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I remember loving my mom’s homemade pizza. Now I’m happy to make it for my own family – and my son chomps it down happily. My mom always made a white cream sauce – that will be another post :).

Homemade pizza never gives me that “heavy” feeling like frozen or takeout does, even if I eat more than my fair share. Hope you and your family enjoy this California Pizza recipe. It’s a fun thing for kids and dads to do together – maybe for mothers day?…

Ingredients for California Pizza Dough:

3/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt

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Ingredients for Easy Pizza Sauce:

1  1/2 cup marinara (whatever brand or flavor you like)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano, optional

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Ingredients for Toppings (what I used):

2 cups (8-10 oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese
6 slices of deli ham, chopped or cut into strips
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, finely sliced
6-7 mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Black olives, sliced

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More topping ideas:

Fresh Basil Leaves, roughly torn prosciutto, pork or turkey sausages, pepperoni, red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and julienned, or whatever else your heart desires. 

How to Make  Pizza Dough:

Making pizza dough in a bread-maker makes it sooo easy!

1. Add 3/4 cup water and 1 Tbsp of dry yeast in the bread maker and let it stand for a 3-5 minutes.

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2. Next, add 1/2 Tbsp of honey, 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of flour, 3/4 tsp of salt in the bread-maker in the order they are listed and select the dough setting.

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Mine takes about an hour. The dough will be sticky and it will be easy to work with once it’s oiled.

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NOTE:

Using a mixer or kneading by hand method: Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for a few minutes. Add honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and mix until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 with a mixer). The dough should be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume.

Prep the Sauce while the dough is rising since it will need time to cool down:

1. Combine 1 1/2 cup marinara, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano  in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium/low heat until it is reduced by about half, approximately 10 minutes. It needs to thicken or the pizza will be too juicy. If you need to cool sauce to room temp faster, put the saucepan into a bath of ice water.

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Once the dough is ready, preheat the Oven to 415˚F.

1. Drizzle another 2 Tbsp oil onto a large baking sheet. Transfer the dough onto the oiled baking sheet and turn it a couple times to make sure the dough is covered in oil.

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2. Roll the dough out in the cookie sheet. (I use my handy Chef Roller for this job. It saves a potentially messy step (transferring the dough after it’s rolled out) and you don’t have to clean your counter tops afterwards) and spread on the pizza sauce.

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3. Spread on the cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and onions.

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4. Bake at 415˚F for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked.

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Now, marvel at your masterpiece! Your family will be so impressed and it’s really easy.

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California Pizza Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$12
Servings: 1 XL Pizza

Ingredients

Ingredients for California Pizza Dough:

Ingredients for Easy Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup marinara whatever brand or flavor you like
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano optional

Ingredients for Toppings (what I used):

  • 2 cups 8-10 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 slices of deli ham chopped or cut into strips
  • 1 medium tomato sliced
  • 1 small red onion finely sliced
  • 6-7 mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup Black olives sliced

More topping ideas:

  • Fresh Basil Leaves roughly torn prosciutto, pork or turkey sausages, pepperoni, red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and julienned, or whatever else your heart desires.

Instructions

How to Make California Pizza Dough:

Making pizza dough in a bread-maker makes it sooo easy!

  1. Add 3/4 cup water and 1 Tbsp of dry yeast in the bread maker and let it stand for a 3-5 minutes.
  2. Next, add 1/2 Tbsp of honey, 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of flour, 3/4 tsp of salt in the bread-maker in the order they are listed and select the dough setting.
  3. Mine takes about an hour. The dough will be sticky and it will be easy to work with once it's oiled.

NOTE: Using a mixer or kneading by hand method: Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for a few minutes. Add honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and mix until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 with a mixer). The dough should be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume.

Prep the Sauce while the dough is rising since it will need time to cool down:

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cup marinara, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium/low heat until it is reduced by about half, approximately 10 minutes.
  2. It needs to thicken or the pizza will be too juicy. If you need to cool sauce to room temp faster, put the saucepan into a bath of ice water.

Once the dough is ready, preheat the Oven to 415˚F.

  1. Drizzle another 2 Tbsp oil onto a large baking sheet. Transfer the dough onto the oiled baking sheet and turn it a couple times to make sure the dough is covered in oil.
  2. Roll the dough out in the cookie sheet and spread on the pizza sauce.
  3. Spread on the cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and onions.
  4. Bake at 415˚F for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked.

Now, marvel at your masterpiece! Your family will be so impressed and it's really easy.

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  • Viktoriya T.
    January 25, 2019

    I made links wrapped in dough(sosiska v teste) using this dough. Soooooo delicious!
    And also made chicken bake like the ones sold at Costco. I actually like them better because this dough is softer and tastier. Thank you, Natasha, for sharing your foolproof recipes😊 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 26, 2019

      That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). Reply

  • Julie
    September 30, 2017

    Hi Natasha. We really liked the pizza. Thank you for your great recipes!

