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Super Easy Homemade Pizza

When I got home from the library yesterday I had no idea what to make for supper. I wanted something easy and I was really tempted to pull out the frozen pizza or microwavable meals I have in my freezer but I’m supposed to be saving those for closer to my exams when I’m drowning in work and absolutely can not be bothered to cook. But the pizza was really tempting me. Then I realized that I could actually just make some pizza (and let’s be honest it turned out better than the frozen one). This recipe was so easy and honestly the most satisfying pizza I’ve had in a while.

The Dough

This dough recipe comes from my mom’s cousin and is really straightforward. The original recipe calls for quick-rise yeast, which if you are using you just add in with the dry ingredients. I just had regular dry active yeast on hand so I mixed it and the sugar into the warm water and let it sit for a bit before adding to the dry ingredients.

The Sauce

Normally I would just use pre-made pizza sauce or make one with canned tomatoes but I didn’t have either in my cupboard. I did however have some fresh tomatoes so I roasted those with a few cloves of garlic and then mashed them up with my hands and added some herbs (I just used mixed herbs that I got from the store, but Italian seasoning would also work). The sauce turned out so good that I don’t think I will be going back to the pre-made sauce (ok well maybe if I’m feeling super lazy).


You can literally put anything you want on this pizza. I love doing chopped-up veggies or loading them up with a bunch of different meats. Today I went really simple and just shredded up some sliced ham and threw it on top of the sauce and then just topped it up with a little bit of shredded cheese and a whole bunch of mozzarella. Some fresh basil would have gone great but alas I had none.


Super Easy Homemade Pizza

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 (2 slices each)


Pizza Dough

  • 1/2 Cup warm water
  • 1/2 Tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • 6 small whole tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 drizzle olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp mixed herbs


  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 slice of ham



  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F)
  • Place the whole tomatoes in a pan and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Place the garlic in tin foil with some olive oil and add it to the pan with the tomatoes
  • Roast the tomatoes and garlic for 20min and then set them aside to let cool a bit
  • (While the tomatoes are in the oven you can get started on the pizza dough)
  • Once the tomatoes are cool enough to handle mash them up with the garlic in a bowl using your hands
  • Add herbs and salt to taste

Pizza Dough

  • Add your sugar and yeast to the warm water and let sit
  • Combine flour and salt in a bowl
  • Add water and yeast mixture and olive oil to dry ingredients, and mix until well combined
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few minnutes, until the dough becomes smooth
  • Place dough in a lightly oiled bowel and let rise for 30 min or until doubled in size


  • Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F)
  • After letting the dough rise place it on a lightly floured surface and partially roll it out
  • Lightly oil a pizza pan (or any pan) and place the rolled out dough in the center
  • Use your hands to stretch the dough out towards the edges of the pan
  • Use a spoon to spread a thin layer of the sauce onto the dough
  • Layer on ham (and any other toppings) and top with cheese
  • Place pizza in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes (until cheese starts to brown slightly)

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