How to Make Pizza Dough

You may have wondered how you can make pizza dough at home. I bet you have your favorite pizza recipe you have been dying to make. It is a lot of fun to make homemade pizzas from scratch and it isn’t difficult to do at all. Armed with a food processor or a good pair of hands and you can make wonderful pizza dough.

homemade pizza dough recipe

Homemade Pizza Dough

I think one of the largest misconceptions about making your pizza dough from scratch is that it is difficult to do. It really isn’t difficult at all. If you have a refrigerator on hand, which we all do, you can make this ahead of time and pull it out when you are ready to make your own pizzas.

I have always hated the pizza dough you can get in a can, it plain tastes weird, making food from your kitchen is always better than buying something that is pre-made.

I personally really like to replace pre-packaged and processed foods with homemade alternatives. You can save a lot of money by doing this. You also know exactly what is in your food, so you don’t have to worry about ingredients that you have no idea what they are.

How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is so easy to make. Once you have your dough made you have three options for when you want to use the pizza dough. You can use it immediately, you can use it within a couple of days, or you can freeze it for later.

Personally I love storing the dough in the refrigerator for a couple of days. I had a pizza party recently and we grilled up all sorts of pizzas. I didn’t want to have to work a lot on the day of the party so I made my dough ahead of time. So right before the party I just needed to slice up a few ingredients and we were able to enjoy making up pizzas.

Using Pizza Dough Later

So after you have prepared your dough you can store it to use later. You can either freeze your pizza dough, or you can put it in the refrigerator.

Which method should you choose? It depends when you are going to prepare your pizzas. If you are doing to use your dough within 3 days the refrigerator should be fine. If you want to use is later, you can freeze your dough for up to a month.

Refrigerate Pizza Dough

Once the dough has been kneaded simply place in a large sealable plastic container with a lid that has been sprayed with some non-stick spray. You will need to let the dough warm-up for about 15 minutes before using it. The longer you leave the dough on the container, it will expand, you may need to punch down the dough. Some pizza parlors think this slow rise process is where the dough really gets the flavor.

Freeze Pizza Dough

Divide out the dough into the desired portions, this recipe will make three medium-sized pizzas and place the dough into a zip-top bag that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Seal bag, and freeze for up to a month. You will need to allow the dough to thaw for 30 minutes before using.

Additional Pizza Dough Making Tips

  • Try to use bread flour, it will give you a more chewy and crispy crust. You can use regular all-purpose flour, too, but if you happen to have bread flour on hand use this instead for better results.
  • To really get your dough to stretch out well while rolling it out, let it rest a couple of times. This will let the dough relax and then you can continue to stretch it out even more.
  • Fingertips and hands do a better job in rolling out your dough than a rolling pin. If you use a rolling pin, the dough may become tough, if you process it too much. Ideally, touch the dough as little as possible when stretching it out.
  • Resist the urge to add extra flour in the dough when working with the dough. It is ok if your dough is sticky.

Cooking Instructions

Now after you choose your toppings, you will simply bake your topped pizza with your favorite ingredients. You will place it into a 400-degree oven and bake for 13 to 17 minutes.

Homemade Pizza Dough Questions and Answers

I get a lot of questions. Let me answer them.

Do I have to use yeast?

Yes, you must use yeast. Do not use baking soda, or baking powder, it will not make pizza dough.

I am going to freeze the pizza dough, do I need to let it rise first?

No, knead it for about 30 seconds, then wrap it and freeze the pizza dough.

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How to make Pizza Dough

Learn how to make pizza dough from scratch. 
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pizza
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 2 pizza rounds
Calories: 1048kcal


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon active yeast 1 package of instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups bread flour 22 ounces bread flour plus more for working the dough
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • non-stick spray


  • Place the 1/2 cup of warm water and yeast together in a medium bowl and whisk together briefly. Allow the yeast enough time to bubble up and become active, this should take a few minutes.
  •  If the yeast is inactive, you may need to replace the yeast and try again. Add room temperature water and oil to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Into a food processor bowl pour in flour and salt, pulse to combine. Add yeast, olive oil, and water through the tube of the food processor and process. 
  • The dough will form into a ball. Process until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough will be sticky if you are going to use the dough immediately or within a few days place into a bowl that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, cover dough with plastic wrap. Let rise until the dough has doubled in size, this may take up to 2 hours. 
  • If you are going to freeze the dough you will need to turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds before preparing the dough for the freezer and then wrap it tightly for the freezer to use later. 
  • You will need to let it rise when you remove frozen dough from the freezer. Again, You do not need to let the dough rise before placing into the freezer. It can rise after you remove it from the freezer. 

Cooking Instructions

  • Now after you choose your toppings, you will simply bake your topped pizza with your favorite ingredients, and you will place it into a 400-degree oven and bake for 13 to 17 minutes.



Calories: 1048kcal | Carbohydrates: 184g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1763mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Rob

    5 stars
    This pizza dough was easy to make. It turned out good. Finally, I can make a homemade pizza when Trader Joes is out of their pizza dough.

  2. David Labens

    Your recipe seems to be cut off right after the “Directions for the freezer

    You do not need to let the dough rise for 2 hours if you are going to place it in the freezer. You do need to knead it th”

    I am wondering what I am missing?

  3. Regina McNatt

    Stephanie, I am absolutely thrilled with meeting you and your wonderful recipes. I have begun with the soups from Olive Garden. All a success. My husband has always loved to grill and cook. We just celebrated our 46th anniversary and HE taught me how to cook when we married. Since he
    retired, he has took over our kitchen. Thanks so much for reminding me how much I love to cook. I will remain a devoted fan. Thank you.

  4. Joanne

    I made the dough this morning. Put it in a bucket. In the fridge. I made a double batch. This rose soo much. I got 3 very good sized pizzas. I will never use my go to recipe again. This dough is fantastic. I also made the publix icing. We don’t have a publix, but we have wegmans. And this is spot on. Delicious. Thank you for the recipes. Also, I love Edwards strawberry creme pie. But can’t find a copycat. Can you tell me if you have one?

  5. Caped Crusader

    Great pizza dough! Made pizza last night and used this for the dough/crust and my wife and I, as well as our two girls (ages 4 and 6) liked it. I let it rise for about two hours, maybe a little over (it was at least doubled in size). I also used bread flour (instead of all purpose flour) like you suggested, which made the crust brown and crisp up like it should! It felt like we were eating pizza from a restaurant — seriously!
    This is a keeper!!

  6. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    Love making my own pizza dough. I too always thought it was going to be too hard until I gave it a try. Now I rarely buy it!

  7. Heather //

    We like to have a couple of pizza Friday’s every month. Sometimes I buy frozen dough balls from my local Italian deli and thaw it the day before…sometimes I make it from scratch. This is close to the recipe I usually use, but different enough that I’m going to have to give it a try – it really looks like it’s beautiful to work with!

  8. Allie R Taylor

    Loved your refrigerator and freezer storing tips. I have been making homemade pizza dough for years, love this recipe. But I wasn’t aware of the storage tips, super important!!! Great recipe and post. Pinned!

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