How Long to Cook a Homemade Pizza


Making homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to do. It’s fun, it’s not that hard, and the results are well worth the effort. If you’re wondering just how long it takes to cook a homemade pizza, check out this guide:

Preheat the pizza stone.

  • Preheat a pizza stone.
  • Place the stone in your oven and set it to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (or as high as your oven will go). Let it preheat for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 45 minutes.
  • Remove the pizza from its box and place on a cutting board or other flat surface that will fit into your oven with room to spare around all sides of it (don’t forget about those handles!).

Add a little flour to the dough.

Add a little flour to the dough.

You can use a pastry brush or a spoon to do this, but be careful not to overdo it–you want just enough flour so that your pizza will be easy to roll out without sticking to the rolling pin or surface you’re using. The brand of flour you use will also affect how much you need; if you’re using all-purpose white flour, start with 1/4 cup (about 30 grams) and add more as needed until there is no visible stickiness on top of the ball when rolled into thin sheets of dough.

Roll out the dough.

Roll out the dough.

Fold the edges of your pizza crust in toward the center, then cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes (this will make it easier to roll out). Sprinkle a little flour onto your countertop and place your dough on top of it; sprinkle more flour on top of your dough if necessary. Use a rolling pin or wine bottle to roll out the dough into an even circle about 1/4 inch thick (or as thin as you like).

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

Preheat your oven for at least 30 minutes. This will ensure that it’s hot enough when you put in your pizza.

If you’re using a pizza stone, place it on the middle rack of your oven and preheat as directed above. If not, just place an upside-down baking sheet in there instead; no need to preheat this!

Spread sauce on pizza crust.


Now it’s time to spread your sauce. This is important because the sauce is the most essential part of any pizza, and if you don’t do it right, everything else will fall apart. When spreading your sauce on top of your crust, make sure you cover all areas evenly with a thin layer (about 1/4 inch thick). If there are any spots where there isn’t enough sauce or too much left behind in the pan when you go to transfer them onto parchment paper or baking sheet for baking later on in this process!

Add your toppings, then cheese and spices.

Add your toppings, then cheese and spices.

How long to cook a homemade pizza depends on the toppings. If you add too many toppings, it will take longer for the pizza to cook through properly–and if there aren’t enough cheese or spices on top of those ingredients (or if all of those things are undercooked), then even more time will be needed before it’s ready for eating!

Bake 12-18 minutes or until golden brown on top and bottom of crust is cooked through.

Bake the pizza 12-18 minutes or until golden brown on top and bottom of crust is cooked through. If you want to cook the pizza longer, keep it in the oven a little longer. If you want to cook the pizza less, take it out of the oven sooner.

Making your own homemade pizza is delicious but it takes a little more time than you might expect

When you make your own pizza, it’s not just about the taste. It’s also about the health benefits and savings.

  • Health: Homemade pizza is healthier than takeout because it has less sodium and fat, plus you can top your homemade pizza with whatever ingredients you like (veggies!).
  • Cost: Homemade pizzas are less expensive than ordering out because they’re made from scratch in your kitchen rather than being pre-made at a restaurant or delivered by an outside vendor–and if you have kids who want to help with making their own pizzas, this will give them a great opportunity to learn new skills while saving money at the same time!
  • Fun factor: Making homemade pizza is fun! Kids love rolling out dough into circles; adults love spreading sauce onto those circles; everyone enjoys eating delicious food together around the table after dinner has been served up fresh from the oven…what could be better?


Now that you know how long it takes to make a homemade pizza, you can start experimenting with different toppings and baking times. You might also want to try making your own dough! If so, we hope this article helped you get started on the right foot with some helpful tips on how long it takes for each step in the process

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