A Simple Pizza Recipe

I’ve often heard people say that pizza is unhealthy: it’s greasy, fatty, bad for our bodies. But I disagree. Pizza can be a healthy addition to a recipe repertoire if you make it yourself and use good ingredients. This is a staple for us. I make a pizza every single week because it’s fairly easy and everyone loves it. Plus, there are so many different options for toppings, you can have a different pizza every week.

From start to finish, this pizza takes 3 hours, mostly unattended.

Ingredients for pizza dough:

3 cups flour (or 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 cup cornmeal) plus extra if necessary.

1 tbl olive oil

1 tsp sugar

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1 1/2 tsp salt


About 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese (or 1 1/2 lbs grated)

1-2 cups pizza/tomato sauce

optional toppings (these are nearly endless): pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, ground sausage, etc. Try greek pizza with cooked chicken, spinach, feta, olives, artichokes and pesto instead of tomato sauce.



Combine water, yeast and salt. Let sit until yeast is dissolved.


Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour with olive oil and sugar. When the yeast is dissolved in the water, add mixture to flour.  Stir with wooden spoon for 8-10 minutes.


Then add the remaining flour and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (should take 2-3 minutes).


Place dough in a greased bowl, turn the dough over and cover in the bowl for an hour or until nearly doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

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Roll or gently stretch the dough until it fits onto a greased cookie sheet. Spoon and spread out the pizza sauce on the dough, then add mozarella and other toppings.

Bake for 17-20 minutes. Divide with a pizza cutter and enjoy (We always make a yummy salad to go along with it)!


* I adapted this pizza dough recipe several years ago from an online source that has since disappeared. Wherever you are pizza dough recipe creator..forgive me for not giving you credit!

Christiana is the creator and manager of this collaborative blog. She has postgrad degrees in theology and creative writing from St Andrews University in Scotland. She lives with her family in intentional Christian community in rural Illinois. While her husband farm manages, she writes, sings, gardens, cares for their two kiddos, cooks, preserves food and attempts to homemake. She also blogs


5 thoughts on “A Simple Pizza Recipe

  1. We do homemade pizza every Friday, and my recipe sounds a lot like yours. Since we moved away from Chicago (city of amazing pizza), I’m rarely tempted to order pizza. It’s too easy to make and always tastes better. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to make a good gluten-free, dairy-free pizza for my allergic son, so he always gets an Amy’s brand frozen pizza.

    • Yeah, that’s the only downside of pizza…if you have a gluten-free or dairy free family member. I haven’t figured out how to modify the recipe for when my sisters or mother come to visit. If you ever find a way, let me know!

      • I have a friend who makes a cauliflower pizza crust and uses soy-free Daiya “cheese” for her gluten-free, dairy-free pizza. I’ve never tried it, but I know she and her daughter have liked it a lot.

  2. I agree with you about homemade pizza being a healthy option. We love to make homemade pizza – especially in the summer when we can use so many fresh options from the farmer’s market and can cook it on the grill. So delicious!

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