Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

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Filled with melted mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning, it’s so easy to make homemade stuffed pizza crust, you won’t get it delivered again!

homemade stuffed crust on a pepperoni pizza

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food or a homemade pizza recipe for pizza night, this is the post for you. Making a homemade stuffed pizza crust is really an easy thing to do, but some people are intimidated by it. Others just see no reason to make it simply because there are some great pre-made ones in every grocery store (or, you know, at Pizza Hut). I often opt for those myself so I totally see your reasoning (judgment will not be forthcoming from my neck of the woods!).

But on the off chance you ever want to make a homemade stuffed crust, I thought I’d show you how truly simple it can be. In an hour you’ll be diving into a fresh homemade pizza recipe with a stuffed cheese crust and overloaded with your favorite pizza toppings. If you want to go that extra step in the homemade process, top your pizza with this quick pizza sauce made from scratch.

You can do this, I promise, and it just takes a few minutes.

ingredients for stuffed pizza crust

Recipe Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Wee bit of sugar (see exact ingredients on our printable recipe card below)
  • Fresh rapid rise yeast (check your date)
  • Olive oil
  • Wee bit of salt
  • Cornmeal
  • Warm water

combine flour sugar salt and yeast in large bowl

Place flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.

Stir dry ingredients well

Stir that together a bit.

add water

Add water…

add oil

and oil.

Mix that together until stable batter

Stir that up until it starts to stick together like this.

Dump stuffed pizza crust batter onto floured surface

Dump your homemade pizza dough out onto a floured surface.

Knead the stuffed pizza crust dough for 3-5 minutes

Knead it for 3-5 minutes.

What I do is press it into a ball, then push into it with the heel of my hand.

Press it into a ball again, turn it a bit, push into it with the heel of my hand.

roll up the dough into a ball

After a few minutes, it will get all smooth and nice.

Now form it into a ball again but this time leave it be.

Loosely cover pizza dough with plastic wrap

Loosely cover it with plastic wrap.

place damp cloth over the pizza dough and let it rise.

I cover that with a damp dishtowel just to keep the plastic wrap from coming up and to help keep my dough from drying out while it rises.

Leave this be for 15-30 minutes if you used rapid-rise yeast.

If you used regular yeast, leave it be for 30-45 minutes.

slightly larger ball of dough after rising, uncover the dough

When you lift up your towel you’ll have a slightly larger ball but it’s not going to double in size or anything.

Sprinkle corn meal onto a pizza pan

Now sprinkle about 1/8-cup cornmeal (or 2 tablespoons) onto a pizza pan.

press your dough down on the pizza sheet

Press your dough ball down and place it in the center of the pizza pan.

press the dough out flat

Using your hand, press, press, press, press until you have your pizza pan mostly covered.

Then ignore this for five minutes.

This relaxes the dough and makes spreading it even further really easy.

after 5 minutes press again to cover edges

After five minutes, press, press, press, press again until it slightly overhangs the edges of your pizza pan.

This is really easy to do since you let the dough relax a bit.

See? It pays to follow my advice sometimes :).

to stuff pizza crust add herbs to mozzarella

Now to make this into a stuffed crust pizza

If you want to stuff your crust, take some shredded mozzarella cheese and add in some herbs.

I am using about 1 cup mozzarella with 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/4 teaspoon basil.

If you don’t want to make a stuffed crust, skip down to where we start folding the edges over…

Toss that together a bit.

sprinkle the mozzarella and herbs along the edges

Then sprinkle it in a ring on the outer rim of your pizza crust.

fold edges over the mozzarella and pinch closed

Fold edges over cheese and press down.

add sauce to pizza dough

Add as much pizza sauce as you want to that pizza base.

add your desired toppings over sauce

Add toppings (I’ve simply gone with pepperoni) and cheese and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

pepperoni pizza with stuffed homemade pizza crust

Or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

slice of pepperoni pizza with stuff crust

Enjoy your homemade stuffed pizza crust with your favorite toppings!


  • Store leftover pizza in an airtight container for up to 4 days. You can reheat either in the oven or in the air fryer.
  • You can also freeze pizza for up to 2 months. Thaw before reheating as mentioned.

