Homemade Pizza Dough + Sauce


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Have you ever made pizza from scratch? Yes, you can go all out and make your own mozzarella too, but this article focuses on homemade pizza dough and sauce. Homemade pizza night is a great activity to involve the kids, to invite your friends over for dinner or as a hands-on date night. Let's start with the dough.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay, Food Network

Yield: 2 14-inch pizza crusts


  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons


Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Recipe courtesy of JoyFoodSunshine


  • 6 oz tomato paste (1 -6 oz can)
  • 15 oz tomato sauce (1 - 15 oz can)
  • 1-2 TBS oregano to taste
  • 2 TBS Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ TBS garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar* coconut sugar for paleo or omit


  • Mix tomato paste and sauce together in a medium size bowl until well combined (all the lumps of paste are incorporated into the sauce).
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt, pepper and sugar) and mix well.

Now you have the base for a wonderful pizza, whether you decide to bake it in the oven or throw it on the grill. Sprinkle on lots of cheese, the toppings of your choice, bake it or grill it and enjoy!

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