Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

A simple recipe for extra cheese pizza on top of the best homemade pizza dough

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

My husband’s favorite food is pizza. He likes it plain and simple. A lot of cheese. Sometimes Hawaiian, sometimes BBQ chicken. But most of the time: extra cheese.

I, on the other hand, am all about the extras. I like my pizza with fun (weird?) toppings like roasted eggplant, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, figs, butternut squash, and honey.

But one thing we can agree on: really good crust. Puffy, chewy, and thick pizza crust.

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Homemade pizza crust may sound difficult to you. Why waste the time when you can just buy frozen pizza dough? Frozen pizza dough is definitely more convenient, but homemade pizza crust has a delicious flavor and texture that only comes from YOU!

Pizza Dough Ingredients

Here’s my recipe for homemade pizza dough. And this is the breakdown of ingredients you need. There’s only 6, plus some water.

  1. Yeast: Instant yeast makes the job quicker. You need 1 standard packet.
  2. Water: Use warm water to cut down on rise time, about 105ºF – 115ºF. Anything over 130ºF is too hot.
  3. Flour: Use unbleached all-purpose white flour in the pizza crust. Bleaching the flour strips away some of the protein, which will affect how much water the flour absorbs.
  4. Oil: Extra virgin olive oil adds wonderful flavor to the dough. Don’t forget to brush the dough with olive oil before adding the toppings, which prevents the crust from tasting soggy.
  5. Salt: Adds flavor.
  6. Sugar: A little sugar increases the yeast’s activity and tenderizes the pizza dough.
  7. Cornmeal: Use cornmeal to dust the pizza pan; it gives the pizza crust a little extra flavor and crisp.

Homemade Pizza Dough Video Tutorial

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Homemade Pizza Baking Equipment

There’s only 3 crucial tools you need.

  • Stand Mixer: An electric stand mixer is preferred for making homemade pizza crust, but you don’t *NEED* it. You can simply mix and knead the dough by hand.
  • Pizza Pan: Some pizza enthusiasts own pizza stones, baking stones, and pizza peels. If you have them– awesome. If you don’t, just use a regular pizza pan or a baking sheet.
  • Pizza Cutter: This OXO pizza cutter because it’s sharp, comfortable, and easy.

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pizza Night Ideas!

Turn your homemade crust into something social by hosting a pizza night. Have friends over, make a batch of the dough, roll into smaller circles (5-6 inches each), and serve with different toppings. Everyone can assemble their own individual pizzas. There are NO rules when it comes to pizza toppings! However, don’t go too heavy or your crust will become soggy and weighed down. My pizza recipe below is for regular extra cheese pizza, but feel free to pile your favorite veggies or meat on top.

Pizza Topping Suggestions:

  • Classic Margherita Pizza
  • Hawaiian Pizza
  • Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Veggie Pizza: 1/2 cup pizza sauce, 1 small roasted and thinly sliced eggplant, 3/4 cup thinly sliced mushrooms, 1 thinly sliced red onion, 1/2 thinly sliced red pepper, drizzle of olive oil, pepper/ground basil to taste
  • Supreme Pizza: 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni/sausage, 1 thinly sliced green pepper, sliced olives, 1/2 chopped onion, ground basil to taste
  • 4 Cheese Pizza: 1/2 cup pizza sauce, 6 ounces each: shredded parmesan cheese, shredded Monterey Jack, shredded Asiago

And not only that, little bakers can lend a hand making dinner AND have fun in the process. Let them help you press down the dough and shape into a circle. They can add their cheeses and make pepperoni faces on top of the pie. Common, who doesn’t love a smiley pizza? 🙂

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Extra Cheese Pizza on thick-style homemade pizza crust. Step-by-step visual tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Homemade pizza crust

Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


A simple recipe for extra cheese pizza on top of the best homemade pizza dough. Makes one 12-inch pizza or you can make two pizzas from my entire crust recipe and double the toppings listed below.


