Your pizza night just became EPIC! This easy cheese pizza has the most incredible cheesy depth to it. With a delicious crust and homemade pizza sauce, cook this for your friends and family and you’ll quickly be elevated to legendary status!
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Why you’ll love this homemade cheese pizza recipe
What ingredients do I need?
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photograph below.
Pizza night has NEVER tasted so good, packed with cheesy flavor, this is an EPIC pizza that is a real crowd pleaser! Tonight, is the next pizza night – right?
Pizza oven or oven?
For years we used to make pizza in a traditional kitchen oven.
We’d place a pizza stone on the rack, and we’d make a pretty decent pizza in it.
But then we got a pizza oven and OH MY GOODNESS, it’s AMAZING!
Nothing compares to the taste and the cook that you get in a pizza oven.
And did we mention how quick it is?
A pizza cooked in as little as 60 seconds?
Now we are spoiled and can NEVER cook pizza in a kitchen oven again!
Which is the best pizza oven?
We must admit, we haven’t tried all the pizza ovens on the market – who could?
But we have one favorite.
One that we could never let out of our lives again – it’s THAT good!
It’s the Ooni Karu 16 multi fuel and it’s totally AWESOME!
We’ll be writing a more in-depth review shortly but in a nutshell…
It’s stylish, and this little fella (we call ours Luigi after a chef in our favorite pizza restaurant in Sorrento) makes an attractive addition to your backyard, or porch, or he can even be carried down to the beach.
It’s quick, like in LIGHTNING quick!
You can cook a pizza in as little as 60 seconds.
Using both gas and natural fuel, you can choose if you go for convenience or a smoky stone baked taste.
In our humble opinion, it is just perfect, and we think that everyone should have a Luigi in their lives.
What do I serve with homemade pizza?
We love nothing better than tucking into a classic cheese pizza, but it’s good to serve it with different things.
Eat it on its own but dip it into your favorite dipping sauces.
Or if you want to feel good, then a simple Italian green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette would be a great choice.
Do I need to make my own pizza dough?
No, you don’t.
Homemade pizza dough is great, it’s super fresh, it’s handcrafted, and made by you.
If you have time, then do it.
There’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a homemade pizza crust.
But we all lead busy lives - right?
And sometimes all you want to do is to grab a pizza base, load it up and throw it into your pizza oven.
We certainly do!
So, using store bought pizza dough or pizza crust, is absolutely fine.
Let’s talk pizza sauce
Now, we’re quite passionate about pizza sauce.
If you’re going to the trouble of making a homemade pizza, you want it to be amazing - right?
So don’t buy pizza sauce - make it!
We put marinara sauce on all our pizza crusts.
It’s like a layer of tasty happiness that creates a robust, Italian base for all the flavors that you layer on top of it.
And this basic pizza sauce takes just 15 minutes to make.
You’ll need to blitz it in a blender, but it’s worth it.
You can make it ahead AND it freezes too - what’s not to love?
What cheese do I use on a cheese pizza?
We’ve used three different kinds of cheese on our pizza.
Mozzarella cheese, vegetarian grated Parmesan cheese, and goat cheese.
They really compliment each other giving an amazing cheesy taste.
We use grated mozzarella as fresh mozzarella has a lot of moisture.
So, in our opinion, they are the best cheese to use, but of course, you can use other cheeses if you prefer.
And if you love goat cheese, then you should check out this goat cheese risotto from Whole Food Bellies!
How do I store leftover pizza?
Our homemade cheese pizza recipe will keep for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Recipe notes and expert tips
Use flour Make sure you flour your paddle, pizza stone, or pizza tray to avoid the crust from sticking.
More easy recipes for you to try
If you love our cheese pizza recipe then you’ll be pleased to know we’ve got more pizza recipes coming soon, but in the meantime, check out these easy recipes!
How to make homemade cheese pizza with step by step instructions
Making our cheese pizza recipe is easy if you follow our simple instructions.
If you’re making it in an Ooni pizza oven
Preheat your Ooni to 850°F/450°C.
Lightly flour your pizza paddle with flour, to avoid the crust from sticking.
Spread pizza sauce on the pizza crust, leaving a half inch border.
Then, add vegetarian Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and then finally goat cheese.
Place your cheese pizza in the oven for approximately 1-2 minutes, ensuring you turn it every 20 seconds and cook it evenly.
Your pizza crust will be golden brown and crispy, and the toppings perfectly cooked.
Once the pizza has cooked, remove it from the oven, garnish with a little fresh basil and serve immediately.
Enjoy your awesome cheese pizza!
If you’re making it in a regular oven
Preheat your oven to 500°F/260°C and position an oven rack in the lower part of your oven.
Lightly flour a baking sheet or pizza pan, and place your pizza crust on it.
Then spread pizza sauce over the crust, leaving a half inch border.
Next, add vegetarian Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and goat cheese.
Place in the oven and cook for approximately 8 - 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, garnish with a little fresh basil and serve immediately.
Enjoy your delicious cheese pizza!
We hope you enjoy making and eating our homemade classic cheese pizza recipe and would love to hear how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Classic cheese pizza made 2 ways
- All purpose flour to coat your work surface
- 1 12 inch pizza base
- ½ cup Marinara sauce
- ¼ cup Vegetarian Parmesan cheese finely grated
- 4 oz Mozzarella cheese grated or sliced
- 2 oz Goats cheese crumbled
- Basil leaves torn for garnish
If using the Ooni pizza oven
- Preheat your Ooni to 650°F/340°C
- Lightly dust your pizza paddle with flour, then place your pizza base on the flour. Spread marinara sauce on the pizza crust, leaving a half inch border. Then, add vegetarian Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and then finally goat cheeseAll purpose flour, 1 12 inch pizza base, ½ cup Marinara sauce, ¼ cup Vegetarian Parmesan cheese, 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, 2 oz Goats cheese
- Place your cheese pizza in the oven for approximately 2 -3 minutes, ensuring you turn it every 20 seconds and cook it evenly. Your pizza crust will be golden brown and crispy, and the toppings perfectly cooked. Once the pizza has cooked, remove it from the oven, garnish with a little fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy your awesome cheese pizza!Basil leaves
If using a kitchen oven
- Preheat your oven to 500°F/260°C
- Lightly flour a baking sheet or pizza pan, and place your pizza crust on it. Then spread marinara sauce over the crust, leaving a half inch border. Next, add vegetarian Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and goat cheeseAll purpose flour, 1 12 inch pizza base, ½ cup Marinara sauce, ¼ cup Vegetarian Parmesan cheese, 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, 2 oz Goats cheese
- Place in the oven and cook for approximately 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, garnish with a little fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy your delicious cheese pizza!Basil leaves
Coming soon Don’t have the different cheese?
Substitute for different ones but make sure they are good to use on pizza Use flour
Make sure you flour your paddle, pizza stone, or pizza tray to avoid the crust from sticking
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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