Recipe Notes

  • I prefer Red Star rapid-rise yeast because I am not a patient woman. This pizza crust is ready to go in under half an hour when you use rapid rise. You can, of course, use another brand and type, but it may take a little bit longer. There are other rapid-rise yeasts on the market but I’ve always ended up with “good” yeast that worked when I got this particular brand and can’t say that for others. Just go with what works for you.
  • Water temperature is one of the most important things when it comes to working with yeast. Too hot and it will kill your yeast. Too cold and it won’t activate it or will make it slow as molasses. The key here is to think “baby bathwater”. If you’ve ever given a baby a bath, you can easily make your water the perfect temp just by the feeling of it. If you haven’t ever given a baby a bath, see if some of your friends will let you borrow their baby… just kidding. LOL.
  • Here’s a fun hack! Instead of mozzarella cheese, make your stuffed crust with a ring of string cheese. Grab 7 and line them up end to end for the ultimate stuffed cheese crust.
  • Feel free to substitute the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour if you like.
  • You can make the pizza dough a day ahead of time. Just cover tightly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.

You may also like these other pizza-inspired main dish recipes:

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Stuffed Pizza Sticks

Taco Pizza Recipe: Fast, Fresh, Delicious!

Pizza Rolls! Who wants the weekend off from cooking??

Pizza Soup

stuffed crust pepperoni pizza

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Filled with melted mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning, it's so easy to make homemade stuffed pizza crust with your favorite pizza toppings.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza
Servings: 4
Calories: 573kcal


  • 1 package rapid-rise yeast I use Red Star
  • 1 cup warm water the temp you'd use for a baby's bathwater
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 cup cornmeal


  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast until well combined.
    1 package rapid-rise yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pour in the water and olive oil. Stir until the dough sticks together.
    1 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes, or until it forms a smooth ball.
  • Cover the dough ball with plastic wrap and let it rise for 15-30 minutes or until you are ready to make your pizza.
  • Sprinkle a pizza pan with 1/8-cup of cornmeal. Press dough into the pan, spreading as you press, until it reaches almost to the edges of the pan. Allow it to rest for five minutes. Return to dough and continue pressing until it overhangs the pan all around the edges slightly.
    1/8 cup cornmeal

If making a stuffed crust: combine 1 cup of shredded mozzarella with 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil. Sprinkle around edges.

  • Either way, fold over the edges and press to seal and form a crust.
  • Top pizza with sauce and toppings of your choice and bake in a 400-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is bubbly.


Calories: 573kcal
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  1. Hi! This recipe yields an amazingly delicious pizza!! I was wondering if I wanted to add cauliflower to the dough, how much should the cauliflower and flour ratio be?? Gram – to – gram??

    1. I’m afraid I’ve never tried that so I can’t offer any help there. I have made a pizza out of a cauliflower crust and it was wonderful. The recipe was in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. As for adding it to a regular pizza crust, I’ve not heard of anyone doing that so please let me know if you try it how it turns out!

  2. I just made this recipe and I used 3 tsp. of dry yeast instead of a pkg. Since it wasn’t rapid rise I let my dough rise for 1 hr. The crust was deep pan crust and I used pesto instead of red sauce, pepperoni, parmesan cheese, a little crumbled bacon and mozzarella cheese. I cut string cheese sticks in half lengthwise and tucked them into the edge of the crust and covered them. 15 minutes later, a wonderful pizza with a great crust! Thank you for this recipe. I have tried many over the years and this was the best! I also served this with a small dish of. red suace for dipping for my hubby who is Italian.

  3. Id love to try a variation, instead of herbs on the cheese, how about drizzling pesto over the cheese before folding it over! Just be careful not to get it close where your seal your cheese in the dough.

  4. My son hates it when I make my own pizza, because the middle is always soggy. I’ve almost given up on trying another recipe, but yours looks worth trying. What am I doing wrong? We like veggies on ours, and I am wondering if the water in the veggies make it soggy.

    1. We love veggies on pizza too, but I’ve found that i can’t add too many and I have add them on top of the cheese so they roast more than steam. If you add them on top of the sauce, before the cheese, it’s more like you are steaming them, which is going to keep their moisture hanging around and mess up the dough! Also, make sure you are not using too much sauce, it can make it soggy too! My son, LOVES my pizza, we make it most Friday’s! We use mozzarella sticks with italian seasoning and garlic in the stuffed crust, YUM!

  5. This looks wonderful, thanks for sharing! I have a question, my son has a serious allergy to corn. Is there something else you would recommend in place of cornmeal?

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