  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 1/23/4 cup (127-190g) pizza sauce, depending how much you like (homemade or store-bought)
  • 8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (6oz or 168g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 23 Tablespoons (10-15g) grated parmesan cheese
  • ground basil or Italian seasoning, to taste


  1. Prepare the pizza dough through step 6, including preheating the oven to 475°F (246°C) as described in step 4.
  2. Top the dough with the pizza sauce, then the sliced mozzarella, then the shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan, then sprinkle with basil.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes. For the last minute, I move the oven rack to the top rack to really brown the edges. That’s optional.
  4. Slice hot pizza and serve immediately. Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months.


  1. Freezing Instructions: See homemade pizza crust recipe for how to freeze the pizza dough.
  2. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: homemade cheese pizza

Absolutely delicious homemade extra cheese pizza with my go-to homemade, extra thick pizza crust!
Absolutely delicious homemade extra cheese pizza with my go-to homemade, extra thick pizza crust!


  1. This looks so good! I love making pizza at home, but sometimes I have trouble with homemade crusts. I’ll have to try this one! My favorite topping is pineapple 🙂

    1. Let me know how you like my crust recipe Kelly!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Love that you put a savory recipe on the blog, Sally! I think your readers will love it. And as you say, it’s pizza – who doesn’t love that!

    My 1-hour whole wheat pizza crust is one of my more popular yeast dough recipes. People will love having your recipe. And I can only imagine how many you tried to get to your perfect flour/water/yeast ratios! Sounds like more than a couple 🙂

    My fave pizza includes tons of cheese and pineapple. Or Margherita. Mmm, you make me want pizza right now. Pinned

    1. Cheese and fruit on pizza is right up my alley. Thanks for pinning!

  3. I love making homemade pizza. Its like a friday night thing in my house. Homemade is soo much nicer and it gets easier the more you make them! Im with Kevin,im all about the cheese. I dont think you’ll have any complaint about this being a savoury recipe,those pictures look too good to complain about 🙂

    1. Thank you Shirley!

  4. I am on your side with pizza toppings! I love a Mediterranean pizza with feta and sundried tomatoes. MMM! My favorite! I think the cooky-ier the toppings = the better! I’m so scared to work with yeast and have yet to bake anything with it even though I’ve been eyeing your recipes (I’m looking at you, cinnamon rolls) forever now!

    1. Feta and sun dried tomatoes sounds so good right now, Lauren! I hope you try a few yeast recipes soon. I was terrified for years but just bit the bullet and went for it! As long as you follow the instructions, at least in my tested recipes, you’ll have great results!

  5. I made pizza every weekend and always do it homemade! It is so much better and we love to put all kinds of crazy toppings on them! Your crust is similar to mine without the sugar and a little more salt!

    1. Yes, homemade is much tastier! I see a lot of crazy pizza toppers ahead in my future. 🙂

  6. Ally @ The Cheery Baker says:

    I am sitting here at work, wishing I was home, so I could make this! It looks so good! You made homemade pizza simple. My dad’s favorite food is pizza as well and I think I get the best daughter award if I made this for him. Thanks for the, once again, fantastic recipe!

    1. You should give the homemade pizza crust a try Ally – your dad would certainly love it!

  7. Just thought you might want to know that the post starts off saying, “An simple recipe.” I know you’re a grammar person… 🙂

    1. Thanks Michelle. Sometimes I miss these things!

  8. That looks so good, Sally! I remember back in the day when people ordered pizza with extra-cheese all the time. I’m a fan of both fun toppings and the classic. : ) I’ve only made homemade pizza (with dough) once so I’m no expert but I agree on the cornmeal. A lot of recipes use oil but I like the dry bottom and the extra bit of crunch from the cornmeal. Your fiance is a lucky guy! : )

    1. I am sold on using cornmeal for the bottom of my crust. It’s my favorite part! I love the extra crunch. I’ll have to show Kevin your comment when he gets home later when you say he’s lucky. 😉 He truly is always thankful for my homemade goodies!

