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Homemade Pizza Dough

There is something very rewarding about making your own pizza. For me, seeing the dough transform as it rises and the smell of it baking in the oven is enough to make me smile (and exponentially increase my appetite). I love topping the pizza with fresh ingredients-- either sticking to traditional taste combinations or creating new ones. Overall, this pizza dough recipe is very simple to make and you can top it with whatever toppings you like!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 pizzas


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until the mixture foams on top (this is the yeast blooming), about 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour, salt and 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the yeast mixture. Using your hands, mix the dough until it comes together. It should be soft and sticky, but not so much that it sticks all over your fingers.
  • Knead the dough in the bowl for 2-3 minutes until most of the flour is combined.
  • Transfer the dough into a large mixing bowl that has been oiled all over with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cover with saran wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes up to 2 hours.
  • Press the dough out onto an oiled baking sheet (use 1 tablespoon of oil per sheet) until it is about 1 centimeter thick.
  • Next, go ahead and add whatever toppings you want!
  • Bake the pizzas at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes in the center of the oven.


This dough can be made in large batches and can be frozen in an airtight bag for up to 2 months.
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