“Make quick, easy homemade pizza tonight! Homemade pizza sauce + homemade crust that comes together in a flash and tastes amazing!”
What do I do when I find myself home alone on a Tuesday afternoon? I celebrate because that NEVER happens. Either we have company over ( I think everybody works from home now, right?), the boys are running around asking me a million questions or my husband is somewhere banging on the walls working on one of his millions of house projects.
I can’t tell you when was the last time I had the house all to myself, but I LOVED it! The peace. The calmness. The nothingness. I went out into the sunroom, cranked up some Sam Cooke, cracked open a Strongbow (yeah I’m a lightweight), and whipped up a homemade pizza. Just. For. Meeeeeeeee!!!
Oh, the pure pleasure of being able to put exactly what I wanted on it, kick my feet up and eat uninterrupted. Do you have a favorite homemade pizza recipe?
If not, try THIS ONE. If so, try THIS ONE!
This is my go-to pizza crust and pizza sauce recipe for whenever I want a homemade pizza quick! It never fails me and works out great on busy weeknights.
I try different homemade pizza crusts all the time; however, I always come back to this lover. What I love about this pizza crust is that it doesn’t require that long resting period like most yeast pizza crusts.
A good 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes is all it needs, although I’ve even skipped that when I’m really pressed for time and shoved it right into the oven as soon as I was done pressing it out. It does taste much better when it’s had some time to rise though.
This homemade pizza crust is fabulous! It has the perfect thickness, softness, and yeastiness! Oh and the homemade pizza sauce? Wait until you try it!! You’re not gonna believe how bold it tastes without even having to simmer all day.
Don’t let that long recipe down there scare you. Once you make it for the first time, you’ll be whipping it up by heart in no time.
Watch me make this Quick Homemade Pizza from start to finish!
Quick Homemade Pizza (Crust & Sauce) Recipe
QUICK HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE RECIPE
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup white onions finely diced
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes drained and pureed
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- splash of red wine optional
QUICK HOMEMADE PIZZA CRUST (12-inch)
- 1 cup very warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar divided
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 heaping teaspoon parmesan cheese
- Mozzarella cheese freshly grated
- green bell pepper diced
- black olives
- turkey pepperoni
- For the sauce….
- Add olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add onions and sauté until tender.
- Stir in garlic and cook just until fragrant.
- Stir in pureed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes.
- Slowly stir in chicken broth.
- Bring to a light boil and then reduce heat to barely a simmer.
- Cook until liquid is reduced to your liking.
- Taste and adjust seasoning *see note below*
- To make the crust, in a small bowl or glass, add 1 teaspoon sugar to very warm water.
- Stir in yeast and let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
- When yeast is ready add mixture to a large bowl.
- Stir in flour, salt, remaining sugar, oil, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.
- When dough forms, place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead gently with oiled hands.
- Press the dough into a lightly greased 12-inch pizza pan. Be sure to keep your hands oiled with olive oil to soften the dough and make it easier to press out.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap and place in a warm location for 30 minutes. (see note)
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- When ready to serve, spread sauce over pizza.
- Top with cheese and toppings.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the crust in the center of the pizza is fluffy and fully cooked.
- Garnish with fresh basil if desired.
- Slice and serve!
*Depending on how salty your chicken broth and tomatoes are you may or may not need to add salt. Be sure to taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
* If you prefer a smooth sauce simply place the sauce in a food processor and puree. Pizza Crust:
* You can totally get away with letting the dough rest for only 5-10 minutes, but if you like a bit of a fluffier crust 30 minutes in a warm and toasty location is a good minimum.