How to Make: Pizza

A pizza with tomato, cheese, and olive toppings set beside some mozzarella and basil leaves.

Learn to make a classic style Italian pizza, simplified using pre-made dough and common toppings such as tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil.

It’s worth noting that pizza in Italy can vary greatly by region and personal preferences, and traditional Italian pizza often features a thin crust with high-quality ingredients. The specific ingredients and techniques used in pizza making can also vary depending on the region in Italy or the preferences of the person making it. Nonetheless, this recipe can still result in a delicious homemade pizza with minimal ingredients. Enjoy! Buon appetito!


  • Pre-made pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to the highest temperature setting (usually around 500-550°F or 260-290°C) and place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
  2. Take the pre-made pizza dough out of the package and let it come to room temperature, following the package instructions.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin round shape, about 10-12 inches in diameter.
  4. Carefully transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper for easy transferring onto the hot pizza stone or baking sheet.
  5. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  6. Arrange the fresh mozzarella cheese slices on top of the sauce.
  7. Tear or chop fresh basil leaves and scatter them over the pizza.
  8. Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil over the pizza, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Carefully transfer the pizza on the parchment paper onto the hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven.
  10. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a minute before cutting into slices and serving hot.

Enjoy your delicious and easy homemade Italian pizza with minimal ingredients using pre-made dough!

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