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Homemade Cheese Pizza

Simple and delicious homemade classic cheese pizza is great for kid’s movie night, gathering, party, lunch and dinner. This traditional and classic homemade cheese pizza recipe has a few simple ingredients. Let’s learn how to make tasty homemade cheese pizza!
Course Bread, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 243kcal
Author Tracy O.



  • 1 ¼ cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 3 cups Bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  • 1 cup Ragu red pasta sauce
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese


  • Put 1 ¼ cups of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil into the Bosch mixer.
  • Turn on the lowest setting #1, let it mix a little bit. Then, turn off and wait for 5 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, put 3 cups of bread flour and 1 teaspoon of salt into a bowl. Mix it well.
  • After that, turn on the mixer at the lowest setting #1. Then, slowly add the flour mixture from step 3. Next, change the lowest setting #1 to medium/high #3. Let it run for 10 -15 minutes.
  • After the dough is mixed well, transfer the dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes to an hour at room temperature. (My trick to speed up dough rising time, normally I preheat the oven at 200 F. Then, turn off the oven and put the dough in and cover with a wet cloth for 30 minutes.)
  • Dust some flour on the surface, flatten, stretch or roll the dough into a circle shape, so it fits on the circle stone. You can shape into different shapes depending on your tray size and shape.
  • Pour ½-1 cup red Ragù pasta sauce on the dough and spread it evenly.
  • Sprinkle 1.5-2 cups mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce and dough.
  • If you use a pizza stone, preheat the oven at 420 F with the pizza stone. When the oven temperature reaches 420F, slide the pizza on the stone and bake it at 12-15 minutes until the cheese melts.



Cooking tips for how to make homemade cheese pizza:

  • To speed up dough rising time, normally I preheat the oven at 200F. Then, turn off the oven and put the dough covered with a wet cloth in for 30 minutes.
  • Personally, I prefer to use bread flour because the texture is better and fluffier.
  • Dust some flour on the surface and put the risen dough. 
  • You can divide the dough into two or make one big pizza. 
  • Or, you stretch and roll the dough into the shape you want. 
  • If you use a pizza stone, preheat the oven with the stone. Then, slide the pizza on the stone bake it for 12-15 minutes at 420 F.
  • Pour some red pasta sauce and spread on the dough. After, topping with mozzarella cheese or other cheese you want. 


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg