Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Easiest way of making your own pizza dough

Whenever I used to think about making pizza, the dough making held me back. I mean anybody can come up with a bunch of toppings and a sauce, right? For pizza dough on the other hand you definitely need an expert or something like that. Well, not really.

This is the dough recipe that I’m using every time I make pizza and I never failed. It is very fast and easy to make, and nice thing about it, you don’t have to let it rise, if you don’t want to. Personally I like my crust very thin and not very crispy because I would rather enjoy the toppings than fill myself with bread. However, if you like the puffy/fluffy style you should let it rise for about an hour or more. The quantity that you get after making my recipe, will be enough for two large pizzas, about 16″ in diameter, or three medium 12″.

You’ll need a cup and a half of warm water in which you dissolved a tsp of sugar and a pack of instant yeast (2¼ tsp). Now there is a weird thing going on with the altitude and/or air humidity because ever since I moved to Calgary I had to use two cups of water but you might be ok with my original recipe. If you notice that your dough comes out a bit too hard, just add some water but not more than another half of cup. The quantity of a ⅓ cup of olive oil is the same.

Ingredients needed for easy pizza dough recipe

Add 4 cups of flour and a tsp of salt in the bowl of your mixer, then add the ⅓ cup of olive oil, the activated yeast and whatever herbs you might want to add and give it a serious swirl. Did I mention I love my Pro KitchenAid mixer?

Swirled dough in an awesome KitchenAid mixer

Continue mixing, until everything is well incorporated. Shape the dough into a ball. The dough should be very elastic. You can also get creative, like adding some herbs like oregano or weird spices. I actually made one with maple syrup but make sure you don’t pour too much or it will turn into a cracker in the oven.

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 large pizzas

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe


  • 1½ cups Warm Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • ⅓ cup Olive Oil
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 2¼ tsp Yeast

Preparation Instructions

  1. In 1½ cups warm water pour sugar and yeast; let yeast activate for 5 minutes or until becomes frothy.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour and salt and mix. Add the olive oil and using the dough hook, mix for about a min.
  3. Add the yeast combo to the flour mixture and mix until well incorporated. Shape the dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl, rubbing oil on the dough as well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. If you’re not using the dough right away, you can also freeze it.


    • baker says

      I don’t! I store it in the fridge and use it as needed. For baking requirements check out my pizza recipes, they all use this dough and it is not pre-baked.

  1. Brandi says

    I do not see in the instructions what to do with the sugar?? I am mixing it in with the dry ingredients. I hope and assume this is correct.

    • baker says

      Oh my bad, I missed the sugar in my instructions but I fixed it now, thanks for pointing that out. Sugar is used along with the yeast in order to activate it.

  2. Patricia Smith says

    After you mix you can then roll out right away. Refrigeration is just if you want it on stand by for future use? I have a bread machine that it’s sole purpose is for pizza dough but I also have the kitchenaid….nice knowing that I have a backup option without having to replace anything.

    • baker says

      I usually refrigerate whatever I have left, the amount you get from my recipe is for two large or three medium.

  3. Antonette says

    Your direction says 1tbls of sugar but the list of ingredients says 1 teas. From my experience I would say teaspoon, but just checking.

    • baker says

      Nope! You can use it right away. If you let it rise, it becomes a bit too fluffy for my taste but you will probably notice that anyway if you store dough in the fridge for later use, it will rise like crazy. You can also experiment see which style you like the most, nothing bad will happen, your pizza will always be delicious.

  4. Angelica says

    Hi! If I freeze the dough, what I need to do wiht it when ready for bake the pizza, do I need to let it at room temp??

    • baker says

      Yes, you need to take it out in advance and let it thaw at room temperature, unless you want to hammer it down into the shape you want it. :)

  5. Bronwen Dias says

    This is the best pizza dough recipe EVER. We make Pizza at home often, I misplaced my recipe book so went looking for a recipe, so glad I did.

  6. Maggie says

    I wanted to take the time to comment, you are a life saver! This recipe is gorgeous, very easy to make, tried and true, I use it for everything from pizza dough, to piza roll ups, and now Im making garlic knots with this same recipe just different waiting time on the rising
    I love that you combine and use the mix
    Thank you for publishing this recipe! Be well!

  7. 'Gretna says

    I was always put off by, the kneading kneading then the rising for hours. Today I made your dough. Put one portion in the freege for lunch and then cut up portions and froze them. This was the best pizza I have ever eaten. I put herbs in the dough and tomatoes garlic ginger and cheese on the top. The base was melt in the mouth thin and crispy. I love you girl. And wish best wishes for you and you family all the way from Bonnie Scotland x

    • baker says

      I’m actually a dude but thanks for the warm message anyway. Glad you enjoyed it, we have been doing our own pizza for years now.

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