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This Homemade Pizza Dough is easy to make, budget friendly, and only uses 6 ingredients. It’s the perfect pizza dough for a pizza night in!

This is my go-to pizza dough recipe and I have been making it for years. I have also changed it slightly over the years to make it perfect.

It goes great with this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza or Three Cheese Pizza or even to make Cheese Bread Sticks!

Close up of pizza dough.

*Originally published March 2017. Photos, text, and recipe updated.*

I know many of you are thinking why would I make pizza dough when I can just buy it? Well, once you’ve made homemade you won’t go back…..it just tastes so much better!

It really isn’t that hard to make your own pizza dough and this post will give you the confidence you need.

Homemade Pizza Dough ingredients.

Homemade Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • Flour- you can use all-purpose or bread flour. I prefer to use bread flour because it makes the crust a little chewier. But feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • Yeast- This recipe will work with both active dry yeast and instant or rapid rise. If you are using active dry it will take a little longer to rise or proof but that’s ok. I like to use Red Star All Natural Yeast because it’s the only yeast with no added ingredients.
  • Water- Yeast needs liquid to hydrate and dissolve it so it can do its job. Be sure your water is around 110-115 degrees F to activate the yeast. You can also replace the water with milk for a softer crust if you prefer.
  • Oil- I like to use extra virgin olive oil because it provides a nice flavor to the dough. It also keeps it tender.
  • Sugar- just a tiny bit to help feed the yeast.
  • Salt- Salt is very important in yeast baking because while sugar feeds the yeast to make it grow salt helps retard the growth and provides a steady rise to create that distinct homemade flavor.
A ball of dough ready to roll into a crust.

How to make Homemade Pizza Dough:

  1. Mix the dough ingredients together using a stand mixer, bread machine, or by hand.
  2. Knead by hand or with the dough hook on your stand mixer.
  3. Place dough into a greased mixing bowl, cover loosely, and set aside to rise until doubled in size. Or let it rise for about 30ish minutes then place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If storing in the refrigerator remove 2-3 hours before you want to serve the pizza.
  4. Punch down the dough to release air bubbles.
  5. Roll dough out into a 12 to 14-inch circle.
  6. Top with pizza sauce and your favorite pizza toppings.
  7. Bake!
Pizza dough rolled out ready for toppings!

Freezer Friendly!

  • To freeze the pizza dough: After the dough has risen punch it down and form into a ball. Lightly coat with olive oil and place in a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To thaw frozen pizza dough: Place in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 2-3 hours before you want to serve your pizza. Continue with step 5.
Bread stick being dunked into sauce.

Baker’s Tip:

  • If your dough keeps shrinking back while trying to roll or stretch it out into a circle let it rest covered for 15 minutes. This will allow it to relax and it will be easier to roll.
  • Try using double zero flour from Italy for an extremely silky crust. You can find it online or from an Italian market. This also helps eliminate the dough from shrinking back when rolling or stretching it out.
  • Allowing the dough to sit in the refrigerator overnight will really enhance the flavor!
  • Add dried herbs or garlic powder to the dough to amp up the flavor!

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5 from 3 votes
A ball of dough ready to roll into a crust.
Homemade Pizza Dough
Prep Time
15 mins
Rising time:
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This Homemade Pizza Dough is easy to make, budget friendly, and only uses 6 ingredients. It's the perfect pizza dough for a pizza night in!

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy pizza dough, homemade pizza dough, pizza crust, pizza dough
Servings: 1 pound of dough (enough for 1 (14″) pizza
Calories: 2363 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • cups (380g) all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup (180ml) warm water (about 110°F)
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Attach the dough hook and add in the remaining ingredients. Mix on low until everything is combined.
  2. Once everything is combined mix on low for 10 minutes. When finished your dough should be only slightly tacky. If it is unmanageable add in a small amount of flour at a time until it becomes more manageable.
  3. Coat a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough in the bowl turning once to coat dough. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise until double in size. (I like to turn my oven on briefly to make a nice warm and draft free place for the dough to rise)
  4. Punch your dough down to release the air and shape into a ball. At this point you may freeze or refrigerate your dough. See recipe notes for instructions.

  5. Otherwise, place your dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to 14 inches. Place on a lightly greased pizza pan then pierce the dough numerous times with a fork. I do this to prevent any large air bubbles from forming. Top and bake according to your favorite pizza recipe.

Recipe Notes
  1. Freezer Friendly: To freeze the pizza dough: After the dough has risen punch it down and form into a ball. Lightly coat with olive oil and place in a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw frozen pizza dough: Place in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 2-3 hours before you want to serve your pizza. Continue with step 5.
  2. Make-Ahead: Let it rise for about 30ish minutes then place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If storing in the refrigerator remove 2-3 hours before you want to serve the pizza.
  3. Nutrition facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. The nutrition is calculated for the entire crust. If you would like to know per slice divide by how many slices you make. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pizza Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2363 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 3515mg153%
Potassium 684mg20%
Carbohydrates 415g138%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 60g120%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 25mg139%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

14 thoughts on “Homemade Pizza Dough”

  1. I dont get the step “Coat a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough in the bowl turning once to coat dough. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise until double in size. (I like to turn my oven on briefly to make a nice warm and draft free place for the dough to rise)”. Do you put it in the oven(on what temperature? preheated?) and let it stay there for 30min?

    Reply
    • I turn my oven on for only a few minutes (2 minutes at most) just to make it a little warm and then turn it off. I leave the dough in that warm environment until it is double in size and the time on that can vary. I put it in the bowl with the olive oil so the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl and also to prevent the dough from drying out.

      Reply
      • thank you for the reply, but I am still confused. Can you please help me? At this step i mentioned, do I put the pizza dough (that is inside a bowl with olive oil) inside the stove for 2 minutes?

        Reply
        • Let’s do this instead. The pizza dough that is in the bowl cover it with plastic wrap and leave it on your counter until the dough has doubled in size. Then punch the dough down to deflate the air from it and place it on a work surface. Roll the dough into a 14 inch circle and place on a baking sheet or a pizza pan. Top the pizza dough with your desired toppings and bake in a 425 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden. Hope that helps!

          Reply
          • thank you very much! This is really helpful! How long do I have to wait until pizza dough in the bowl with plastic wrap doubled in size? Like 1 hour or 30min? Thank you

          • It’s hard to give an exact time for the dough to double. It all depends on how warm your environment is. I’m glad I was able to be a help, hope you enjoyed!!

  2. 5 stars
    This was amazing for our pizza night! The kids loved helping to make and roll out the dough and the crust was perfect! We’ll be doing this again!

    Reply
  3. 5 stars
    We made this into cheesy breadsticks and it was so delicious! I typically go for the dough in a can but decided to try a homemade recipe this time and I will never go back! Thank you!

    Reply

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