Skip to Content

Pizza Dough Recipe

When you’re ready for comfort food, have you thought of homemade pizza? It sounds fancy, but with this 10 minute pizza dough recipe, it’s easy! Pizza is a crowd pleaser with its customizable toppings. You’re going to love having this no-rise pizza dough!

Even if you’re not Italian, this Italian pizza dough recipe is for you! Here’s where you’re in charge of your pizza—thick or thin crust? You’ve got it with this easy recipe. And one of the best parts is that you don’t even have to let it rise! That’s right—no rise time!

Easy and Quick Pizza Dough Recipe with dough on floured surface square.

If you want to make it in advance, store it in the fridge and pull it out when you’re ready to make your homemade pizza! This recipe is so flexible! If you have a fussy eater, they can top their own. It’s perfect for everyone!

Are you ready for a twist for your pizza? Try this Rocky Mountain Homemade Barbecue Sauce! It works great with chicken on your pizza. Then you have to try The Best Easy Calzones and try this easy Pizza Sauce for a thick, rich zesty sauce. For dessert, check out this Italian inspired treat: Lemon Ice Cream {Lemon Gelato} or my Traditional (easy) Tiramisu!

Primary Ingredients

It’s easy to keep all the ingredients you need on hand for this pizza dough recipe. I love how simple ingredients like flour, water, yeast, and sugar transform into bread.

No Rise Pizza Dough recipe ingredients L - R Olive oil, flour, warm water, kosher salt, sugar and yeast.
  • All Purpose Flour | The key ingredient in any pizza dough recipe is flour. If you’re gluten free, try this King Arthur variety.
  • Olive oil | This oil is full of healthy monounsaturated fats! Yes! It’s good for you!
  • Warm water | It’s important that your water is warm and not hot. If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast and your pizza dough won’t turn out.
  • Dry yeast | Yeast is a living organism, but you can keep it fresh by storing it in the fridge or freezer.
  • Sugar | It doesn’t take much, but don’t skip this ingredient. The sugar feeds the yeast!
  • Salt | Salt brings out the flavor! I use an unrefined and additive-free kosher salt.

Instructions

If you have 10 minutes, you’re ready to start this easy pizza dough!

Pizza dough recipe process shots adding yeast to warm water in bowl and adding sugar to yeast mixture.

Use a small non-reactive bowl, add warm water, yeast, and sugar. Whisk and let it sit. A yeasty froth will grow on top! 

TFC PRO TIP | Typically yeast doesn’t like metal, but I have been successful every time, proofing my yeast right in the mixer bowl, avoiding another dish to wash!

Pizza dough recipe process shots frothy yeast and adding flour to mixture.

In your stand mixer bowl, add the yeast mixture, flour, olive oil, and salt. Mix everything for a few minutes until it combines. The soft, stretchy dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl when it’s ready.

Pizza dough process shots adding olive oil to flour mixture and kosher salt.

Split the dough in equal halves. Your dough is ready to go!

Pizza dough recipe splitting dough in half and placing one portion in a freezer baggie.

You can also store the dough with a little olive oil in a bowl in the fridge or freezer, see instructions for storage below.

Pizza dough ready for storing on floured table.

Roll out your dough to the desired thickness. Smother it with your favorite toppings. And pop it in the hot oven!

Variations

You can literally top pizza with anything that you love, and it will work! If you love olives, feta cheese, or even sunflower seeds, they can all go on your perfect pizza! It’s also a sneaky way to use leftovers!

rolled out pizza dough recipe with thick, red, pizza sauce smeared on top.

TFC Pro Tips

Here’s a couple of tips to make this recipe even easier:

  • Use fresh yeast | If you’re not getting a frothy top with your warm water, yeast, and sugar—throw it out. Keep your yeast fresh by storing it in the fridge or freezer. If it’s in the freezer, let it thaw for 30 minutes before using.
  • Baking stone | If you’re using a baking stone instead of a cookie tray, preheat it in your oven! A baking stone will give you a more authentic pizza crust.

Frequently Asked Questions

How hot is hot enough to bake my pizza?

My oven goes up to 550 degrees! So get your oven as hot as possible—a pizzeria’s oven is 800 degrees.

Do I have to have a stand mixer?

No, you can do it the old fashioned way if you don’t have a stand mixer (but you might want to invest in one since it’s so useful). The benefit of kneading by hand is that you’ll get a small workout.

Is this pizza dough recipe vegan?

Yes! This recipe relies on olive oil instead of animal fats and is mostly made from flour. It is 100% vegan if you top it with vegetables!

How long do you let pizza dough rise?

Since this pizza dough recipe is a no rise pizza dough, you do not have to allow it to rise at all. However; it’s so versatile that you can certainly allow this dough to rise. Place the dough that is rubbed in a little olive oil in a larger ceramic or glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm location for 30-60 minutes until doubled in size.

Image of pizza dough rolled out with sauce and toppings on top ready for the oven.

How to Store Pizza Dough

If not using the pizza dough recipe right away, rub or spray with a little olive oil, place in a larger glass or ceramic bowl, cover in plastic wrap in fridge until ready to use. It will rise slowly in the fridge but it won’t hurt it, when ready to bake, simply punch down and roll into desired thickness.

Can I Freeze Pizza Dough?

Yes, I love recipes that you can make once and use at another time! Simply rub the pizza dough ball with a little olive oil and place in a freezer baggie. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Freeze up to 3-4 months.

Pizza dough in a freezer baggie ready to be frozen.

