Homemade Pizza Dough
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins

My favorite pizza dough recipe! I've been using this recipe for years and it comes out delicious every single time.

  • 1 .25 ounce package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 110 degrees
  • 2 to 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  1. Add the yeast to the 1 cup of warm water, stir and set aside for about 5 minutes to proof. When the yeast starts to get bubbly and foamy, it's ready.
  2. Add the salt, sugar and olive oil to a mixing bowl with the dough hook attached.
  3. Add the yeast to the bowl as well.
  4. Add one cup of flour while the mixer is on low speed until it is combined with the wet ingredients. Then add the second cup of flour.
  5. The mixture should start to come together into a ball that is just a bit sticky.
  6. Knead the dough: You can do this two ways, by hand or let the mixer do it. I prefer to use the mixer. Set a timer for 5 minutes and let the machine continue to mix the dough on low speed.
  7. If the dough starts sticking to the sides of the mixer, you can add a little more flour.
  8. After 5 minutes you should have a nice smooth ball of dough that is slightly tacky and springs back when you poke it.
  9. Add a little oil to another clean bowl. Swirl the oil around so it covers the sides of the bowl.
  10. Add the dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size; about 1 to 2 hours.
  11. After the dough has risen, lightly "punch the dough" and then turn it out on a floured surface to prepare for pizza.
Recipe Notes

Freezing Tips: After the dough has risen, punch it down, shape it into a ball and then place in a freezer safe bag. You can freeze the dough for up to 3 months.  When ready to use, defrost in the refrigerator overnight.