at trang chủ with store bought dough. Let it rise inside.

I’m so excited to lớn spread the word about this easy khổng lồ make at home pizza recipe! I’ve made so many friends with readers who have successfully made this pizza, I hope you’re next on the list!

Tasty tips + notes for making homemade pizza

Avoid the struggle of stretching pizza dough by letting it rise in advance.Never địa chỉ cửa hàng toppings to raw pizza dough.Cook the pizza twice. First, cook the premade dough “naked” without any toppings. On the second trip lớn the oven, showroom all the ingredients và cook the pizza until the cheese melts & the crust is golden brown.Brush olive oil around the perimeter of the dough khổng lồ create a golden crust.Season the crust.Sprinkle the crust with parmesan và a light sprinkle of salt.Add any fresh herbs, lượt thích basil, after the pizza is done baking (so the herbs don’t wilt)

One of my favorite pizzas is BBQ chicken pizza. Learnhow to lớn make chicken breastin under 20 minutes so you can add it to pizza, too.

The Perfect Pizza Setup

Want to lớn make restaurant style pizza at home? I’ve got you covered! Here are some of my đứng đầu tips, tricks, secret ingredients and tools for a pizza night everyone will look forward to, again and again.

Herbs are for after… In my weekly pizza making practice, I’ve found that fresh herbs, lượt thích basil,need to be added to lớn pizza afterthe pizza is done baking (so the herbs don’t wilt).

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