Sourdough Pizza

Sourdough Pizza


  • Dough ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups cool not cold, water (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sourdough starter
  • 3 ¼ cups bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast optional
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons Kosher salt
  • Cornmeal for sprinkling
  • Pizza sauce ingredients and toppings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 28 ounce can San Marzano tomatoes coarsely crushed by hand
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • Sliced vegetables optional, such as mushrooms, olives, red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Slivered fresh basil for sprinkling after baking


Make the Dough

  • In a large bowl, combine water, olive oil, and starter. Add flour and yeast and blend together with a large wooden spoon. Allow to rest for 5 to 1- minutes.
  • Pour onto a work surface and add salt. Knead for about 5 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and flip the dough over so the greased side is up. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1 hour.
  • Place a baking stone onto the bottom rack of your oven and preheat the oven to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sprinkle a pizza peel with cornmeal and press dough onto peel to form a large round.
  • Transfer the dough from the peel to the stone and parbake for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • While the dough is baking, prepare the sauce and toppings.
  • Make the Sauce
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds. Add the crushed tomatoes, all seasonings, and sugar. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.


  • Using a slotted spoon, place sauce over the parbaked pizza to your liking.
  • Sprinkle both cheeses over the sauce.
  • Add toppings as desired.
  • Drizzle the entire pizza with olive oil.
  • Bake pizza for approximately 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and scatter basil over the top.



Makes approximately 1 14” pizza