    I have a question, can you freeze the dough by itself? I was thinking to make a few and freeze it. Then when I need it to just thaw overnight and make it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 1, 2017

      Hi Julie, I haven’t tried freezing this dough to be honest so I’m not sure how that would work. I think it’s worth a test and if you experiment, let me know how it goes. 🙂 Reply

  • Jessica Yukhnyuk
    July 4, 2017

    Thanks a bunch for an awesome recipe. My girls enjoyed making this. Oh, & they put so much love into topping the pizza. Came out yummy and dough was perfectly cooked… looks like we will be making this more often. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2017

      Yay, I’m happy to hear the whole family enjoys this recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review Jessica! Reply

  • Olga
    March 10, 2016

    Natasha,after you took out the dough from breadmachine and rolled it out did u covered it and let it rise just little,cause my hubby likes thicker dough not thin dough? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2016

      Hi Olga, I did not wait for it to rise again, but you can if you want to. It wouldn’t hurt 🙂 Reply

  • Tina
    February 1, 2016

    I dont have a bread maker, is there another way I can make the dough?
    This looks yummy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2016

      Hi Tina, you can definitely mix and knead it by hand and then let it rise in a warm place (not warmer than 100˚F). Reply

      • tina
        February 1, 2016

        Thanks! Ill have to try it Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 1, 2016

          You’re welcome 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    February 12, 2015

    Hi Natasha! Thank you for awesome recipes, this pizza turned out delicious. have you tried freezing the pizza after it was all put together ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 12, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Anna :). Freezing should work, but you might have to increase the baking time. Reply

  • olga
    January 23, 2015

    do you have a favorite ham/pepperoni you use for pizzas? what brand? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2015

      I love Boar’s head brand for deli meat. It’s a little spendy, but the flavor is so good! I buy mine in the deli section at Fred Meyer 🙂 Reply

  • olga
    June 24, 2014

    i realy liked the dough it was easy to work with, we realy enjoyed it.:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2014

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Music to my ears! You should try the Greek pizza that I posted. It uses the same dough. So yummy! Reply

  • Lopez
    April 23, 2014

    I did just like you and it tasted better then any pizza at store! I just used this technic from this girl how to roll the dough and it was much softer and crast was delicious!!! How to make Homemade Pizza From Scratch – Recipe by Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen Ep. 86
    ByLaura in the Kitchen1,998,230 views Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 23, 2014

      I will have to check it out! I love Laura’s episodes 🙂 Thanks so much for the tip! Reply

  • Jessica
    December 5, 2013

    I never buy pizza just make it home-made!
    Thanks again for your recipes!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2013

      Woohoo!!! That’s music to my ears. Thanks Jessica 🙂 Reply

  • Aya
    November 30, 2013

    I just made this for lunch. I put leftover turkey pieces on top. It was awesome! We love this crust a lot. The dough is very easy to roll out. Thank you very much! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 30, 2013

      I love the idea of adding turkey. That’s brilliant! 🙂 Reply

  • Dina
    March 5, 2013

    Thanks for posting this recipe Natasha. I made this pizza and it turned out perfect. I used 1tsp of yeast and for the sauce I used ranch and it was delicious. Thanks again for such an amazing blog! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 5, 2013

      I’m glad you like the recipe Dina :). Reply

  • Oksana B.
    February 7, 2013

    I made two pizzas today. My very first dough didn’t come out as sticky but the second one was really sticky. However, after rising for 3-4 hours, both were extremely puffy and sticky. Interesting. Anyways, I gave one pizza to my in-laws and the other one for my little family! I can’t wait to try it! Be blessed! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2013

      Hm… I wonder why the two were different? Mine are usually sticky but once I oil them up; they roll out really easily. I hope you love the pizzas! Reply

  • Oksana B.
    February 6, 2013

    How far in advance can the pizza dough be made? If I make it tomorrow afternoon but want to bake the pizza around 7 – will the dough still be okay? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2013

      You can make it in afternoon, just cover with plastic wrap and keep it at room temperature. Reply

  • Alena
    December 11, 2012

    I have instant dry yeast. do I use the same amount? thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2012

      I really haven’t tried instant yeast so I’m not sure how it compares or if you need a different amount. Sorry that’s not very helpful 🙁 Reply

  • Tanusha
    October 31, 2012

    Hi Natasha, my family really enjoyed pizza yesturday. Yummy! I thank u soooo much 4 all of your recipes. Just quick ?, I want to buy a good breadmaker- any suggestions? Thank u! God Bless Your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2012

      You are welcome Tanya :). I like to read review on Amazon and pick machine that has good rating and not too expensive. You might like something like THISReply

