It’s Not Delivery, It’s Dad-Giornos Home Made Pizza

For the busy parents, this is an easy way to not only make dinner, but also spend quality time with your little ones. Now don’t confuse home made for made from scratch. This is an easy home made pizza recipe the whole family can enjoy making together. In fact it’s so easy that my 2 year old can make it by himself! Here is what you’ll need:

Home Made Pizza

  • 1 Pre-made pizza crust (gluten free optional)
  • 1 Jar all natural pizza sauce
  • 8 oz Italian cheese mix
  • 8 oz Colby Jack or Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Toppings of choice (I use pepperoni and sometimes mushrooms)
  • Olive Oil and Garlic Powder

First start by brushing olive oil on both sides of the pizza crust. Next add the sauce in a thin layer but stopping a 1/2 inch away from the edges. At this point, I sprinkle garlic powder lightly on the sauce to give it more of a kick. This is optional.

Home Made Pizza

Next add a generous amount of Italian cheese covering the entire pie. I always recommend shredding your own cheese as it tastes better and doesn’t have any tree parts in it (cellulose), but after a hard day of chasing the kids or working, the already shredded stuff is definitely easier. Shredding Mozzarella cheese can be difficult since it’s soft, so put it in the freezer for 15 minutes right before you shred it.

Home Made Pizza

After the initial layer of cheese, add the toppings. You can buy ready to go pepperoni or you can cook up some Italian sausage, blackened chicken, or whatever you like on your pizza.  After the toppings, add the final, smaller layer of Colby Jack and you’re ready to bake.

Home Made Pizza

Preheat your oven to 450 and follow the cooking directions on the crust you bought. It usually says to bake about 7 – 10 minutes or until the edges get charred.  For crispier crust, bake directly on the oven rack. That’s it! Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Home Made Pizza

Bonus – White Pizza

My wife loves white pizza and this recipe can easily be converted. To make this a white pizza, replace the pizza sauce with Ricotta cheese. You can then add toppings such as blackened chicken, spinach, artichoke hearts, and fresh sliced tomatoes if you really want to have a pizza experience! Yum Yum! 

Home Made Pizza with the Kids
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 Pre-made pizza crust (gluten free optional)
  2. 1 Jar all natural pizza sauce
  3. 8 oz Italian cheese mix
  4. 8 oz Colby Jack or Monterrey Jack cheese
  5. Toppings of choice (I use pepperoni and sometimes mushrooms)
  6. Olive Oil and Garlic Powder
  1. Brush both sides of crust with olive oil.
  2. Add a thin layer of pizza sauce stopping 1/2 inch from edges.
  3. Add Italian cheeses.
  4. Add toppings such as pepperoni and mushrooms.
  5. Add final layer of Colby Jack cheeses
  6. Bake at 450 degrees for 7 - 10 minutes or according to crust directions.
  1. There are great gluten free alternatives for the crust.
  2. Adding Ricotta cheese takes the pizza to a whole new level!
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  1. McKenzie A. 9 years ago

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