Homemade Pizza Dough

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This homemade pizza dough is easy AND delicious. You’ll want to ditch delivery and have a pizza making night with your family with this simple and soft pizza dough recipe that everyone loves.

BEST Pizza Dough Recipe

Homemade pizza is one of our family’s FAVORITE meals to make together. It’s also so much fun to make with other families or friends. All you’ll need is:

  • cheese – we love mozzarella best
  • sauce (check out our Homemade Pizza Sauce and White Pizza Sauce recipes)
  • toppings – pepperoni, chicken, sausage, veggies (olives, peppers, etc), pineapple, and more

Then make THIS homemade pizza dough for the world’s most perfect delicious at-home pizza. The smell of fresh pizza when it’s cooking in the oven is pure heaven. All that melted cheese and tasty toppings cooking together on top of a soft and crispy dough – just can’t be beat.

How to Make Pizza Dough

You’ll never believe how easy it is to make your own pizza dough. You need just 6 ingredients – and one is water so that practically doesn’t count. And don’t be afraid of yeast! I swear it’s more simple than you think. Say it with me: You can do it!

Combine your water, yeast, and sugar and let it sit for a couple minutes. You’ll need WARM water. This will make your yeast perfect for the dough. Add the salt and oil to the yeast mixture. Then add your flour a cup at a time until it’s formed a sticky dough. Knead  your dough on a counter or in a mixer for 8 minutes. The dough should no longer be sticky.

This recipe makes four 14-inch pizza crusts, so divide the dour into four parts. You can freeze the dough or roll it out into a large pizza circle. (I love to have a couple of frozen pizza doughs on hand when we want an impromptu pizza night.) Fold over the outer edge of the dough if you want to have a crust.

We also recommend brushing the dough with olive oil and poking with a fork so it doesn’t bubble up.

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and bake the dough on a greased cookie sheet or pizza stone for 8-12 minutes to cook completely. You can store this to add toppings to later OR you can proof the dough by baking for 5-7 minutes and then adding toppings and continue cooking until cheese is melted.

Pre-baking Pizza Dough Crust

As mentioned, we typically bake (or proof) our dough before we add toppings. That’s to ensure the crust is cooked and isn’t gooey underneath the toppings, which can happen if you add toppings to the dough before baking. Here are some tips to make sure you get perfect pizza dough:

  • Be sure to fold the outer edge of the dough round over if you want to have a crust.
  • Be sure to bake dough for at least 5 minutes before baking. Using a pizza stone will help it cook more evenly, but it doesn’t need to be baked on a pizza stone – any baking sheet works. To make ahead of time, cook pizzas for 8-12 minutes and wrap in Saran Wrap to store to make pizzas later.
  • Bake the dough on the lowest oven rack to make sure dough is closest to the heat.
  • If dough starts to bubble up, you can use a fork to poke a hole in the bubble so it doesn’t puff up too much.

Easy Pizza Dough

We love that this pizza dough recipe is fail proof. and so simple. You’ll want to make this recipe at least once a week (it’s that good). My kids are always begging to make homemade pizza – it’s simply delicious.

I hope you give this easy pizza dough a try. Invite all of your friends over of a summer pizza party! Bake a whole bunch of different pizzas and then slice them all for everyone to try a piece or two. Sounds like a fun party to me!

What to serve with pizza:

Make this dough for these delicious pizzas:

Pizza Dough Recipe

5 from 7 votes

This homemade pizza dough is easy AND delicious. You'll want to ditch delivery and have a pizza making night with your family with this simple and soft pizza dough recipe that everyone loves. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 230 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp yeast
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 6 cups flour (give or take)


  1. Combine water, yeast & sugar and let sit for a few minutes.

  2. Add salt and oil, then mix in flour a cup at a time.

  3. Knead dough for 8 minutes then let raise about 30 minutes.

  4. This dough makes FOUR - 14 inch pizza crusts. Divide dough in 4 and roll out onto floured surface to about 1/2" thickness. You can also brush with olive oil and poke with fork so it doesn't bubble up.

  5. Bake on a preheated stone at 500 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes to save and add toppings to later. OR, you can bake for 5-7 minutes, add toppings and then continue baking until cheese is melted.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. This made me excited. This is my first time to make my own pizza dough and I am so happy. I can imagine all the possibilities that I can make. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Hi
    I’m not a big fan of pizza as i hate the tomato base so your idea for a white sauce base instead is very appealing and I’m deffo gonna try it , minus the garlic though as I don’t like that lol
    I love getting your emails with all your different ideas on , there are some great recipes
    Thank you for your inspiration.
    Louise x

  3. you say that the dough makes 4 pizza bases..Am confused. the calorie count. is it cover the whole pizza recipe or is it a fourth of the smaller pizza base

  4. Absolutely THE best Pizza Dough recipe everrrr!!! I maDe the whOle recipe and dIvided in half. I Used half for stromboli one nIght for dinner and it was perfect—thankS to your pizza dOugh!!! I fRoze the other half in a gallon-size baggie, sprayed with Pam.

    Thawed the second half and made 1 thick-crust pizza. I Did brush with olive oil and baked for 8 minUtes at 500° oven—without toPpings. Then topped with homemade Red sauce, mozzarella, ham, pepperoni, mUshroOms and black olives—baked for 8 more minutes. It was delicious!!!

    My search is over….ThaNk yOu for a delicious and wondeRful Pizza dough/crust recipe. This will be my go-to from now on!!!

  5. Was looking for a good pizza dough recipe, going to give yours a whirl tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!! Best wishes, Wanda