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I love it when the whole family gets involved in making a meal. The process is seriously entertaining. I made the pizza dough (check out the recipe for perfect pizza crust below), then stood back and watched my two chefs create, each one trying to out-do the other.

My son kept saying that his was “the bestest one” because he didn’t add onions and because he used the most cheese. I call their pizzas “supreme” because they were loaded with nearly all the toppings I had out.

My son sure enjoyed building his pizza and he was so proud of his accomplishment. He sat in front of the oven until the pizza had finished baking. He was so excited! I savored every moment of it. I should have them make lunch more often! Keep this pizza recipe in mind for father’s day since the whole family can be a part of creating a delicious masterpiece that would make Dad proud 😉 Homemade Personal Pan Pizzas-10

My son is 4, turning 5 in July and he’s already very good at sifting, mixing, mess making, cracking eggs, and using the hand cranked egg beater for anything he can get his hands on! I think he started mixing ingredients together when he was 2, but with practice, 90% of it is now in the bowl rather than the floor. Anyway, he was beaming when his pizza came out of the oven.

The Best Homemade Individual Pizzas (Greek and Supreme Versions). Great idea for Father's Day! @NatashasKitchen

Ingredients for Perfect Pizza Dough:

3/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil + more to oil baking pan & work surface
2 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup cornmeal for baking

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Ingredients for Easy Pizza Sauce:

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

Greek Pizza Toppings:

Mozzarella cheese, grated
Marinated artichokes, Quartered
Black olives or Kalamata olives, sliced
Baby tomatoes, halved
Red onion, halved and thinly sliced
drizzle of EVOO
Feta sprinkled for garnish after pizza is baked

Supreme Pizza Toppings:

Mozzarella cheese, grated
Ham, or pepperoni
Sliced black olives,
Mushrooms, sliced,
Red onion, halved and thinly sliced
Tomato, sliced
Bell pepper, thinly sliced or diced
Grated Parmesan Cheese, optional

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How to Make the Pizza Dough:

(this dough can also be made in a bread maker):

1. Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for about 7 minutes for the yeast to activate. Don’t use hot water or you will ruin the yeast.

2. Whisk in honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and knead until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 if using a mixer). The dough should be sticky.

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3. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume (45 min to 1 hr at room temp or 25-30 min in a warm 100˚F oven).

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

1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan. 2. Simmer over medium/low heat until it is reduced by about a third. It needs to thicken or the pizza will be too juicy. If you need to cool sauce to room temp faster, transfer sauce to a bowl and place in a bath of ice water.

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How to Assemble & Bake Pizzas:

1. Generously sprinkle baking pans with cornmeal; this keeps the crust crisper and prevents sticking to the pan. You can also oil pans if you don’t have cornmeal.

2. Grease a clean work surface and your hands with olive oil. Transfer dough to oiled surface and cut into three even pieces. Form each piece into an 8″ round pizza crust using your hands and transfer to baking pans lined with cornmeal.

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3. Spread 1/3 pizza sauce on each pizza leaving a 1/2″ border of dough all the way around. Add plenty of mozzarella cheese and any of your favorite toppings; this is where it gets really fun! (See list of toppings above for supreme pizza or Greek Pizza).

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They were really, really proud of their pizzas. P.S. Tough guys make pizza… see their guns? 😉

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These two… :).

The Best Homemade Individual Pizzas (Greek and Supreme Versions). Great idea for Father's Day! @NatashasKitchen

4. Bake pizzas at 415˚ F for 15 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked. Cheese will be melted and turn golden in a few spots. For those of you who are visual learners, here’s a peak at how we assembled the supreme pizzas:

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Please take a moment to wipe the drool off your keyboard.

The Best Homemade Individual Pizzas (Greek and Supreme Versions). Great idea for Father's Day! @NatashasKitchen

And the Greek Pizza – my favorite: (Tips: once the toppings are on, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. After the pizza comes out of the oven, sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese. It’s so bomb!)

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And a little more of the aftermath:

The Best Homemade Individual Pizzas (Greek and Supreme Versions). Great idea for Father's Day! @NatashasKitchen

There was plenty of this happening:

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And this (sweetest fish lips in the world? I think so):

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If When you try these pizzas, report back and let me know what toppings you tried. You can totally get creative and make it your own. It’s such a simple and great recipe.

