Homemade Pizza Dough

You only need 6 ingredients to make this easy pizza dough recipe! It yields a chewy, flavorful crust that will take your homemade pizza to a new level.

Homemade pizza dough

Homemade pizza dough is the secret to great homemade pizza. If you’re new to working with yeast, the idea of making your own pizza dough might be intimidating, but I think you’ll find that it’s really simple. Anyone can master it!

I’m sharing my best pizza dough recipe below. It’s been my go-to for years, and it’s fantastic for beginners. It’s easy to make with 6 basic ingredients, and it yields a soft, chewy, and flavorful pizza crust.

Use it to make one of the pizza recipes linked at the bottom of this post, or customize it with your favorite pizza toppings. This homemade crust is delicious. It’ll take any pizza to a whole new level!

Flour, water, active dry yeast, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt in individual dishes on marble

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe Ingredients

My easy pizza dough recipe calls for 6 basic ingredients.

  • Flour – This recipe works well with 100% all-purpose flour or half all-purpose flour and half white whole wheat. Read more about the best flour to use in pizza dough in the callout below!
  • Active dry yeast – It helps the dough rise, yielding a nice and puffy crust. You can also use instant yeast in this recipe, though I still recommend proofing it to guarantee that it’s fresh.
  • Water – For moisture. Make sure that it’s warm, but not too hot, to help activate the yeast.
  • Sugar – It feeds the yeast, helping the dough rise. Maple syrup or honey works well here too.
  • Sea salt – It’s essential for a flavorful crust.
  • And extra-virgin olive oil – For richness, moisture, and flavor.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

What is the best flour for making pizza dough?

Great question! 00 flour, bread flour, all-purpose flour, and whole wheat flour can all be used to make excellent pizza dough.

  • 00 flour is highly refined, finely milled white flour. It’s a key ingredient in Neapolitan-style pizza. It gives the dough a smooth texture and helps it bake into a crisp and chewy crust.
  • Bread flour has more gluten than all-purpose flour. Using it in pizza dough will result in an especially chewy crust.

For this pizza dough recipe, I recommend using all-purpose flour. It’s affordable and easy to find, and it yields a fantastic soft, chewy crust that’s crisp around the edges. There’s no need to reach for a fancier flour here! However, if you like whole grain pizza dough, you can replace up to half the all-purpose flour with white whole wheat. Note that the whole wheat crust will have a denser, chewier texture.

Ball of homemade pizza dough with pizza toppings

How to Make Pizza Dough

Making this pizza dough recipe is easy! Here’s what you need to do:

First, proof the yeast. Stir together the yeast, warm water, and sugar in a small bowl. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy. Heads up: if the yeast doesn’t foam, it’s likely expired. Discard the mixture and try again with a new package of yeast for the best results.

Next, make the dough. Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Pour in the yeast mixture and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until the dough forms a ball around the hook, 5 to 6 minutes. If the dough is too wet and sticky to form a ball, mix in a little more flour. If it’s dry, add water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time.

Hands stretching homemade pizza dough

Then, let it rise. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use your hands to form it into a smooth ball. Brush a large bowl with olive oil, and set the dough ball inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set the dough aside to rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. Tip: it’ll rise best somewhere warm, like a sunny kitchen countertop!

How to Stretch Pizza Dough

When the dough has doubled in size, it’s time to stretch it.

  • Start by dusting your work surface with cornmeal. It’s the best way to prevent sticking! I typically stretch the dough right on my pizza pan or baking sheet. If you’re using a pizza stone, you’ll want to stretch the dough on a pizza peel or large cutting board. From here, you have two options.
  • Option 1: Roll out the dough to your desired thickness with a floured rolling pin. After rolling out the dough, form a slightly thicker border around the edges with your fingers.
  • Option 2: Stretch the dough by hand. Lift the ball of dough by one edge, and slide both your fists underneath. Work your fists outward to stretch the dough, letting gravity help you form it into a thin oval or circle. Advanced pizza makers will lightly bounce or toss the dough to rotate it as they shape it…but I generally rotate it with my fists, returning it to my work surface as needed.

I stretch this pizza dough recipe to an approximately 14-inch oval or circle. It should be an even thickness with a slightly thicker border around the edges.

Top and bake according to your desired recipe! Find some of my favorites below.

What Pan to Use

Homemade pizza connoisseurs swear by baking pizza on a pizza stone. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry! I’ve made great homemade pizzas on these pans too:

  • This hole-y pizza pan is a nice lightweight alternative to a pizza stone. I like that you can stretch the dough right on the pan, no pizza peel required! The holes get the bottom of the crust nice and crisp.
  • A cast-iron skillet. I love to use a cast-iron skillet when I’m craving a thicker pizza crust. I often start the pizza on the stove to crisp up the bottom and then transfer it to the oven. See my cast-iron skillet pizza recipe.
  • A regular baking sheet. Honestly, you can make fantastic homemade pizza on a regular old baking sheet! Dust it with cornmeal before stretching the dough to prevent sticking.

Easy pizza dough recipe

Make-Ahead Instructions

One of my favorite things about this homemade pizza dough recipe is that you can make it ahead!

Make the dough, and let it rise at room temperature. Then, transfer it to an airtight container or bag. Refrigerate for several hours or up to 2 days.

Let the dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before stretching. If it’s still cold from the fridge, it will be difficult to stretch.

Bonus: The time in the fridge makes the pizza crust even more flavorful!

Can you freeze homemade pizza dough?

Yes! This homemade pizza dough recipe freezes perfectly. Let it rise at room temperature, and then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or seal it in an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Let frozen dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature before stretching.

Homemade Pizzas

How to Use Homemade Pizza Dough

Try using this homemade pizza dough in any of these recipes:

Or build your own homemade pizza! After stretching, top the dough with pizza sauce and your desired cheeses and other pizza toppings. Bake at 500°F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

rate this recipe:
4.94 from 33 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Serves 3 to 4
Learn how to make pizza dough! This easy pizza dough recipe calls for 6 simple ingredients, and it yields a delicious chewy crust. Add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup warm water
  • teaspoons sugar
  • 1 (¼-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, see note
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together the water, sugar, and the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes, until the yeast is foamy.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, place the flour and salt. Mix on medium speed until combined. Add the yeast mixture and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Mix on medium speed until the dough forms into a ball around the hook, 5 to 6 minutes. If the dough is too dry to form a ball, add water ½ tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth ball.
  • Brush a large bowl with the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Stretch to fit a 14-inch pizza pan or similar.
  • Top and bake according to the pizza recipe you are using, typically 10 to 13 minutes in a 500°F oven, or until the crust is browned.

Notes

This recipe can also be made with half all-purpose flour and half white whole wheat flour for a slightly more whole grain version.

 

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  1. Robin
    07.01.2024

    5 stars
    Super simple to make. Easy to follow recipe. It’s easy to double (I don’t double the yeast, so I just add 1 and a half TB) I also, pierce all over with a fork and prebake crust for 5 min and then add toppings and bake for about 12-15 min This recipe is a keeper. Thank you for sharing

  2. Janice
    05.30.2024

    Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      05.31.2024

      Hi Janice, yep! You can scale it up to make multiple pizzas if you’d like.

  3. Mari
    04.17.2024

    3 stars
    I think the recipe has too much yeast. It was very sour to my taste.

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