Homemade Pizza Dough

5 from 14 votes

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This homemade pizza dough recipe is the perfect start for your favorite kind of pizza. The recipe yields two large pizza crusts, so feed the whole family or freeze one for later.

Two Homemade Pizza Dough rolled into two balls on a wood board

Homemade Pizza Dough

This is the only homemade pizza dough recipe I ever use. It is so easy to prepare and, unlike some dough recipes I have tried, it tastes delicious! This pizza dough recipe makes enough dough for two large pizzas. You can make two pizzas, or make one and freeze one, or use the second to make breadsticks instead. The dough keeps great in the freezer, just be sure to bring the dough to room temperature again before rolling out.

Pizza Sauce Ideas

  • Traditional Red Sauce
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Oil and Garlic
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Peanut Sauce
  • Thai Chili Sauce
  • Garlic Aioli
  • Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
  • Creamy Red Pepper Sauce
  • Hummus

Pizza Topping Ideas

A pizza made with homemade pizza dough that is half cheese half pepperoni and olives
  • Pepperoni
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Black Olives
  • Green Peppers
  • Red Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Chicken
  • Ground Beef
  • Salami
  • Steak
  • Tomatoes
  • Gorgonzola
  • Feta
  • Artichokes
  • Ham
  • Canadian Bacon

Favorite Pizza Recipes

This pizza dough recipe is a great base for all of our favorite pizza recipes. Think outside the cheese and pepperoni box. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Lemon Chicken Pizza – If you haven’t tried thin slices of lemon on pizza, you are missing something great! It is so refreshing and flavorful.
  • Turkey Bacon Avocado Pizza – This pizza is topped with turkey, crisp bacon, and fresh avocado with lots of cheese. It’s all the flavors of a club sandwich on a delicious pizza crust.
  • Antipasto Pizza – A garlic cream sauce replaces the traditional red pizza sauce on this pizza. Spinach, artichoke hearts, pepperoncinis, cherry tomatoes, and olives make this a delicious, vegetarian pizza option.
  • Thai Peanut Chicken Pizza – Our version of the California Pizza Kitchen’s Thai Chicken Pizza tastes just like the original. The Thai flavors on this pizza are mouth-watering good!
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza – BBQ Chicken Pizza is always a favorite! It features barbecue chicken, pineapple, cilantro and plenty of cheese.
  • Garlic Ranch Pizza – Who doesn’t love garlic and ranch in their pizza sauce? When you add bacon, chicken, tomatoes, and mozzarella, it creates a pizza that will have everyone begging for more.

How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

Two Homemade Pizza Dough rolled into two balls on a wood board

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

5 from 14 votes
This homemade pizza dough is so easy and tastes delicious. The recipe yields two large pizza crusts, so feed the whole family or freeze one for later.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 slices



  • Combine water, sugar and yeast in small bowl. Let sit 5 minutes. Mix flour and salt together in the bowl of a heavy duty mixer fitted with dough hook. Add oil to yeast mixture. 
  • Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture and knead on low speed for 10 minutes. (If mixing by hand, knead dough for same amount of time.) Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape into 2 balls. lightly brush dough balls with olive oil and cover completely with plastic wrap. Let rise another 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
  • Lightly grease pizza pan or dust with cornmeal. Take each dough ball and using your fingers, pat it out from the center to the edge, leaving the outer edge a bit thick. Top with favorite toppings. 
  • Bake 10-15 minutes until edges are golden brown.


How to Freeze Pizza Dough

You can freeze the dough after the first or second rise.  
  • If you are freezing after the first rise, punch the dough down and divide it into two balls as directed in the recipe.  Place the dough balls in the freezer on a cookie sheet.  After the dough is frozen, place the dough balls in freezer resealable plastic bags.  To thaw, let the dough come to room temperature (about 1 hour) and then let it rise another 45 minutes.
  • If you are freezing after the second rise, freeze the dough balls and then place them in freezer resealable plastic bags.  To thaw, let the dough come to room temperature (about 1 hour) and then roll out onto pizza pan.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 439mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I feel that for the very first time I made a good yeast dough. It was easy and came out great, used the other half of the dough for cheesy bread. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

      1. 5 stars
        I never thought I’d find a pizza dough recipe even close to my beloved Italian great grandmother. WOW! This is even better than hers! ( I’m so sorry, grandma)
        I’ll always make hers but for special occasions I will be using only yours. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  2. 5 stars
    After reading your lovely recipe,I feel thrilled to go and make it right away. Thank you so much….
    Anju Ravindra.

  3. 5 stars
    I have been making pizza with homemade pizza dough for 10+ years and this is honestly the best pizza dough I have ever made. Light, fluffy, flavorful – I am bookmarking this page and will use this recipe for all my future pizzas 🙂 Thank you!

  4. I made it today and everyone was right it is the best pizza dough ever. Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Hi Jeni- So glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment 😀

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! Your Recipe is so good. I just add some extra beef to it and make it more delicious. Nice and Simple to be honest.

    1. I haven’t made a stuffed Chicago style pizza with this dough, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. I have made calzones and they’ve turned out great.

    1. I think it would be too stiff for pepperoni bread. You will probably want to stick with a bread recipe, not dough. Thanks for asking!

  6. Your recipe is so good , I do add some ingredients to it. dry oregano dry basil and some dry red pepper flakes .It makes for a different tasting dough. then when the pizza is ready to be baked I still put more of the dry ingredient on top of the other ingredients you put on your pizza. It makes a great tasting pizza.

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