Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Quick and easy homemade pizza dough recipe from scratch, requiring basic ingredients and 20 mins rise time. Best pizza dough ever that freezes well too.

Your search for the PERFECT no fail homemade pizza dough recipe comes to an end today!

This is my Mom’s recipe and she has been making it for years.

This BASIC pizza dough recipe comes together in LESS that an hour, which is perfect for family pizza nights.

There is 10 mins of prep time, 20 mins of rise time and about 20 mins of baking.

In the past, I have tried a few recipes for homemade pizza dough without yeast and I really did not like them.

They just did not have the same wonderful texture as regular pizza.

My DREAM is to some day visit Italy and learn from the chefs there how to make authentic Italian pizza dough recipe.

However for now, I am HAPPY with this recipe and I hope you like it as much as my family.

Best Pizza Dough Recipe

Here are some TIPS for making quick homemade pizza dough:

  • Use bread flour if you like a CRISPY crust.
  • Use all-purpose flour if you like a CHEWY crust.
  • You can also use a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour. I like to add some whole wheat flour during the kneading process.
  • You MUST use traditional active dry yeast in this recipe, not instant rapid rise yeast.
  • Make sure your yeast has NOT expired. If it’s too old, it won’t bloom/ poof and your dough won’t rise.
  • Water must be warm and not hot. The recommended temperature is between 100 degrees F- 110 degrees F. Very hot water kills the yeast. Use a thermometer for best results.
  • Rising time can VARY depending on how hot or cold your kitchen is. If if it’s warm, your dough will rise quickly. If it’s cold, it will rise slowly.
  • Divide the dough into 6 or 7 smaller portions and make small individual personal sized pizzas.
  • Divide the dough into 3 portions and you can make 3 thin crust pizza dough balls (12-14 inches).
  • You can add some dried herbs and seasonings to make this dough even more FLAVORFUL.
  • This dough is great for breadsticks, cheesy garlic bread and cheese sticks too.
  • This dough is also great for grilling and BBQ.
  • To make this pizza dough WITHOUT mixer, let the yeast bloom first. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, salt and herbs/seasonings in another mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough starts to come together. Then, transfer it onto a floured surface and knead into a smooth ball. Make sure to oil your hands first to prevent stickiness. Place dough ball in a greased bowl. Cover and let it rise.
  • LEFTOVER baked pizza can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
How To Make Homemade Pizza Dough

How do you make homemade pizza dough from scratch? How do you make pizza base?

The process is very SIMPLE. Start off by dissolving the yeast, sugar and warm water in a bowl until the yeast blooms and the water becomes foamy. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and “poofed” yeast, seasonings and salt. Mix everything together until smooth. A KitchenAid mixer really helps. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let it rise for 20 minutes. Divide the dough into two balls. Roll it out and spread it on greased pizza pans. Add pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes and enjoy!

How do you cook pizza dough?

Once the dough has had a chance to rise, transfer it to a floured surface and knead it until it’s no longer sticky. The, divide into 2 portions. Roll them out, spread them on greased pizza pans, add desired toppings and bake until fully cooked. Let baked pizza cool down for 5 minutes before digging in.

How long does it take to cook pizza dough? How long does it take to bake a pizza?

For a regular pizza crust, it will take about 18-20 minutes. For a thin crust pizza, it will take about 10-12 minutes. Basically, the rule of thumb is to that pizza is ready when the edges are firm and golden brown and cheese is fully melted and toasty.

Basic Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

How do you make pizza dough with flour?

The recipe below uses all-purpose flour but you can also use bread flour or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour. You can also use all white whole wheat flour but the texture will be slightly different. Regardless of what flour is used, allow the yeast to bloom first. Then mix it in with the flour, herbs, salt oil until you have a smooth ball. Let it rise.

What temperature to cook homemade pizza?

400 degrees F is the ideal temperature for making a pizza in an oven at home.

How to freeze homemade pizza dough? How to store homemade pizza dough?

To freeze this dough, let it rise until it doubles in size (1-2 hours). Then, divide the dough into 2 or 3 portions. Roll them into balls. You may need to use some additional flour to get rid of any stickiness. Wrap each dough ball in saran wrap and then pack them in freezer bags for up to 1 month.

How do you use frozen pizza dough?

Remove prepared pizza dough from the freezer and let it thaw in fridge overnight. Once it has thawed, roll it out, add your toppings and bake.

Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Well, that’s all for today.

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How To Make Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Quick and easy homemade pizza dough recipe from scratch, requiring basic ingredients and 20 mins rise time. Best pizza dough ever that freezes well too.
Yield: 2 pizzas



  • In a small bowl, mix together warm water, yeast and sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes at room temperature until the yeast blooms or “poofs” and becomes foamy.  
  • In your KitchenAid mixer, add half the flour, oil and the “poofed” yeast. Attach the hook attachment and mix. 
  • Add the remaining flour, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and continue mixing until you you have a smooth ball of dough. You can knead with your hands too. 
  • Transfer dough to a large greased bowl and cover with saran wrap and let it rise for 20 minutes. 
  • Remove dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. 
  • Knead it with additional flour (a few tablespoons at a time) to get rid of any stickiness. 
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape them into balls. 
  • Roll them thin on a well-floured surface and place them on two generously greased round pizza pans.
  • Spread pizza sauce and toss your favorite toppings and lots of cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until firm and golden brown along the edges. Enjoy!



Calories: 1196kcal, Carbohydrates: 248g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 3635mg, Potassium: 391mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 15mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Calories: 1196
Author: Abeer Rizvi

62 comments on “Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe”

  1. 10/10! Thank you for sharing. We have been waiting an hour for dough to rise for years! This recipe is super easy and quick! We loved it! Thanks again 5 stars

  2. I have been using this recipe for about a year now and we use it for our meatless Mondays. We are a family of five – 13, 14, 18, and my hubby and I and one batch is perfect for all of us! Thanks for this! 5 stars

  3. I love this recipe! We like a thinner crust so next time I may divide in thirds. Delicious and easy!5 stars

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