Beginner's Homemade Rustic Pizza




About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Hey y'all,

In this instructable I'll teach you how to make a beginner's homemade pizza that looks and taste like an artisan pizza! No need for a pizza oven with this one, it can all be done in a standard kitchen and a conventional oven, with a little bit of elbow grease of course. So, follow the step by step guide below or watch the video tutorial.

Step 1: Ingredients & Tools

There are two parts to making the pizza, first the dough with it's ingredients and then the toppings which can be customized to your liking of course.

Pizza Dough

  • 2 ¼ t Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 t Sugar
  • 1 C Warm Water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 ¼ C Water (room temp)
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 t Salt
  • 5 ½ C unbleached flour Extra flour

Toppings (Customizable)

  • Pizza sauce
  • Cheese of your liking (I used mozzarella)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Basil


Step 2: The Dough: Begin With the Yeast

In a large bowl add active dry yeast and sugar with to 1 C of warm water and whisk till combined.

Set aside for a few mins until the yeast activates.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients in Bowl

After a few minutes add in the room temperature water 1 ¼ C Water (room temp), add oil, salt, and flour.

Step 4: Mix Until Combined

Mix it a bit until it is all incorporated.

Step 5: Knead, Knead, Knead

Once it comes together, place on a floured surface and knead it for about 10 mins and it is smooth and elastic,(this part takes forever and it feels like it is never going to come together but it will).

Step 6: It Will Come Together! Slice & Let It Rise.

After kneading the bread it will come together in one large ball. I sliced mine in half to be able to yield two large pizzas or 4 smaller pizzas. (I usually use only half of it and refrigerate the other half for later in the week) Place back in your bowl that is oiled and let it rise 1 hour and after it is ready to form and make pizza.

Step 7: While Waiting Prepare the Toppings

To be a little more time efficient I prepare the toppings while waiting for the dough to rise. For this recipe just a few simple cuts did the trick. I went with a few simple toppings and no meat on this one, but you can always add pepperoni or any meat of your choice, this is 100% customizable to your liking.

My toppings: Pizza sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, onions, basil.

Step 8: Shape Dough

Using a baking sheet lined with your parchment paper place half or ¼ of your dough on the parchment paper and using your hands spread it out as evenly as you can (this again may need a bit of work, but it will come together) and create a border so the toppings won't fall off. Also be sure to preheat your oven to 500 F during this time.

Step 9: Add Toppings & Bake

Once your dough is stretched out add your pizza sauce, cheese and toppings. Bake for about 25-30 or until your crust is golden brown.

Step 10: Remove Pizza From Oven & Cool

Once the pizza is baked to perfection (golden brown). Remove it from the oven and let it cool just a bit before serving.

Step 11: Enjoy!

Cut & serve! Enjoy your beginner's homemade rustic pizza.

Step 12: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!



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    24 Discussions


    Question 9 months ago on Step 9

    You've preheated the oven to 500F -- and now you're baking it for 25-30min at 500F? Won't it be a charred mess? Or, are we supposed to turn down the oven after a while? If so,what temp and after how many minutes? Thanks.

    1 answer
    FOOD by LydsDoroW1

    Answer 9 months ago

    I made 2 pizzas with this recipe, if your worried or if your making 1 preheat to 450 and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until your edges are golden brown, you just have to keep an eye on it if your making only one. Your welcome and hope that will help :)


    Tip 10 months ago on Introduction

    Making the dough the easy way . . . . this is essentially a hint 'borrowed' from Jamie Oliver . .

    Put the dry ingredients into a food processor and turn on to low speed (2 on mine that goes to 6) and let blend for 30 seconds or so, then drizzle in (through that little spout on the top) the olive oil over about 10-20 seconds, and then add 1/2 the water in one go and let it churn round for a full minute or so until it looks well distributed and you have a slightly 'breadcrumb' look to the mixture.

