Mike's Homemade Pizza


Make this homemade pizza with basic ingredients, then top it with any of your favorite toppings.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
2 12-inch pizzas



  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm water

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons shortening

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ¾ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 1 (12 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, or to taste


  1. Make the dough: Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water in a small bowl. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Combine flour, shortening, and salt in a large bowl; add yeast mixture and stir until dough comes together. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

  3. Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough into the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, water, salt, sugar, oregano, garlic powder, basil, marjoram, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and black pepper; simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  6. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12-inch circle. Place dough onto two 12-inch pizza pans; cover with sauce and mozzarella cheese.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until crusts are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 169mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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