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30 Minute Homemade Pizza

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Make a fast dinner with this 30 Minute Homemade Pizza! Fresh from scratch dough recipe with your favorite Italian toppings, perfect for a busy weeknight or pizza party. Just 30 minutes from the time you mix the dough to when it is ready to serve.
An entire 30 Minute Homemade Pizza topped with peppers, pepperoni, and onion sitting on a baking sheet

You can make a 30 Minute Homemade Pizza completely from scratch! This Italian recipe is perfect for pizza night and a weeknight. Use any sauce, cheese, and toppings as desired.

An entire 30 Minute Homemade Pizza topped with peppers, pepperoni, and onion sitting on a baking sheet

Why You Will Love This Recipe

In just 30 minutes you can make a homemade pizza from start to finish – perfect for a weeknight dinner idea!

Top this pizza crust with any of your favorite toppings, and see below for our collection of pizza ideas.

This crust is light with great texture, all in just 30 minutes from when you mix the dough to when it is on the table.

30 Minute Homemade Pizza cut into pieces and sitting on a metal sheet pan

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to make a homemade pizza crust:

  • Flour
  • Instant Yeast
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Pizza Sauce and Toppings of Choice
The ingredients needed to make a 30 Minute Homemade Pizza dough in a bowl before mixing

Equipment

This is the equipment you need to make homemade pizza dough:

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Bowl
  • Baking Sheet (or Pizza Stone)

Instruction Overview

Preheat your oven.

Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, using as much flour as needed until it is soft and slightly sticky.

Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, and let it sit to rest.

The pizza dough before kneading
The dough before kneading
The pizza dough after being kneaded
The dough after being kneaded

Prepare your toppings while you wait!

Spread the dough out on your baking sheet and pinch up the crust edges.

Top with any toppings you like – see our collection of fun pizza toppings below!

A hand pinching the edge of the rolled out dough to make the crust
Pinching the dough edge to make the crust
The raw pizza dough rolled out with a seasoned crust edge
The dough with a seasoned crust edge
A hand adding toppings on top of a pizza with sauce and cheese before baking
Adding the sauce, cheese, and toppings

Bake until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden.

Modifications and Substitutions

Add flavors to this dough that will compliment the toppings you are using! Use any of the following pizza crust flavors to incorporate into this dough. Just use HALF of what is listed in these recipes as they are intended for two crusts:

And find our recipes for various pizza toppings and flavors below!

Close view of the crust of a 30 Minute Homemade Pizza

Kim’s Tips

No need for your pizza to be perfectly round! Just make sure it fits in the pan you are using and don’t worry about the shape.

Get a hole in the dough? Just pinch it back together!

FAQs

What temperature do you bake homemade pizza?

For this recipe, we are baking at 425F.
A hotter temperature helps the crust rise and bake through.

How long should you cook homemade pizza?

Cook until the cheese is melting and the crust is turning a light golden brown. This takes approximately 15 minutes.

Can I cook pizza on a cookie sheet?

Yes!

Should I bake pizza dough before topping?

It depends on the recipe. Many traditional pizza doughs do require some par-baking (before topping) (such as our traditional doughs) but this specific recipe does not require it!

More Pizza Recipes – Topping Ideas

A finished 30 Minute Homemade Pizza after being cooked and sitting on a baking sheet. Topped with pepperoni, jalapeno, and onion
Pin of 30 Minute Homemade Pizza after cooking with title at top
An entire 30 Minute Homemade Pizza topped with peppers, pepperoni, and onion sitting on a baking sheet

30 Minute Homemade Pizza

Make a fast dinner with this 30 Minute Homemade Pizza! Fresh from scratch dough recipe with your favorite Italian toppings, perfect for a busy weeknight or pizza party. Just 30 minutes from the time you mix the dough to when it is ready to serve.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 pizza (12 inches wide)
Calories: 956kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (more or less, from 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 cups, it depends on how dry your flour is)
  • 1 envelope instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • dough flavoring of choice, if desired
  • pizza sauce
  • cheese as desired, such as mozzarella
  • toppings as desired or based on recipe

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Combine 1 cup flour, yeast​, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 envelope instant yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup very warm water, 3 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. (You will likely not need all 2 cups of flour – I typically end up using maybe 1.5 cups).
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Pat or roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is approximately 12 inches wide.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet (spread out a little oil across the sheet). Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.
  • Spread your pizza sauce across the dough.
  • Sprinkle the cheese across the sauce. Add your desired toppings.
  • Brush the edge of the crust with a little more oil and sprinkle with seasonings such as garlic powder, if desired.
  • Bake on lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.
  • Cut and serve immediately.

Notes

If you do not have a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water, the water should be very warm but not too hot.  If too hot, it will kill the yeast and the dough will not rise.
Use up to 2 Tablespoons of seasonings in the dough if desired, such as oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, rosemary, etc.
Use this dough for any homemade pizza recipe with any sauce, cheese, and toppings as desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pizza crust (minus toppings) | Calories: 956kcal | Carbohydrates: 200g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1761mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 12mg
By on March 9th, 2023

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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