Prepare a homemade pizza dough or remove store-bought pizza dough from packaging. Set aside.
Place an oven rack at the lowest position. Preheat oven to 450ºF (232ºC).
Lightly dust a large sheet pan (13" x 18") with cornmeal. Set aside.
Use your hands to pat and flatten your dough and start shaping it to the size of your sheet pan. Transfer the dough to the prepared sheet pan, then finish shaping it. If dough is too stretchy and not keeping its shape, allow to rest for 5 minutes then continue shaping.
Score the dough with a fork, then place crust in the oven to pre-bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, score again, then spread sauce, cheese, and toppings as desired. Bake for an additional 15 minutes2 or until cheese has melted and crust is browned to your liking.
Sauce and cheese: these are the amounts that worked for us. Feel free to increase or decrease amounts to your liking.
Bake time: if you want to insure the bottom of your pizza is extra crispy, after 10 minutes of the second bake, carefully transfer nearly fully baked pizza from baking sheet onto the oven rack so the bottom crust is exposed. Use a large spatula to lift one of the short sides of the pizza off of the sheet pan and then slide the pizza off of it and onto the oven rack. Use spatula to move pizza into place.
To make a frozen pizza: follow the recipe through almost the entire recipe, stopping before the final bake. Freeze on sheet pan until hard, then wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months. Bake frozen for 16-18 minutes.