For the best results, split up the bake time for homemade pizza into two parts. First, shape your pizza dough and bake it on its own for 6 minutes in a 500-degree oven. Then, add your pizza sauce and toppings and return the pizza to the oven for 8 to 15 minutes. This approach keeps the crust from getting soggy. If you have a pizza stone or a specialized pizza pan, bake your pizza on that to ensure a crispy bottom crust. It’s also a good idea to bake your pizza on the bottom rack of your oven; this is the hottest part of the oven, and high heat is crucial for the right crust texture. When the crust is golden and the cheese is nice and melty, your pizza is ready to eat.