Homemade pizza dough: When that pizza craving hits, skip the delivery and EASILY make your own pizza dough at home! With enough dough for 2 large pizzas, all this recipe needs is a bunch of your favorite toppings to make it the best pizza night ever!

Basic Homemade Pizza Dough

I really couldn’t tell you why it has taken me so long to set aside a few minutes to snap some photos of this homemade pizza dough. I mean, I’ve been making this recipe for oh, I don’t know, almost 5 years?

I’m still using my original print-out from the pre-iPad days and it has definitely seen its day! And what I love most about this pizza dough is how it turns out perfectly every single time I make it. Not kidding – every single time!!

Basic Homemade Pizza Dough

After 1 ½ to 2 hours of proofing, you’ll end up with a warm and slightly sticky dough but it’s a dream to roll out. This is an issue I’ve found to be a problem with a few of the other homemade pizza dough recipes I’ve made in the past. Tough dough is nearly impossible to roll out!

If you’re going for a thin crust, you’ll want to roll this dough out pretty thin. Or, leave it on the thicker side for a beefier pizza!

Grilled Farmer's Market Pizza

We’ve made pizzas for both the oven (without and without a pizza stone) and for the grill with this recipe and both ways, the pizza turns out spectacularly! I’m sure this homemade pizza dough would be just as great for a skillet pizza as well.

Now is the time to get over your fear of yeast recipes and get your hands all floured-up because this homemade pizza dough recipe is way easier than you would think. And I guarantee that it’s one you’ll keep in your recipe arsenal for years to come.

3 Cheese Rosemary and Pepperoni Pizza

Our favorite pizzas to make with this dough:

Grilled Farmer’s Market Pizza (photo above)
3 Cheese Rosemary and Pepperoni Pizza (photo above)
Pizza alla Vodka
Spinoccoli Pizza
Chicken Parmagiana Pizza
Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pizza
Pizza Bites

Basic Homemade Pizza Dough


This dough yields enough for 2 14-inch thin crust pizzas. If you don’t need this much pizza in your life, you can freeze half of the dough and thaw it in the fridge when the homemade pizza craving hits again. See Step 4 of the instructions below for how to freeze this homemade pizza dough.


½ cup warm water (about 110° F)
2 ¼ tsp instant yeast (1 packet)
4 cups (22 oz) bread flour
1 ½ tsp table salt
1 ¼ cups room temperature water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Extra oil for greasing the bowl


  • 01

    In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, measure the warm water.  Sprinkle the yeast over the water and set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour and salt.  Add the room temperature water to the warm water and with the mixer on low, pour the water into the flour.  Add the olive oil.  Mix until the dough just combines and starts to pull together.

  • 02

    Swap out the paddle attachment for the dough hook and knead the dough on low speed (2 or 3 on most mixers) for 5 minutes.  The dough should be smooth but slightly sticky.  If it’s too sticky, knead in a couple tablespoons of flour.

  • 03

    Very lightly grease a large bowl or dough bucket with oil.  Transfer the dough to the bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm spot for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

  • 04

    Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface, divide it in half, and roll each half into a ball.  Allow each dough ball to rest for 10 to 30 minutes (no more than 30!), covered with a damp cloth or a piece of plastic wrap (the one you used to cover the bowl works fine).

    At this point, you can use the dough right away or wrap it in a double layer of plastic wrap, toss it in a quart-size freezer bag and freeze it for another time. Thaw the dough in the fridge overnight before using.

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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    June 12, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Good, homemade pizza dough is the best! And this recipe sounds truly lovely 🙂

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    June 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Homemade pizza dough is so amazing, your recipe def. looks awesome!

  • Coleen
    June 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I’ve been wanting to make pizza at home from scratch for a long time. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • June 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

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  • Prf18
    June 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Try a thin crust. Spread the dough, apply sause and toppings and then roll like a jelly roll. Slice in 2″ pieces. Place upright and bake 450 for 12 – 15 min.
    Good for parties

  • Amanda Young
    November 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    The dough came out so good and made the prettiest pizza. I do have a dumb question. I froze half for later. Do I need to thaw out the dough or will it be pliable out of the freezer for immediate use?

    • taraliptak
      November 14, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      You’ll have to let it thaw first. It takes a couple of hours at room temperature or a full day in the fridge. So glad you liked it!

  • Shir
    July 19, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    When you say “ instant yeast” , which one do you mean ? I have “ quick rise” instant yeast that says on the jar instructions, a 10 minute rest replaces the first rise. How does this work in your pizza dough recipe ?
    Thank you

    • Tara
      July 31, 2020 at 9:00 AM

      Hi Shir, Instant yeast is the same as quick rise yeast but you still have to allow the dough to proof or rise. You can simply add the yeast to the water and start the recipe without allowing the yeast to bloom in the water first. Just follow the instructions I’ve laid out for the recipe using the quick rise yeast (the same amount as I’ve noted) and this dough will turn out great. Happy baking!