Defrosting Pizza Dough

When you are ready to defrost your pizza dough recipe, remove the baggie from the freezer and place in fridge to defrost overnight. When ready to use, remove from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using. Bake as directed.

For quicker defrosting and thawing of Italian pizza dough, remove from freezer and place pizza dough ball in a glass bowl twice it’s size, rub all over with a little olive oil, cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let thaw and rise in a warm place for 2-4 hours until thawed and doubled. A good thawing location is in your oven with the lights on.

  • Pizza Peel | These take a bit of practice to use, but once you master the art of the pizza peel, you will love it, works great on BBQ grills too! I purchased this one, because the handle folds in for easier storage.
  • Baking Surface | I love my pizza stone as well as my baking steel (yields a crisper, chewier crust), but also use a pizza pan for ease and you can of course use a baking sheet as well!
  • Pizza Cutter | This pizza cutter is my favorite by far, it’s smaller, sharp and stores easily!

How to make homemade pizza

Preheat the oven screaming hot, as hot as your oven will go–mine goes up to 550 degrees. If using a pizza stone, or pizza steel, be sure to place those in the oven before preheating.

Once your pizza dough is topped with your favorite toppings, place in oven and bake 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 8 minutes before slicing!

Pizza dough recipe with image of baked pizza and hand using pizza cutter to slice a cheesy piece of pizza.

Let me know how your pizza turned out!

Like this recipe?
Don’t forget to give it a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️star rating in the recipe below!

Easy and Quick Pizza Dough Recipe with dough on floured surface square.
Yield: 2 pizza dough balls (enough for 2 large pizzas)

Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

When you’re ready for comfort food, have you thought of homemade pizza? It sounds fancy, but with this 10 minute pizza dough recipe, it’s easy! Pizza is a crowd pleaser with its customizable toppings. You’re going to love having this no-rise pizza dough!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups water, warm (not hot, warm to the touch)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast (replace with 1 packet), instant yeast may be used
  • 4 - 4 ¼ cups all purpose flour (or replace with Gluten-Free AP Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Use a small non-reactive bowl*, add warm water, yeast, and sugar. Whisk and let it sit, about 8-10 minutes A yeasty froth will grow on top! 
  2. In your stand mixer** bowl, add the yeast mixture, flour, olive oil, and salt. Mix everything for 5 minutes until it combines. The soft, stretchy dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl when it’s ready. Split the dough in equal halves. Your dough is ready to go!
  3. You can also store the dough with a little olive oil in a bowl in the fridge or freezer, see instructions for storage below. Roll out your dough to the desired thickness. Smother it with your favorite toppings. And pop it in the hot oven!

*Typically yeast does not like metal, but I have been successful every time proofing the yeast right in my mixer bowl, one less dish to wash.

**You can make without a stand mixer and J hook, be sure to mix until the dough is smooth and stretchy, then knead by hand on a floured surface for 8 minutes or so.

How to Make Homemade Pizza

  1. Preheat the oven screaming hot, as hot as your oven will go--mine goes up to 550 degrees (and if using a pizza stone, or pizza steel, be sure to place those in beforehand to preheat with the oven. Roll out your dough as thick or thin as you like.
  2. Top with your favorite pizza sauce and favorite toppings, place in oven and bake 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 8 minutes before slicing!

Notes

TFC PRO TIP

  • Use fresh yeast | If you’re not getting a frothy top with your warm water, yeast, and sugar—throw it out. Keep your yeast fresh by storing it in the fridge or freezer. If it’s in the freezer, let it thaw for 30 minutes before using.
  • Baking stone | If you’re using a baking stone instead of a cookie tray, preheat it in your oven! A baking stone will give you a more authentic pizza crust.

STORAGE

If not using the pizza dough recipe right away, rub or spray with a little olive oil, place in a larger glass or ceramic bowl, cover in plastic wrap in fridge until ready to use. It will rise slowly in the fridge but it won't hurt it, when ready to bake, simply punch down and roll into desired thickness.
Yes, I love recipes that you can make once and use at another time! Simply rub the pizza dough ball with a little olive oil and place in a freezer baggie. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Freeze up to 3-4 months.

FREEZING & DEFROSTING PIZZA DOUGH
When you are ready to defrost your pizza dough recipe, remove the baggie from the freezer and place in fridge to defrost overnight. When ready to use, remove from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using. Bake as directed.

For quicker defrosting and thawing of Italian pizza dough, remove from freezer and place pizza dough ball in a glass bowl twice it's size, rub all over with a little olive oil, cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let thaw and rise in a warm place for 2-4 hours until thawed and doubled. A good thawing location is in your oven with the lights on.

Variations

You can literally top pizza with anything that you love, and it will work! If you love olives, feta cheese, or even sunflower seeds, they can all go on your perfect pizza! It’s also a sneaky way to use leftovers!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18 slices

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 91gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

Did you make this recipe?

Go ahead, MAKE MY DAY! PIN on Pinterest and Comment on the blog!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Jennifer Stewart

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

I don't make homemade pizzas at home currently because I can never get the dough right. Thanks to this now I do!

Kathleen

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

YAY! Loving hearing that Jennifer!

Erin

Sunday 19th of September 2021

YUM! This makes the BEST dough for homemade pizza. We loved it!

Kathleen

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Thank you so much Erin! So glad you loved it!

Nikki

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Perfect crust! Making it was surprisingly easy too!

Kathleen

Friday 17th of September 2021

Thank you Nikki, it is so very easy!

Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Making my own pizza dough was a game changer!! I used your sauce too!! Perfection!!

Kathleen

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

So glad you loved it!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe