how-to-make-sheet-pan-pizza-47a96042c55bb803054a8636How to Make Sheet Pan Pizza (Step-by-Step)

Take your frozen pizza nights to the next level with a simple and delicious sheet pan pizza. No pizza oven or pizza stone is needed - this hassle-free recipe guarantees incredible flavor without compromise. Whether you're a master of homemade pizza dough from scratch or prefer store-bought options, sheet pan pizza is destined to become a crowd favorite. Elevate your pizza game easily and indulge in a mouthwatering experience like never before!

To begin, the first step is deciding on the type of dough that suits your preference. For those looking to truly impress, the option of crafting your delicious dough is open (remember to allocate ample time for the rising process). However, for a more convenient approach without compromising on quality, numerous grocery stores offer pre-made pizza dough near their deli section at an affordable price. The choice is yours, whether you seek a rewarding baking experience or prefer the ease and simplicity of a store-bought alternative.

Now that you have your dough ready, let's explore the exciting world of pizza toppings. What's your pizza vision? Will it be a classic delight decorated with red tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni? Or perhaps, you crave the elegance of a white pizza featuring parmesan, Alfredo sauce, and a drizzle of olive oil? For those seeking a gourmet twist, a pesto base topped with creamy burrata, succulent peaches, zesty arugula, and a touch of hot honey could be an exquisite choice.

Maybe you proudly stand in the camp that embraces pineapple on pizza, leading you to embark on a delicious Hawaiian adventure with the perfect pairing of ham. Alternatively, you might be the bold type, eager to load your pizza with a medley of toppings, believing that the more, the merrier!

The options are boundless and it's time to unleash your creativity and culinary desires to craft the perfect pizza that truly excites your taste buds. So, which delightful combination will you bring to life on your pizza night? The choice is yours, and the possibilities are mouthwatering!


To kickstart your sheet pan pizza adventure, the first step is to ensure your pizza dough reaches room temperature. This important step enables the dough to stretch effortlessly to fit your baking sheet, as opposed to the tendency of cold dough to snap back. While your dough warms up, take this opportunity to prepare all your toppings and the delectable sauce you've chosen for your sheet pan pizza masterpiece.

With your ingredients ready to go, drizzle approximately a tablespoon of olive oil onto your baking sheet, ensuring a delightful non-stick surface for your dough during baking. Gently press the ball of dough onto the sheet, using your fingers to spread it evenly to the edges. Maintaining a consistent thickness across the dough is key to avoiding any uneven cooking. Should the dough not stretch to the edges, don't fret—rest assured that the flavor will remain just as scrumptious!


Now your sheet pan pizza canvas is set and you're well-prepared to unleash your culinary flair. Let your imagination run wild with toppings and customize your pizza based on your cravings!


For a delectable white pizza, explore flavors of mascarpone, pecorino, or parmesan, beautifully complemented by a drizzle of olive oil and fresh garlic. On the other hand, if you're opting for a red pizza, consider crafting your tomato sauce using canned tomatoes (with San Marzano tomatoes being an excellent choice), enriched with tomato paste and aromatic spices like oregano. Alternatively, you can conveniently select your favorite pre-made tomato sauce from the store.


Once you've chosen your pizza sauce, generously spread it onto the dough, ensuring a smooth and even layer. Leave approximately an inch of space between the sauce and the edge of the dough, allowing for a delectably crispy pizza crust once it's baked to perfection.

Now comes the delightful cheese selection: for a white pizza, indulge in the delightful tang of Parmesan cheese or pecorino Romano. For an even more luxurious twist, consider the velvety goodness of mascarpone. On the other hand, if you lean towards a red pizza, mozzarella cheese will lend a classic taste, with burrata bringing creamy indulgence and goat cheese offering a unique and delightful taste with a slight tang.

With these numerous choices, your sheet pan pizza is destined for greatness, and your taste buds are in for a treat like never before. So, let your culinary creativity flourish, and savor the joy of making a pizza that's truly your own!

When it's time to unleash your creativity with toppings, the options truly know no bounds. If you're preparing pizza for the family and preferences differ, a brilliant solution is to divide the crust in half. One side can be adorned with your favorite toppings, while the other side caters to their individual choices. This simple and ingenious idea ensures the whole family enjoys a delightful dinner that perfectly suits their tastes with no fuss.

Classic and beloved toppings such as pepperoni slices, ham, mushrooms, bacon, Italian sausage, peppers, onions, and olives are always a hit. Yet, don't hesitate to venture into the realm of culinary innovation. Dare to explore new territories by experimenting with unconventional toppings, like sliced peaches, thin-sliced apples, or even fennel. The art of crafting your personalized pizza masterpiece is bound to inspire a sense of culinary adventure.

how-to-make-sheet-pan-pizza-9624a017bb93014c14954572Once your pizza is expertly topped, it's time to work its magic in the oven. Set the temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and let it bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Your taste buds will rejoice as the crust turns crispy and the cheese becomes irresistibly bubbly.

After taking your mouthwatering pizza pie out of the oven, feel free to add an extra touch of flair. Elevate the taste with red pepper flakes, a sprinkle of black pepper, or the freshness of fragrant fresh basil leaves. For a fresh flare, opt for a delightful combination of fresh arugula, a drizzle of olive oil, and a splash of lemon juice. If you crave a harmonious balance of sweetness and heat, consider indulging in the delightful contrast of hot honey drizzled on your pizza.


If you end up with any leftover pizza, feel free to wrap it in aluminum foil and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days to enjoy later.  For maximum crispiness when reheating, pop your pizza in the toaster oven or oven set to broil for a couple of minutes before enjoying it!

Now that your stomach is probably growling after reading all about the endless possibilities for a delicious homemade pizza, try our Sheet Pan Pizza with Homemade Chicken Sausage and Fennel!