The Best Pizza Dough – Add a Pinch


This is the best Pizza Dough recipe for a perfect pizza crust! Delicious homemade pizza dough made with just 6 ingredients is simple enough for beginners. Crisp outside, yet chewy inside for the best pizzas anytime!

Photo of pizza dough on a pizza stone ready to be topped with toppings and baked.

This easy recipe makes the best homemade pizza dough. It comes together quickly and easily. My recipe uses just six simple ingredients that most will have in their pantry – and it’s easy enough for a first-time pizza maker and perfect enough for the pizza experts.

I’ve been making this recipe for many years. My family loves it and it’s frequently requested for our homemade pizza nights. Let me show you how we make it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Simple ingredients – Uses just six ingredients, including all-purpose flour that most have in the kitchen, instead of requiring a special flour.

Easy to make – Whip together in minutes and then let it rise. I’ve included instructions for making it in one bowl or a stand mixer.

Perfect Every Time – This is a time-tested recipe with reliable results. I’ve made it hundreds of times. Making homemade pizza dough is easy and enjoyable when you’ve got a reliable, delicious recipe!

Great for Meal Prep – Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge or freezer to pull out for pizza in minutes!

Photo of ingredients used to make pizza dough and the extra ingredient we use to help the dough from sticking to the pizza peel or pizza stone.

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

This recipe uses basic ingredients that are pantry staples. There are six main ingredients for the pizza dough and one ingredient that we use for dusting the pizza stone or pizza peel when cooking.

  • Water – heated to 110º F. Double check the temperature to make sure it is not over 110º F as this can “kill” the yeast and prevent the dough from rising.
  • Yeast – use your favorite active or instant-rise yeast.
  • Flour – we use all-purpose flour.
  • Sea salt – to season the dough
  • Honey – to flavor the dough and feed the yeast to help the dough rise.
  • Olive oil – use your favorite olive oil
  • Extra Ingredient: Corn meal – used for dusting the pizza peel or pizza stone to prevent the pizza dough from sticking. This is not used IN the dough, but I’ve included it since we believe it is necessary when cooking pizza dough on a peel or stone.

How to Make Pizza Dough

Photo of yeast sprinkled on water in a glass bowl.

Prep yeast. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a bowl. Set aside while preparing the other ingredients.

Two side by side photos of making pizza dough by adding olive oil and honey

Add olive oil and honey to the flour mixture.

Side by side photos of adding yeast and mixing pizza dough.

Add yeast and mix together to form a soft dough ball.

Collage photos of pizza dough rising and then ready to use.

Let the dough rise. Place pizza dough into a glass or stainless steel bowl coated with olive oil. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and place it in a 175º – 200º F oven. Allow to dough in bulk. Punch down and allow to rise again for about 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into portions.

Divide the dough into portions based on how you plan to use your pizza dough.

pizza dough on a pizza stone

Place the dough on a baking pan or pizza stone lightly dusted with cornmeal to prevent sticking.

Pizza with cheese, peppers, mushrooms, pizza sauce baked til golden on a pizza stone

Top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings, bake and enjoy.

Favorite Pizza Toppings

  • Pizza Sauce – I love my quick and easy homemade pizza sauce recipe. It keeps well in the refrigerator or cubes in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal.
  • Cheese – Our favorite is our Three Cheese White Pizza. It is amazing!
  • Alfredo Sauce – Have you ever tried this on your pizza? Amazing!
  • BBQ Sauce – Use BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce for a pulled pork pizza or BBQ chicken pizza, etc.
  • Pepperoni – It’s always a favorite! I love to make a classic pepperoni pizza with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. So divine!
  • Chicken – I love to use baked chicken that I have shredded and keep in the refrigerator or freezer for a super quick dinner. If you don’t have homemade baked chicken, you can always grab a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store for an easy dinner idea.
  • Ground Beef – I also love to keep cooked ground beef in the freezer for a quick meal, it works perfectly on this pizza dough!
  • Pulled Pork – The flavors are amazing when you have homemade BBQ sauce and pulled pork! Add some cheese and thinly sliced red onion and it is out of this world!
  • Veggies – I also love a good vegetarian pizza! Load up your pizza dough with your favorite seasonal vegetables for one more delicious dinner!

My Favorite Pizza Dough Tip

Make Extra to Freeze – While you’re making pizza dough, go ahead and make two recipes worth. My recipe makes enough for two 14 inch pizzas. Then go ahead and bake the two pizza crusts from one recipe, and prep the others for the freezer!

Even though this only takes a minute to whisk the ingredients together, I love to have extas in my freezer for those times when I need a last minute dinner idea.

Storage Tips

To store: Form the dough into dough ball(s) (this recipe makes dough for two pizzas). Coat each dough ball in olive oil. Place each coated dough ball into a glass bowl that has also been coated in olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

This works perfectly for making your pizza dough one night to enjoy the next to make dinner even easier!

To freeze. Simply form the risen dough into a ball, coat it well with olive oil, and then store it in a freezer-safe zip-top bag for up to 3 months.

To use. Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator. Then, use it as normal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade pizza dough last in the refrigerator?

Properly stored, pizza dough should last in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Can you freeze pizza dough?

Yes! After the dough rises, form it into a ball, then coat well with olive oil. Store it in the freezer in an airtight, freezer-safe container or zip top bag for up to 3 months. It is one of my favorite things to make for meal prep.

How many people does a 14-inch pizza serve?

Generally, a 14-inch pizza can be cut into 8 slices and will serve 3-4 people.

If you tried this Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the comments below. Thanks for visiting!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Rising Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 8 people

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  • Prep yeast. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a bowl. Set aside while preparing the other ingredients.

  • Whisk together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer.

  • Add olive oil and honey to the flour mixture.

  • Add yeast and mix together to form a soft dough ball.

  • Place dough into a glass or stainless steel bowl coated with olive oil. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and place into a 175º – 200ºF oven. Allow to double in size, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and punch the dough down. Cover again with a damp cloth and return to the heated oven to double in size, about 20 more minutes.

  • Remove the dough from oven and portion into sizes based on how you plan to use.

  • To make pizza: Roll dough and place onto a cornmeal dusted pizza stone. Top with favorite pizza toppings and bake in an oven or on the grill for approximately 20 minutes until crust has turned a light golden brown.

This recipe makes enough pizza dough for two 12-14 inch pizzas. Generally, a 14-inch pizza serves between 3 and 4 people. How to Store Pizza Dough To store.  Form the dough into balls. Coat each ball in olive oil. Place each coated dough ball into a glass bowl that has also been coated in olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. The dough should last in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. How to Freeze Pizza Dough To freeze. Simply form the risen dough into a ball, coat it well with olive oil, and then store it in a freezer-safe zip-top bag for up to 3 months. To use. Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator. Then, use it as normal.

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo


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