Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

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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

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 Extra Cheese Pizza

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

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 1/2 - 3/4 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
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (10-15g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • ground basil or Italian seasoning, to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare the pizza dough through step 6, including preheating the oven to 475F 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.

Recipe Notes:

See homemade pizza crust recipe for how to freeze the pizza dough.

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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!

180 Comments

  1. yeah PIZZA ! i laught reading the first paragraph, you replace Kevin by David and it is the story of my life 🙂 especially regarding the toppings.
    Definitly gonna try it !!

  2. Sally, this post is great! You must have put so much time and effort into it–you left no stone unturned on your quest to find the perfect pizza crust.

    I’m all about the crust–if a pizza has bad crust, I could care less for it. If you’re ever interested in getting a pizza stone, you could always store it in your oven on the bottom rack, that’s what I do and it saves a lot of space! 🙂

    1. Thanks Laura, it was very time consuming to create this post and the step-by-step photo tutorial. However, I want people to make this without fail. It’s so good! Thanks for the tip about the pizza stone. Very appreciated!

  3. Ohhhh Sally. This looks so good. I’ve always been intimidated of making my own pizza dough (hello $1.50 trader joe’s dough!) but this totally takes the scary out of it. Partially due to the fact that it is actually not scary but partially do to the fact that this crust looks so perfectly delicious! Hello, pizza craving! Also, savory on SBA = great! 🙂

    1. I’m not shy to admit it – TJ’s pizza dough is pretty darn good! Erin, you really should try making dough at home sometime. Follow my easy instructions! I know you could do it. Have a great weekend!

  4. I love all the pictures and the break down of the recipe, step-by-step. I’m a very detailed person (and I tend to over analyze everything) so it’s nice to know you covered all the bits and pieces of the pizza dough *literally. Can’t wait to make this!

  5. I love making homemade pizza! My husband requests it at least once a week and we’ve really gone to town on toppings before, but never done a simple cheese pizza. It looks delicious and I was excited to see a pizza recipe on your blog. I’ll be sure to try out pizza base Sally style (although I love the recipe I use too).

    1. Thanks Emily! I’m happy you don’t mind seeing a savory recipe on my dessert blog. I hope to begin to include more of them! I’m sure your crust recipe is fantastic too.

  6. Oh my gosh I have been dying to see this recipe ever since you announced you were doing a pizza recipe! I am totally going to make it this weekend! 😀

    One question, I don’t have a stand mixer but I do have a food processor, would it work to mix everything by hand and then need the dough in that with the dough blade instead of needing by hand or would needing it by hand be better?

    1. Hi Jessica, I highly recommend kneading the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer with a dough hook. I’ve never had the best results using a food processor with the dough blade to make yeasted breads. By hand is always the better choice. Enjoy!

  7. The pizza crust looks delicious. We’re Pizza Hut fans because of the thick pan pizza crust so this is just what I want to try.
    On another note – I realize you have to have advertisers on the web page BUT what is with the ads that just start up a video with audio all by themselves today?!
    I never noticed that before and can barely stand to stay on the web page and read the entire post ! I could turn off my speakers but maybe I’m trying to listen to Pandora 😉

    1. Hi Jean! I have to admit, I love Pizza Hut’s crust too! Especially the stuffed crust. I should make that at home next.

      And the ad- I am so sorry. I had absolutely NO idea. I hate those. I’ll try to find which one it is and see what I can do. Thank you!!

  8. I don’t have Martha Stewart’s pizza crust recipe in front of me right now, but I love the recipe she has in her Baking Handbook. I bet yours holds up very nicely in comparison!

  9. For as much as you guys love pizza you should really get a pizza stone. It makes all the difference in the world to me. You could always store it under the bed or couch or something? Worth it. Kevin is the only guy I “know” that loves plain cheese pizza 🙂 That is how I like mine too. 

    Your savory recipe sounds so good and your pictures are amazing too – you should do it more often!

    1. Thanks Jenn! I hope to incorporate some more savory type foods to my blog. It was fun shooting this pizza! Maybe we’ll register for a pizza stone for our wedding. Can’t wait!

  10. I made this yesterday for our family pizza and a movie night. I have tried countless pizza dough recipies over the years and this is by far the BEST! My husband commented on how good it was multiple times.

  11. butternut squash kale pizza sounds right up my alley, Amy! I would love it. I have to try that at home sometime. And thank you for the kind words. It was frustrating to keep working for that “perfect” dough recipe. We still ate the “ok” pizza dough. It wasn’t so bad. 😉 But this dough beats them all!

  12. This recpie is incredible! I’m writing this as I’m munching on the best home made pizza ever ;D It tastes so much better then store bought! I made it with lots of cheese just like you suggested and I love it. Thank you so much for posting this super simple and delicious pizza dough recipe! Next time I’ll try it with mozarella & mushrooms, my favorite combination 😉

    1. Mozzarella and mushrooms sounds like a perfect topping Anna! I’m so glad you love this homemade pizza. Thanks for reporting back!

  13. I got Red Star Platinum instant yeast. Their directions said to use very warm water: 120-130 degrees. Is there some other reason you suggest 105-115 degrees??

  14. Homemade pizza is on my to do list too. This looks better than any delivery pizza! I’m super weird about pizza toppings – I can’t stand tomato sauce!

  15. Your pizza looks great, Sally, and while I don’t eat cheese, I’ve made a fair share of wonderful vegan pizzas. It definitely is all about the crust, and yours look just the way I like it! I’m also so with you on the crazy toppings, especially butternut squash and figs. Yum!

  16. Oh my dear lord! So I, a young teen made these today and found this crust recipe the easiest and best one yet! My family loved it! But we topped it with olives, peppers, HOMEMADE SAUCE!!! and red onions. YUM! Thank you for sharing, this is now my go-to pizza crust recipe.
    I never ever used the store bought ones, lol.

    1. I have to make my own sauce at home soon. Because I have no doubt your pizza was amazing! Thanks for reporting back. I appreciate it!

      1. I don’t mind, I LOVE your site, the pizza was a hit! I found this as one of the best, fastest and easiest doughs to work with. Thanks again! Yes, homemade sauce makes everything better, I mean, isn’t everything better homemade? 🙂

  17. Hey Sally! I’ m from Spain and I’m planning to make this pizza on Friday. I just wanted to ask you if you could tell me the protein content for every 100 g of flour, as here all flours are unbleached, thanks a lot!

  18. I made this recently and it was really good and surprisingly easy. Next time, I will add cheese to the crust for stuffed crust pizza.

  19. We LOVE homemade pizza! I’ve taught my teenage son (I have 6 sons and a couple of daughters) how to make pizza crust, so now he just makes his own pizza whenever he’s hungry (and some for the rest of us too)! Saves us a bunch of $$ and keeps him full!!

  20. I’ve never made pizza crust before, in fact I’ve never attempted anything with yeast before, and now I’m so glad that I did! I made your extra cheesy pizza last night and it turned out amazing! My kids thought it was the best pizza ever! 🙂 Thank you so much for the step by step photos and instructions, super helpful! Can’t wait to try more recipes from your site when I do my holiday baking. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    1. Hey Kimberly! Thanks so much for reporting back about the pizza crust. I’m so happy you made it! We now make it all the time here. Pizza night happens often. 🙂

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