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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

This super easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe is made with just 6 simple ingredients and makes the best homemade pizza!
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 1 (11-inch) pizza crust
Calories: 1156kcal


  • 1 packet (7 grams) instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees f)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups all-purpose flour plus extra for flouring surface
  • olive oil for coating
  • Semolina flour optional


  • Add yeast, sugar, and water to a large mixing bowl and give it a quick and gentle whisk to mix.  Let sit for 5 minutes or until it becomes bubbly, signaling that the yeast is activated.
  • Add the salt and flour to the bowl and combine using a silicone or plastic spatula until a ball begins to form.
  • Once the dough forms a sticky dough ball, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a new, large bowl that has been coated in olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place (If it's a cold day or you live in a colder climate, I would recommend sitting the bowl inside another bowl that has warm water in it).
  • Allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 500°F.
  • Once the dough has risen, transfer to a floured surface and gently knead the dough a few times (3- 5) until smooth. 
  • Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into an 11-inch circle. Using your thumb, indent a circle about 1 inch from the edge, forming a barrier for the crust. 
  • Gently poke the surface of your crust with a fork. This will help prevent air bubbles from forming as it bakes.
  • Top with your favorite pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and other favorite toppings.
  • Dust the surface of a pizza stone, or large baking sheet, with semolina flour and place the crust on top. Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is a golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. 


  • Nutritional information is for 1 (11-inch) pizza crust. Toppings are not included.
  • If you live in a cold climate (or it’s a cold day) pre-heat your mixing bowl in Step 1 by letting some hot water sit in the bowl for a few minutes before you begin.
  • Let your pizza stone preheat inside the oven as it comes to temperature. Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Take the pizza stone out of the oven (rest on a trivet or hot pad), dust with semolina flour, and place dough on top. Then, add sauce and toppings while the pizza is on the stone. This will gently crisp the crust. Be very cautious handling the hot pizza stone. 
  • This homemade pizza dough can also be used to make your favorite calzones, mini pizzas, or breadsticks.
  • How to make ahead of time: allow the dough to rise in the bowl covered by plastic wrap (as indicated in the instructions above). Remove the plastic wrap, deflate it, and wrap the dough ball tightly in plastic wrap or in a plastic ziplock bag with all of the air removed so that it doesn't dry out. Keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to a month or so.
  • Looking for a pizza oven, see this helpful best pizza ovens guide.


Calories: 1156kcal | Carbohydrates: 243g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 15mg
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