Homemade Individual Pizzas

4.84 from 60 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
A pizza sitting on top of a wooden cutting board
I love it when the whole family gets involved in making a meal. Keep this pizza recipe in mind for father’s day since the whole family can be a part of creating a delicious masterpiece that would make Dad proud.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium/ Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$20 varies by toppings
Keyword: Individual Pizzas
Cuisine: American, Italian
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

For the Pizza Dough:

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil + more to oil baking pan & work surface
  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup cornmeal for baking

For the Easy Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup store-bought marinara whatever brand or flavor you like
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp oregano optional

Greek Pizza Toppings

  • my favorite pizza, hands down:
  • Mozzarella cheese grated
  • Marinated artichokes Quartered
  • Black olives or Kalamata olives sliced
  • Baby tomatoes halved
  • Red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • drizzle of EVOO
  • Feta sprinkled for garnish after pizza is baked

Supreme Pizza Toppings:

  • Mozzarella cheese grated
  • Ham or pepperoni
  • Sliced black olives
  • Mushrooms sliced,
  • Red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • Tomato sliced
  • Bell pepper thinly sliced or diced
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese optional

Instructions

How to Make the Pizza Dough

  1. (this dough can also be made in a bread maker):
  2. Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for about 7 minutes for the yeast to activate. Don't use hot water or you will ruin the yeast.
  3. Whisk in honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and knead until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 if using a mixer). The dough should be sticky.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume (45 min to 1 hr at room temp or 25-30 min in a warm 100˚F oven).

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

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  2. Simmer over medium/low heat until it is reduced by about a third. It needs to thicken or the pizza will be too juicy. If you need to cool sauce to room temp faster, transfer sauce to a bowl and place in a bath of ice water.

How to Assemble & Bake Pizzas:

  1. Generously sprinkle baking pans with cornmeal; this keeps the crust crisper and prevents sticking to the pan. You can also oil pans if you don't have cornmeal.
  2. Grease a clean work surface and your hands with olive oil. Transfer dough to oiled surface and cut into three even pieces. Form each piece into an 8" round pizza crust using your hands and transfer to baking pans lined with cornmeal.
  3. Spread 1/3 pizza sauce on each pizza leaving a 1/2" border of dough all the way around. Add plenty of mozzarella cheese and any of your favorite toppings; this is where it gets really fun! (See list of toppings above for supreme pizza or Greek Pizza).
  4. Bake pizzas at 415 degrees F for 15 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked. Cheese will be melted and turn golden in a few spots.
  5. (Tip for the Greek Pizza: once the toppings are on, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. After the pizza comes out of the oven, sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese. It's so good!)

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    June 11, 2014

    i like cooking home made lasagna

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    June 10, 2014

    We love tacos, pork roast, or bacon & eggs!

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    June 10, 2014

    We love cooking spaghetti

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    June 10, 2014

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    June 10, 2014

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  • Dario
    June 10, 2014

    my specialty is meatloaf and my trick is i use a lot of ketchup in the mix

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  • Daniel M
    June 10, 2014

    pizza is always a fav around here

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  • Robby Rob
    June 10, 2014

    a family favorite that everyone eats is Meatball Subs

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  • linda h
    June 10, 2014

    Our favorite is eggplant parmesan. Lots of different tasks to share

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  • April V.
    June 10, 2014

    We tend to take turns cooking though my husband does most of it since he’s currently unemployed. Usually we all pitch in as needed but he loves to cook so he likes to have everything as ready as possible before I even get home from work.

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    June 10, 2014

    We like making homemade potato chips with the little wieners wrapped in crescent rolls.

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    June 9, 2014

    we like to make spaghetti and meatballs as a family

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    • Diane Baum
      June 10, 2014

      We love to bake as a family

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  • Janine
    June 9, 2014

    I love making a Broccoli lasagna

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    June 9, 2014

    We like to make spaghetti.

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    We love cooking spaghetti together as a family

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  • Amity J
    June 9, 2014

    Pizza for sure but we also like to do build your own taco nights as well…

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  • BusyWorkingMama
    June 9, 2014

    I like your pizza recipes! We like to make homemade pizza as well. My 6 year old loves to help out in the kitchen and recently we made a delicious salad together.

