As a global sensation, the recipe for cheese pizza has been adapted over the world. In America, cheese pizza is one of the most favorite foods with over 70,000 pizzerias that generate more than $32 million in revenue annually.
Pizza can offer different tastes with different cheeses topped on it. Among them, there are four most popular types, including mozzerella, provolone, cheddar, and parmesan. Based your diet and family’s taste, you can definitely choose the preferred one.
Instead of ordering from a favorite restaurant, the basic cheese pizza recipe below provides detailed instruction for you to make cheese pizza at home. It might be a bit time-consuming but a homemade pizza is eventually healthier than that bought outside.
Basic Recipe For Homemade Cheese Pizza
- February 26, 2019
- Prep Time1 hr 10 min
- Cook Time20 min
- Total Time1 hr 30 min
For the crust
- 3 cups bread flour
- ¼ ounce dry yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
For the topping
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ cup tomato puree
1In a mixing bowl, gently combine yeast, sugar and water. Stir to dissolve the yeast and set the mixture aside for 15 minutes.2Stir in 1 cup flour, add salt, and then stir in another cup of flour. Transfer the mixture to a kneading board and add in last cup of flour. Knead well until the dough is soft and elastic. Form dough into a ball.3In another bowl, pour in the 1 tbsp olive oil and spread around. Place the dough in bowl. Coat it with oil, cover the bowl with a damp towel and let it rise for 40 minutes.4Transfer the dough to a flat surface, punch down and knead on board about 2 minutes. 5To make the crust, spray the pizza pan with some olive oil or vegetable oil. Spread in the dough. 6To make the topping, combine pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, minced garlic, and basil in a bowl and stir well. Spread the mixture onto the pizza dough.7Top with sliced mozzarella cheese and bake at 500°F for 11-13 minutes.8Once cooked, remove from the oven, slice and serve immediately. Cover the leftover tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months.
It’s worth mentioning that you can top the pizza crust with some types of cheese at a time or your favorite type. In addition, you may also add in other ingredients like ham, bacon, sausage, sliced mushroom, and chopped onion, green pepper and tomato.