The 30 Minute Pizza

by Merissa on August 25, 2010

in Recipes

How to make a 30 Minute Pizza totally from scratch that your family will love.

The 30 Minute Pizza

Do you ever run into this problem? You know that you need to get a meal on the table but before you know it you look up at the clock and realize that you only have a short amount of time to do it in but you know you still want to whip up something delicious with what you have in your pantry.

Several years ago, there was a night when I promised my husband that he could have pizza for supper but of course, plans change and we ended up having a bunch to do when he got home. Finally, it was 5:30pm and I knew we had to leave at 6:30pm. I opened the fridge and looked at the things I could warm up for supper but then I remembered that I had promised him that pizza...and that's his favorite!

Thus the 30-minute pizza was born and it became a simple go-to meal for us for many years. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did! Unlike other "quick pizza recipes" this pizza crust recipe is still 100% from scratch so that you can use what you have in your pantry and not have to buy a prepared crust. In the future, you may also want to make your own Frozen Pizza Dough so that you can have a pizza that is just as quick as this one but with a little bit better crust. Or try this Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe for something a little healthier.

30 Minute Pizza

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • mayo (optional)
  • mozzarella cheese

In a bowl, mix together the warm water, yeast, and sugar.

Let it sit while you are mixing together the flour, olive oil, and salt. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture.

Knead for about 2 minutes until the dough gets smoother. Roll out and place on a pizza pan in a warm place. While you are getting out the toppings, cover the dough and let it rise just a bit. Preheat the oven to 375F.

When the dough has risen for about 5 minutes it should look a little puffy, stick it in the oven for about 5-6 minutes. Then take it out and spread the mayo on the top(I know it sounds a little different but trust me on this one! It's like a yummy white sauce with a little kick.) If the idea of the mayo scares you a bit, go for a traditional Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe or even just throw together some tomatoes and a few spices in a blender.

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (bonus points if you've even made your own Homemade Mozzarella) on top of that. You could also add, cooked chicken, tomatoes, or whatever other toppings you like. Stick it back in the oven and back until the crust and the cheese is browned on the top. Enjoy!

30 Minute Pizza Recipe

If you love a quick pizza you may also love this recipe for Pizza Roll Ups. They can be made ahead of time and frozen so that you can pull them out for a simple meal whenever you need to!

Would your family enjoy this 30 minute pizza recipe?


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mxgal March 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Can’t wait to try it!


2 Missy Steiger January 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

Kids want pizza and it’s 50 mins. till lunch. Gonna try it! Thanks!


3 Mary Foerster January 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Question: A TABLESPOON of yeast? Isn’t that quite a lot for just 2 cups flour? Thought I’d double check with ya before I waste the flour, thanks!


4 Merissa January 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

A tablespoon is correct. That’s what make sit rise so fast.


5 Kathleen Anderson November 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I am making this tonight….sounds good.


6 Lindsey @ And the Kitchen Sink August 26, 2016 at 9:11 am

This is awesome! We usually cheat and buy the already made pizza dough for ours to save time, but this would make it so much easier!


7 Ardith August 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

This looks good and easy to make, Merissa, so I’ll be making it asap. Thanks so much, Ardith


8 Kimberfrog August 26, 2016 at 11:42 pm

I just made this! This was fast, easy and tasty! Thank you for sharing🌸


9 Sophia Rose August 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

I’ve not tried to make a quick dough from scratch. Sounds very do-able and I like the idea of freezer dough to make ahead for during my work week. Thanks, Merissa!


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