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  • Ramona Kako
    June 8, 2014

    My kids pick something from a cookbook, we get the ingredients and I help them make it

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  • RONDA
    June 8, 2014

    I had pizza today…yum!

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    June 8, 2014

    I like make my world famous potato salad.

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    June 8, 2014

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    June 8, 2014

    I like making mac and cheese.

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  • Lisa V.
    June 8, 2014

    Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are when we get together as a family to cook.

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  • Anthony
    June 8, 2014

    We like to make homemade pizza

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    June 7, 2014

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    June 7, 2014

    my family love meatloaf

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    June 7, 2014

    My family likes to make spaghetti and lasagna together. I give everyone their own special job to do.

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    June 6, 2014

    My favorite meal to cook as a family are soups! My specialities are french onion soup, beef bourginon, and white chicken chili!

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    June 6, 2014

    My family likes to barbecue hamburgers as a family!
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    June 6, 2014

    fettucine alfredo with brussel sprouts

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    June 6, 2014

    My kids always loved to help with stir fries.

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    June 6, 2014

    Veggie stir fry is our favorite because everyone gets to pick some of their fav veggies and help chop, chop, chop!

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    June 6, 2014

    my daughter loves spaghetti with meatballs

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    June 6, 2014

    We like to make pizza, tacos and cookies together.

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    June 6, 2014

    We like to make pizza, tacos and cookies together.

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    June 6, 2014

    We like making tacos, assembly line style, then we eat.

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  • donald light
    June 6, 2014

    We also love making pizzas together that or we make fajitas those two are our favorites to do.

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  • Linda G.
    June 6, 2014

    We make pizza’s together as a family. Everyone get to make their own small pizza with their favorite toppings on it.In the summer we make our pizza’s on the grill.

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    June 6, 2014

    My husband’s specialty is his hot wings. My kids are teens and they love to help him prepare hot wings.

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  • Becca
    June 6, 2014

    We love making spaghetti, which we bake in the oven for a bit. Does that count as a specialty?

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      June 6, 2014

      Yes, of course it does! 🙂

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    June 5, 2014

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  • rose
    June 5, 2014

    As a kid, every sunday was homemade pizza night. Mom made the dough and we all got to “decorate” our portion with our favorite toppings! I finally learned to make dough by hand, and now enjoy making it for my little fam!

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    June 5, 2014

    We love making spaghetti and tacos as a family.
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    Your pizza looks so good.
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    June 5, 2014

    I guess my specialities would be a cheesy enchilada meal or a beef roast

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  • Anastasia
    June 5, 2014

    Enchiladas are one of our favorites. There are a lot of ingredients to get ready, so the little ones can be a big help shredding lettuce and getting out the olives while the older kids dice tomatoes and onions!

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      June 5, 2014

      How fun! I have to say, your profile picture is so adorable! 🙂

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    June 5, 2014

    We love pizza, tuna casserole, spaghetti and cheese enchiladas
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    June 5, 2014

    i usually prefer cooking by myself, but my kids love to help bake cookies

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    June 5, 2014

    We like making taco salad with fresh veggies from our garden.
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    June 5, 2014

    We always have so much fun together as a family when we make a homemade pizza!

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    June 5, 2014

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    June 5, 2014

    We like to cook out as a family-if I have a “specialty”, it’s salmon and shrimp on the grill!

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    June 5, 2014

    I am also a pizza baker. My dough recipe has a little whole wheat flour and brown sugar as well as white flour and olive oil. I love to be creative with my toppings.

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    June 5, 2014

    My son loves to cook food and loves to make new things.

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    June 4, 2014

    We like to cook lasagna

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    June 4, 2014

    we like to cook pizza or pasta

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    June 4, 2014

    We like to cook lasagna.
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    June 4, 2014

    Our favorite thing to cook is lasagna.

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    June 4, 2014

    We love to do picnic foods together hamburgers hot dogs cut all the toppings, potato salad and deviled eggs

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    June 4, 2014

    I usually love fixing vegetarian or vegan meals, such as meatless lasagna, taco casserole, and baked spaghetti. 🙂

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    June 4, 2014

    We love experimenting with different flavors of hummus.

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