Fabulous Pizza Crust with Homemade Red Sauce

Fabulous Pizza Crust with Homemade Red Sauce
I have been on a little adventure.
Just me, myself and I.
Just trying a bunch of pizza crust recipes.
Trying to find one that is wonderful.
Crispy on the outside with a fluffy, chewy goodness on the inside.
I have been trying these recipes out on my family for a good number of years now, my friends.
(these things can take a bit of time)
This recipe I am about to impart
to you.. 
this very day…
is the very best.
My family gives it seven thumbs up.
(that’s a lot of thumbs!)
Fabulous Pizza Crust
Yield: 2  -12 inch pizza crusts
Time: 5 minutes prep + 2 hours to rise + 15 minutes baking
Recipe from The Pioneer Woman
1 t yeast
1 1/2 C warm water
4 C flour
1 t salt
1/3 C olive oil

1. Sprinkle yeast over the top of your warm water.

2. Combine the flour and salt in the bottom of your mixer.
3. Pour the olive oil in and mix just just until combined.

4. Pour the yeast and water mixture into the flour.
5. Mix just until combined.
6. Cover and set aside. Let it rise until double in size. OR….and the beauty is…..you can put it in the fridge and let it rise throughout the day. Love that.
7. Punch the dough down and divide it in half. Let each piece rest on a pizza stone or sprayed cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then stretch it out as thin or thick as you like.
Homemade Red Sauce
Yield: 2  -12 inch pizzas
Time: 5 minutes
Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
1  -14.5 oz can Italian Stewed Tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 t sugar
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried basil
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes
1. Combine all ingredients into a small food processor and blend. No mini food processor? You could easily just use a whisk to combine it all together.
2. Spread it onto your pizza dough…top with your favorite toppings, some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
3. Bake your pizza at 475 degrees for about 15 minutes.

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  1. 1
    June 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    That pizza looks delicious. There's nothing better than homemade sauce.

  2. 2
    June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Looks yummy! I just did a pizza post – feel free to visit.


  3. 3
    June 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    My favorite pizza dough is from Smitten Kitchen. It has white wine & honey in it. It is delicious. I haven't tried PW's yet. I am cooking my way through her book but I haven't made it yet.

  4. 4
    June 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

    This pizza dough looks almost like Pizza Hut Dough! YUM! I love the thickness of it.

  5. 5
    June 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Okay, I'm so excited that you posted a crust recipe. I've been using your breadstick recipe for pizza crust (which is pretty good!) but now I can officially make a pizza crust! Thanks!

  6. 6
    June 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Looks great! Pizza is my favorite food!!

  7. 7
    June 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Giving this homemade crust a go! Its in the fridge for the day.

  8. 8
    June 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Made this last night for dinner with my best friend because we were bored, and it tasted incredible!

    • 9
      February 8, 2014 at 4:52 am

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  9. 10
    July 18, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Have you ever canned your sauce before? It's our favorite sauce (dipping, pizza, spaghetti, etc.) and I'm new to canning and wondered if you had ever canned or considered canning the sauce. 🙂

  10. 11
    August 26, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Absolutely loved it. The SAUCE was a definite winner!!! Thank you!!!

  11. 12
    January 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Beautiful slice! Could bake at a higher temperature if your oven goes there. Added crust quality with a pizza stone. I find I can just add the yeast to the other dry ingredients and the pizza dough rises just fine.

  12. 13
    April 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I made this pizza last night, dough and sauce…wow. It is SO good!!!! My husband loved it, but I did too. We got fresh mozzarella (the kind that comes in a ball) and some pepperoni and it was just perfect. I couldn't believe how good the sauce was. Just wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

  13. 14
    October 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

    This recipe looks wonderful. Sorry but is ‘t’ tablespoon or teaspoon? Is one sachet of yeast too much?

  14. 15
    October 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

    This recipe looks wonderful. Sorry but is ‘t’ tablespoon or teaspoon? Is one sachet of yeast too much?

    • 16
      October 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Hi Runi,
      t means teaspoon. A packet of yeast if actually 2 1/4 teaspoons, so yes it would be more than you need. This recipe just takes 1 teaspoon. Good luck! Hope you love the recipe. 🙂

  15. 17
    November 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    how long do you set the dough aside before you can use it?

  16. 18
    January 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I just want to let you know that I would be very sad if this pizza dough recipe ever disappeared. I use it like, once a week (got it off of pinterest) and it is fantastic, if i let it rise enough it makes breadsticks too =)

  17. 19
    March 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I noticed the picture of your water and yeast and it looks like you have 3C water. Did you double your recipe or is there a misprint?

    • 20
      March 27, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Wow, you have a good eye. Yes, I doubled the recipe. You only need 1 1/2 cups of water for a single batch. Good luck!

  18. 21
    March 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Hi. Oh Jamie, I so love your recipes!! I am looking forward to trying this one in a few days. Have you ever made it ahead and frozen the dough?

  19. 22
    Tati bonita
    May 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Hi, do u bake the pizza first before u add the pizza sauce and the topping? Cuz I followed ur recipe and the crust came out white. But it was still delicious.

    • 23
      May 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

      It depends on how hot your oven is, you shouldn’t need to bake the crust before the toppings are added. Maybe just leave it in a little longer next time. 🙂 Good luck!

  20. 24
    August 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Jamie! Have you ever made this ahead of time and frozen the dough?

  21. 25
    September 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    This looks so quick and good. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks Jamie.

  22. 26
    October 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love your recipes! It is hard to find recipes where the ingredients aren’t a series of processed foods. I am making this tonight!

  23. 27
    November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Sounds wonderful, I going to try your zuccin fries, and saw your homemade red sauce link. So, just to make the sauce; how long do I cook the sauce for dipping. Sincerely Grateful!! ReDina

    • 28
      November 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

      No need to cook it, if you would like to have it warm just pop it in the microwave for a bit. Good luck!

  24. 29
    November 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Thank Jamie, for your quick response answer. I really enjoy your website. Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes. Thanks again and God Bless! Sincerely, ReDina

  25. 30
    January 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. My husband’s grandmother is undergoing chemo and this is one of the few things that she looks forward to eating. I make trips over there just to make it!

  26. 31
    March 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Both of these recipes were delicious! Just what I was looking for. Thank you for all of your great recipes!

  27. 32
    February 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    SUCKS just turns out dry and flaky

  28. 33
    February 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Not very good just comes out dry and flaky

  29. 34
    October 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    This is the best pizza crust we have ever had! I did my own pizza sauce but will try your’s next time.

  30. 35
    October 30, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Oops! I forgot to mention, I used only 2 cups of flour, added a little less than a teaspoon of sugar, plus 1.25 cups of water. You really need to adjust the water. Place the bowl in a sink with hot water to just above dough height in glass bowl with plastic wrap cover. You could add some dry Italian seasonings to the crust too. Was terrific! A nice pan, to bake it in, is your oven grill pan on parchment paper.

  31. 36
    Gavin Gonder
    May 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    This was great; I am 14 and my siblings loved it.

  32. 37
    May 12, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I have made the sauce the pizza dough several times and shared with my friends. Every one loves both. Very easy and kid friendly.

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