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Pizza dough pressed into a circle on a wood pizza peel.
Easy Pizza Dough
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

A step by step guide for making homemade Pizza Dough. This easy pizza dough recipe is quick and inexpensive and adaptable for thin or thick crust pizza!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, Tablespoon, teaspoon
Servings: 3 thin crust pizzas
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 3/4 - 4 cups bread flour (bread flour works best, but all purpose works fine)
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer combine 1/2 cup of the warm water with the sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve the yeast and let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining 1 cup of warm water, and the olive oil, salt and vinegar.

  3. Begin mixing on medium-low speed, gradually adding the flour, and knead the dough for about 7 minutes, or until it's smooth and elastic. The dough should be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that it really sticks to your fingertip when touched. 

  4. Cover the bowl with a dry towel and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled in volume--about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Gently punch the dough down and place on a lightly greased or floured counter top. Divide the dough into 2 or 3 equal pieces (depending on how thick you want your crust/how big you want your pizza. I make three medium size, thinner crust pizzas. But you could make two larger pizzas). 

  6. Roll and stretch your dough to desired size and thickness. 

  7. Allow the dough to rest while you preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. If you have a pizza stone (or want to use a baking tray) place it in the oven while it preheats. 

  8. Brush pizza dough lightly with olive oil and prick it all over with a fork. Pre-bake the dough on a hot pizza stone or in pizza pan for 6 minutes. 

  9. Remove from oven and add pizza sauce and toppings. Return to oven and bake for 8-15 more minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
Make ahead Instructions:

Option 1: Make the dough up until the first rise. Place the dough in an airtight container in the fridge to rise overnight, or for several hours, before rolling it out and pre-baking it. 

Option 2: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with desired pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.

Find instructions for freezing pizza dough, above in the post.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Pizza Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 751 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 1167mg 49%
Potassium 206mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 131g 44%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g 36%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 43.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.