    Now slowly add the rest of the water, drizzling it in in small quantities with a 15-20 second gap between each addition until every binds closely anf you can hear the processor working hard. leave it running for another 5 minutes . . . if all's OK the dough will bundle-up into an elongated ball that thwacks around the insdide peeling itself away from the sides as it rotates . . .if it looks sticky add a little (desterspoon at a time) more flour and blend in for 30 seconds each time . . . . if it looks very dry & crumbly when you added all the water and run it for the first minute, then add more water, again a desrtspoon at a time, until is softens a bit.

    WHen finished you should be able to lift/tip the dough out of the processor (held on its side) by gently pulling out the mixer-blade onto a lightly floured clean bowl or plastic bag to leave to rise for 5 -10 minutes (use a blob of the dough to gather-up any smal bits that stick inside the bowl or to the blades).

    Once it's has time to rise, put dough on lightly floured surface and give just a minute or two of streching and kneading before halving and making the individual pizza bases.

    3 replies

    Reply 10 months ago

    Would you mind telling me what the cheapest best food processor is that can handle this type of thing?? im disabled and can't do all the kneading but want to make my own bread etc. so badly. In small portions of course. Thank you so much for your time.


    Reply 10 months ago

    I live in Cyprus, so I guess any price I give will not really help, but for €75 you can buy this unit that's adequate for the job . . .

    Igenix 500W Food Processor Matt Grey IG8710

    Brand New with 2 year guarantee

    Main Features

    1.8 Lt Plastic Jug

    2 Lt Processing Bowl

    2 Speed Control With Pulse

    Stainless Steel Chopping Blade

    Slicing, Shredding and Grating Blade Inserts

    Emulsifying Blades

    Citrus Juicer

    Dishwasher Safe Removable Parts

    Compliance CE, RoHS, EMC, LVD,LFGB

    Cord Length 1m

    Product Dimensions 42.2cm Height x 20cm Width x 20cm Depth


    and from €100-120 you get even more suitable & powerful ones from other mainstream manufacturers.

    FOOD by Lydsnoggincy

    Reply 10 months ago

    Awesome, thanks for the wonderful tip. I didn't even think to try in the food processor I will have to give that a try next time and be sure to follow those instructions. Really informative I appreciate it.


    10 months ago

    Absolutely fabulous Instructable. I also observed you did these in a classic Italian oval-style shape. Cool beans.

    I just bought pizza fixings, so this Thursday I'll include this with my other two recipes to try. Big Pizza Party. Psst. It is "she who must be obeyed"'s birthday soon, so I'm hoping to really delight her. Your recipe, me thinks, shall do just that.


    1 reply
    FOOD by Lydsgralan

    Reply 10 months ago

    Haha, well happy birthday to "she who must be obeyed." I'm sure she will be delighted and willing to obey after this one. :) Enjoy the Pizza Party!


    Question 10 months ago on Step 9

    Question: do you bake the pizzas on the parchment paper set direcon the oven rack, or do you bake them on the parchment paper on a cookie sheet?

    1 answer
    FOOD by LydsJesgachet

    Answer 10 months ago

    I put the parchment paper on the cookie sheet and then bake them :)


    Tip 10 months ago

    I suggest shredded Mexican cheese, rather than the much blander Mozarella. Much tangier.

    1 reply

    Question 10 months ago on Step 12

    How much active yeast ? It only says 2 1/4 is that tablespoons or teaspoons. Just not sure and would love to make this for my family it looks good.

    1 answer
    FOOD by Lydsjeanneg73

    Answer 10 months ago

    It's teaspoons or 1 packet. I will update the ingredients. I'm sure the family will love it. Let me know how it goes. : )

    FOOD by LydsMicrobe

    Answer 10 months ago

    Yes, teaspoons or 1 packet. I will update the ingredients. Thank you.


    Answer 10 months ago

    teaspoons or one packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) wonder what it would be like with tons?


    Reply 10 months ago

    FWIW in the rest of the world it would be 7 grams - that's what is in a packet of dried yeast. Perhaps you can update your ingredients ;o)