  9. What fun, a savory recipe! You’ve done a few, I guess (pretzels, sweet potato fries), but I love that you are branching out as well! Your savory-food pictures are just as fabulous as your sweet-food ones :). I’m weird because I don’t really like cheese (except in cheesecake 😉 ), but this crust looks great, and your cheese pizza really looks delicious despite my lack of cheese love. My favorite toppings are TONS of sauce (do you have a homemade recipe? You should share it, if so!!), roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, and spinach. Yum! It’s freezing and snowy here today, and pizza sounds perfect!

    1. Your favorite toppings sound like mine. I love a ton of pizza sauce! In fact, I usually ask for extra so I can dip my slices in it. Is that strange? I don’t have a classic tomato sauce recipe at this time though. Happy you like my savory food pictures. I’m trying to get used to it! It’s a little different than shooting a chocolate chip cookie.

  10. Congrats on perfecting the homemade pizza Sally girl! This looks phenomenal. I’m all about a thick pillowy crust. Can’t wait to try!

  11. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina says:

    Love this recipe. Your pizza looks picture perfect too, almost like a DiGiorno haha. I usually like thin crust but your pics may have talked me into trying your recipe for a thick crust.

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I’m always down for a new pizza recipe. This truly looks perfect – I love all that cheese!

  13. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes says:

    This looks scrumptious enough for this thin crust lover to give it a try. Pizza night is a huge hit at our house. My go-to dough recipe is just the Master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 cookbook. This way there is plenty of dough for my little sous chefs to make their own pizza creation. Trust me kiddos love picking out and decorating their own pizzas.

    1. I have that cookbook and I completely love it! So many fantastic recipes in it and so many topping ideas!

  14. Abbie @ Needs Salt says:

    This pizza looks amazing!! That crust. Oh my gosh. Everything about this is just stunning.
    Man, I am so wishing right now that I wasn’t cheese-intolerant. 🙁

  15. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Bella! Just beautiful, Sally! I’m glad you brought some savory over to SBA. Your pizza crust looks sublime and is very close to my recipe that I developed after Marcella Hazan’s recipe from her iconic cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Starting with a reliable yeast like Red Star is essential. And, I agree…you need a touch of sweetening with the dough (it helps the yeast) and I use honey in mine. But, that extra virgin olive oil works miracles. Unbleached flour is the way to go as bread flour (higher in protein) creates a tougher chew and crispier (hard) pizza crust…but, sometimes, that’s what people want in a recipe. Cornmeal is used in many recipes because it also helps slide the pizza dough disk, once toppings are added, off of the peel and into hot ovens onto hot pizza stones. The added benefit is indeed that delightful extra crunch and flavor! Cannot wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    1. Thanks Stacy! I bet your crust with honey is wonderful.

  16. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Pizza is a favorite of ours, especially my husband – we would have pizza for dinner every single night if his wishes came true. This recipe looks great, we usually cook ours on a stone which leave a great crust!

    1. I wish I had a stone! Maybe someday. Kevin would love pizza every night too.

  17. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    Pizza IS fun! This looks SO yummy and cheeeeesy!!

  18. Yum! I need this RIGHT NOW! Love that cheesy goodness 😀

  19. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    I now want/need a roasted eggplant and goat cheese pizza STAT. Well the next time I make pizza I’m going to have to try yours; how could I say no to all that CHEESE?! 😀

    1. I have to make a goat cheese/eggplant pizza soon! Two of my favorites.

  20. This pizza looks wonderful, Sally! I’ve been making my mom’s pizza crust recipe for as long as I can remember, but I just might have to give yours a try! And I just LOVE your occasional savory recipes—they’re worth waiting for 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah! I bet your mom’s recipe is fantastic.

