DIY Pizza

pizza slice with all the toppingsThe best part of homemade pizza is getting it exactly the way you like it. “What’s a good New York pizza?” asks Tony Muia, founder of A Slice of Brooklyn pizza tour. “A combination of all the ingredients: the cheese mingles with the sauce, which mingles with the crust. A pizza that exemplifies all those things is the best!” Start with this basic recipe for New York-style pizza and from there, let your taste buds be your guide.

New York-Style Pizza (adapted from

1 lb pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)

1 can tomato sauce

1 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

1 tbsp dried oregano

Preheat oven to 475°F. Flatten dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a 12-inch circle and place on baking sheet. Spread tomato sauce evenly over dough. Sprinkle with cheese, basil and oregano. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until bottom of crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Let cool. Slice and eat!

Custom Tips

  • Spicy-food fans, drizzle sriracha hot sauce over the toppings for an extra kick.
  • Breakfast lovers, crack a whole egg on top before baking for a gooey golden treat.
  • For a perfectly crispy crust, cook your pie on a preheated pizza stone.

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What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Tell us in the comments below.

By Heather Li

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  1. Johnson McGee says

    Oh wow, this pizza looks incredibly delicious! I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. I bet it would go great with a garden salad. In addition, I’m going to pick up some blue cheese dressing for it. Where do you recommend I buy my ingredients?

  2. Steve Holt says

    Thanks for the recipe. I liked your idea to drizzle sriracha sauce on my pizza. There have been a few times when I needed an extra kick to my pizza. I can’t believe that I haven’t thought to add sriracha sauce before. It seems like that would give any pizza the kick it needs.

  3. Megan says

    Oh, yum! Those pictures look delicious. Homemade pizza has always been one of my favorite things to eat. I’ve actually never put basil on my pizzas, though. I’m going to have to try that sometime. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Usually, if my family wants pizza we go to a restaurant, but I guess I know what I’ll be making for dinner tonight.

  4. Sara Killinger says

    I was surprised to find an excellent pizza recipe on an insurance site! However, after looking at the picture and seeing how delicious this pizza looks, I could care less which site it came from. I have never attempted to make my own pizza before and typically go to a restaurant whenever I am craving a slide. However, this recipe looks like it is incredibly simple to make and also delicious. I will definitely try this recipe out next weekend.

  5. Jeff says

    New York-style pizza is my absolute favorite! I always have a hard time making pizza on my own, specifically the dough. I have tried many recipes, but it is always to hard or falls apart. Maybe I’ll give this recipe a shot with a store bought dough instead.

  6. Deanna R. Jones says

    I really like your custom tips for creating a more unique pizza experience. I’ve heard that sriracha sauce makes everything taste better, so that seems like that would be worth trying. I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of fry sauce. It seems like drizzling some fry sauce over any type of pizza would be pretty tasty.

    • Susanna Farer says

      OMG YAASSS!! I love sriracha! Never thought of putting it on pizza though.. Thanks for the idea! 🙂