There’s just something magical about a good mushroom pizza. As a lifelong lover of all things mushroom and pizza-related, I’ve spent years perfecting the ultimate homemade mushroom pizza recipe, and I’m thrilled to share it with you today.
The combination of earthy mushrooms, gooey melted cheese, and a perfectly crisp crust creates a symphony of flavors and textures that make my taste buds dance with joy. And the best part? This delightful dish is surprisingly simple to create in your own kitchen!
Creating the Perfect Mushroom Pizza #
To make the perfect mushroom pizza, it all starts with the dough. I’ve tried countless dough recipes over the years, and I’ve finally landed on one that is equal parts easy to make and utterly delicious. Made with simple ingredients like all-purpose flour, active dry yeast, and a touch of sugar and salt, this dough comes together quickly and bakes up beautifully.
Next comes the tomato sauce – the backbone of any great pizza. My go-to sauce is a simple, yet flavorful mixture of crushed tomatoes, dried herbs, garlic powder, and just a hint of sugar to balance it all out. When it comes to pizza sauce, I firmly believe that simple is best – you want the other components of your pizza to shine, after all!
Now, onto the star of the show: the mushrooms. I like to use a mix of cremini, shiitake, and white button mushrooms for a blend of flavors and textures. Sautéing the mushrooms in olive oil before adding them to the pizza not only helps to release their moisture (which prevents a soggy crust), but also brings out their rich, savory flavor.
Finally, we’ve got our cheese. I’m a big fan of using a combination of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses for their melty, gooey goodness and their slight tangy kick. A sprinkle of fresh basil leaves and a pinch of red pepper flakes (if you like a little heat) complete this heavenly pizza.
Homemade mushroom pizza with a delicious and easy-to-make dough, tasty tomato sauce, and a flavorful combination of mushrooms and cheese. A perfect meal for any day of the week!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings: 1 pizza
For the dough #
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the Tomato Sauce #
- 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
For the Toppings #
1 lb mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, shiitake, and white button), thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1/2 tsp tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the warm water and active dry yeast, allowing it to sit for about 5 minutes until frothy.
Add the yeast mixture and olive oil to the dry ingredients, stirring until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and allow it to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
While the dough is rising, prepare the tomato sauce by combining the crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, basil, oregano, black pepper, and garlic powder in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Preheat the oven to 475°F (245°C). Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until they release their moisture and become tender. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Roll it out into a 12-inch round.
Remove the heated pizza stone or baking sheet from the oven and carefully transfer the dough onto it.
Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Top with the cooked mushrooms, followed by the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Bake the pizza for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.
Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes before topping with torn basil leaves and red pepper flakes (if using).
Slice the pizza into 8 equal pieces and serve immediately. Enjoy your delicious homemade mushroom pizza!
Feel free to add additional toppings, such as olives, onions, or bell peppers, to make this mushroom pizza your own.
Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or a toaster oven for best results.