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Basic Pizza Recipe

Use this quick and easy pizza recipe as a canvas for all your favorite topping combos—hot and fresh in 30 minutes or less!

Serves 4
Ready in 25 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 15 mins
483 calories per serving


> 1 (16 oz) ball pizza dough, thawed if frozen
> 3/4 cup pizza sauce
> 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
> 1 tbsp olive oil
> 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves


Preheat pizza stone or large cookie sheet in 450°F oven. Meanwhile, let the pizza dough stand at room temperature until soft and pliable.
Stretch and roll out dough to 11- to 12-inch circle. Place on a large sheet of parchment. Top with the sauce and cheese, leaving 1-inch rim. Brush rim with the olive oil.
Using parchment, carefully transfer pizza onto preheated pizza stone or pan, leaving pizza on parchment. Bake 15–17 min., until golden brown on bottom. Garnish with the basil.


To keep things mess-free, pull the pizza onto a large cutting board or other flat surface using the parchment, then open the oven and pull the parchment to place the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone.

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