  21. My tried and true pizza recipe is just a touch different from yours, but it’s my favorite. When I eat store-bought or restaurant pizza, I feel like a complete snob, but my homemade crust is just SO much better than theirs 😛

    I cannot wait to try this extra cheese pizza. It looks incredible! Just looking at the pictures has me drooling!

    1. Haha I feel the same way when I eat store-bought too Sarah!

  22. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    Your tutorial is fabulous, Sally–I can’t imagine how long all of this took you to photo/write/etc! We love making homemade pizza/dough at home–your recipe is very similar to the one I use (I got it from my mother-in-law). Once I learned how easy it is to make – and how much better it tastes – we hate to eat anything else! Love this post!

    1. Thank you Ashley. You’re so sweet. Yes, this was time consuming to write but I want everyone to try this dough. It’s too good NOT to try! I bet your homemade pizza crust is fantastic too.

    2. PS: I could use one of your cheesecake brownies right about now!

  23. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I LOVE homemade pizza. This recipe is fabulous! And the best part about making it at home is that you can divide it in half and he can have cheese and you can have fun stuff (which I love!) We do that for Jordan. She’s boring, we’re not, lol. 🙂

    1. We had pizza again last night (I’m sure you know how it is – recipe testing and it’s all you eat for the week!) and Kevin and I split the toppings. A “his” half and a “hers” half. Let’s just say mine was much more colorful!

  24. It’s a cheesy day for us! YAY!

    You and I have the same idea about pizza. Great crust and crazy toppings! I posted a pizza like a week and half ago with fontina, caramelized butternut, crispy kale and then topped with a fresh pomegranate salsa. It was so good. I think you would have loved it! This pizza though looks incredible. I can always go for straight cheese pizza too! And the crust? You nailed it! I always use Red Star Platinum yeast (the best!). Next time you should try honey in the crust. It adds just the perfect hint of sweetness and flavor.

    Awesome first savory post! 🙂

    1. Guess what? You’re going to love this Tieghan – I made another pizza two days ago with honey on top. I’ll have to try it in the crust sometime!

  25. I am so curious and anxious to try your crust recipe! We make pizza once a week and have worked out a pretty decent recipe over the years. Yours looks phenomenal! We use Classico Tomato and Basil sauce (it’s very low-cal) and have just about reached the right blend of cheese…mostly whole-milk mozzarella with a serving or two of brick (my hubby is a native Cheesehead, so it’s a requirement). In the summer we grill it and it’s supremely yummy wehn we cook it after having previously grilled beef. Love your new savory venture!

    1. I LOVE grilled pizza Dana! If you try this crust recipe, let me know!

  26. Nicole @ Yes to Yum says:

    This is perfect! I sometimes wish that I could make an entire pizza just crust- the toppings and stuff take the backseat for me 🙂

    1. It’s all about the crust for me sometimes too!

  27. You are right…everyone loves pizza! Your recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Will be awaiting your other posts about PIZZA!

  28. omg, I LOVEE pizza and I LOVEEE NYC pizza, NYC truly has the best pizza. I gotta try this. Which type of pizza sauce do you use? Omg, this looks so good! I’m drooling.

    1. Hey Diana! I actually used store-bought from Trader Joes. I didn’t have time to make homemade sauce this time. Any pizza or tomato sauce will work!

  29. Hello there sally!!! I made this pizza just now and had it for lunch already!! ( was so excited when I saw it was out) it was delicious!! I topped with tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, garlic and cheese.
    The kneading was soooo enjoyable , didn’t have to add any extra flour and it became a nice dough 🙂
    Love your recipes and the forever so detailed instructions.
    THANK YOU!!!

    1. I am very, very happy that you made this pizza dough always Alyssa! And even happier you loved it. This makes my morning. Happy the detailed instructions were helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to report back.

  30. Carlotta Jenkins says:

    Yum!!I love this pizza.Well,actually I love ALL pizzas.Most pizzas, at least.This one is so amazing,thanks for making it Sally:)

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