  • Lidiya
    June 13, 2012

    That looks great. I been wanting to make pizza for such a long time. Not really a fan of red sauces especially knowing my husband does not like it, will try making it with some white garlic sauce… Reply

  • Natasha
    April 25, 2012

    Great pizza dough! Thank you Natasha! Reply

  • olga
    May 6, 2011

    Yes i used a 13×9″ and it was delicous i just had to leave it in the oven for extra 10 mintues! Just like pizza hut pan pizza perfect! Thanks Natasha!!!!! Reply

  • Olga
    May 5, 2011

    It turned out delicous!!!! It was like pizza hut pan pizza really good! Thanks so much darling! Plez post the white sauce soon cant wait to make it!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 5, 2011

      Thanks Olga! I love hearing peoples cooking success stories 🙂 So glad you liked it. Did you end up using all the dough in the 13×9? Reply

  • Olga
    May 5, 2011

    If i use 13×9” pan will my dough be messed up or just a thick crust? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 5, 2011

      I’d use 1/4 less of the dough. You will have a thicker softer crust and might have to bake a couple minutes longer if you use the full amount. Reply

  • Larisa
    May 5, 2011

    Im using oster bread machine it works great for dough! When adding all ingredients does it first come out not sticky but when it rises it becomes sticky? i checked my dough after half hour and it seems like its not sticky dough i used exact ingredients you gave:) any idea Natasha? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 5, 2011

      It’s hard to say without seeing it. It should be very soft and easy to roll once the dough is finished rising and you put oil on it. Mine was sticky before i oiled it. You can try 1 tbsp flour less next time if your dough isn’t as soft as you’d like. Let me know how it turns out for you. Reply

  • Ester
    May 5, 2011

    Is it ok if i use 13×9? or will the crust be too thick? Reply

  • Ester
    May 5, 2011

    is that a 13″x9″ pan your using? Reply

  • Ester
    May 5, 2011

    Only ebay sells the rollor? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 5, 2011

      Amazon or eBay is where I found them. I think they are $20 plus s&h also direct from pampered chef. I like amazon 🙂 I have links to amazon and eBay in the shop tab at the top under cooks tools. It’s also great for pies and that cherry cheesecake! Reply

  • Ester
    May 5, 2011

    Your very welcome! God bless you too!!!!!:) Reply

  • Ester
    May 5, 2011

    🙂 You should post “Tres Leches”cake!its mexican, So spongy and has 3 types of milk to cream! Definitly should try baking it!

    REcipe-

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    1 cup white sugar
    5 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 cups whole milk
    1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
    1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions
    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
    2.Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
    3.Cream butter or margarine and the 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat well.
    4.Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    5.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
    6.Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
    7.Whip whipping cream, the remaining 1 cup of the sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, enjoy! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 5, 2011

      WOW thank you soo much! My cousin sent me a recipe for tres leches cake a couple weeks ago as well – I know I have to try to make it soon! I will compare the recipes and see if I can combine them – they seem very similar. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me your recipe. You are awesome! God bless you! Reply

  • Angela
    May 4, 2011

    Yes plez post white sauce cant wait either:):) Reply

  • Tanya
    May 4, 2011

    When is the one with white sauce coming up? 🙂 Can’t wait. Reply

  • Angela
    May 4, 2011

    quick question Can you post some smoothie recipes for summertime thank you!!!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 4, 2011

      Of course!! I’ll be posting more summer recipes like smoothies and compot for summer. I’ll put them both on my list. Reply

  • Natasha
    May 4, 2011

    oh ok cuz i dont have that in hand! Thanx ill try it! also adding green bell pepper will give it flavor and color! thanx again girl!!!!!!!!!!! Reply

  • Natasha
    May 4, 2011

    Is there a reason u dont use plain all purpose flour? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 4, 2011

      Unbleached is just healthier than bleached. It keeps more of it’s nutritive value if it is unbleached. Reply

  • a11a
    May 4, 2011

    Natasha, thanks for bring this pizza over to our house for Slavik and I to enjoy. It was delicious. Cooking with a new baby at home is impossible and food from friends and family is very appreciated. Reply

    • Natasha
      May 4, 2011

      You’re welcome. I love cooking for family. Let me know if you are ever feeling run down and I will make you another! Reply

      • Anna m
        October 28, 2011

        Natasha I’m feeling a little run down can u make me a pizza hehe Reply

        • Natasha
          October 28, 2011

          I’m feeling run down too Anna – sorry. I’m not even cooking for myself tonight. But, nice try! Reply

  • Natasha
    May 4, 2011

    Bread flour or all-purpose flour? Thanx Reply

  • Inna
    May 4, 2011

    Natasha, this pizza looks amazing, I love all of the ingredients! Reply

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