Our Favorite Quick and Easy Pizza Dough Recipe
We love homemade pizza at our house. It’s filling, inexpensive, and easy to make!
Best of all, though, in our opinion, it’s so much better than carryout or frozen pizzas.
I’ve tried many different pizza crust recipes and this one is not only our favorite, it’s also one of the quickest to make.
The pizza, from start to finish, can be ready to pop in the oven in less than 30 minutes.
Easy Pizza Crust Recipe Ingredients
- 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. oil (vegetable or olive oil)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
What is basic pizza dough made of?
As with all bread recipes, the basics come down to flour, water, yeast, and salt.
The main difference in pizza crust is the use of oil instead of butter — which allows for a crispier crust.
How To Make Fast Pizza Dough
The main benefit of pizza dough is that it doesn’t need to rise — so you can have your pizza in the oven in as little as 30 minutes!
Ways to Use Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
Pizza dough is very versatile — use it for your favorite pizzas, calzones, and stromboli.
How to Store Easy Pizza Crust
You can make the pizza crust dough the night before and store it in in your fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap. When it’s time to eat, just roll out the dough, add your favorite toppings, and bake according to the recipe card below.
You can also freeze the dough for later.
Can you Freeze homemade pizza dough?
Yes! You can make a double or triple batch of this pizza crust dough and freeze the extra dough to use later.
This speeds up the preparation even more as all you have to do is pull out a bag of dough in the morning and then put the pizza together right before you’re ready to eat.
While I still think fresh is best, the frozen dough is almost as good — and it’s a whole lot less expensive than ordering pizza for dinner.
You can also freeze the pizzas already cooked but I doubt it would ever stay uneaten long enough to make it to the freezer around here!
How to Make Homemade Pizza Crust
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients in and mix well with a large spoon or spatula, just until the ingredients come together.
3. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead it into smooth dough.
4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough and press it into a greased pizza pan.
5. Add sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. (Have fun and be creative with this!)
6. Bake at 450º F. for around 12-15 minutes, or until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned.
Pizza Dough Recipe Quick FAQs
If you prefer a chewier crust, use bread flour as it has a higher protein and gluten content (up to 13%). This allows the dough to stretch more and will produce a more “bread-like” crust.
If you’d like a crispier crust, stick with all-purpose flour as it has slightly lower protein and gluten content.
Yes! All-purpose flour is best for crispier crusts. If you prefer a chewier crust, you’ll want to try bread flour (see notes above).
Water is usually considered best for pizza crust as the enzymes in milk will soften the dough (great for bread, but not as good for a sturdy pizza crust).
Mozzarella is the most “traditional” cheese for pizza, but so many other varieties taste amazing as well. Try mixing up your pizza flavors with a sharp cheddar and parmesan mixture, or even a softer cheese like goat cheese, blue cheese, or feta cheese.
You’ll want to knead it for close to 10 minutes if you’re kneading by hand (or 5-6 if using a mixer). Make sure you use a well-floured work surface if kneading by hand.
In addition to using all-purpose flour (instead of bread flour) a crispy crust needs a hot oven and a little extra oil.
Instead of flouring your work surface, oil the surface (and your hands) with a bit of olive oil to keep the dough from sticking. This will also help it bake up extra crispy in the oven.
You will also want to keep your crust fairly thin so it bakes quickly.
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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
For the Crust
- 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (105-115ºF)
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- pizza sauce
- pizza toppings
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
- Add the rest of the ingredients in and mix well with a large spoon or spatula, just until the ingredients come together.
- Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead it into smooth dough.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough and press it into a greased pizza pan.
- Add sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings.
- Bake at 450º F. for around 12-15 minutes, or until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned.
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Does anyone ever roll the dough out and freeze? It would be so much easier that way and was wondering how it worked. Thanks!
Interesting idea! Let us know if you try it! -Meg, MSM Team
I’ve attempted pizza dough before I had kids and failed gloriously. But let me tell you, THANK YOU so much for your recipe. So dang easy!! Kids approved!
I have used this recipe for years, which I also got from an old Betty Crocker cookbook, but in mine it doesn’t say to knead the dough. Instead, once you’ve mixed the ingredients, add flour until it forms a ball that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Give it 20 additional strong strokes, cover and let sit for 5 minutes (tip: if you let it sit 30 minutes it will be even lighter). I also make breadsticks etc with this recipe and for pizza dough I often add spices like garlic to the dough itself (but for every tsp. of garlic powder you use you must use an equal amount of sugar so it isn’t bitter).
Pizza: savings tip.
– buy several jars of tomato sauce when they are on sale
– when you make pizza, use 1/3 of one jar
– freeze the rest in 2 ziplock bags for the next times
-> No more partly empty jar forgotten in the fridge.
PS: tomato sauce with no meat will preserve better.
OK, just tried this recipe tonight…YUMMY! We made it with whole wheat flour and I have NEVER tasted a better dough! Crispy on the o0utside and nice and chewy in the middle..THANK YOU!
I just made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! And pretty easy. The only substitute that I made was olive oil for vegtable oil, but otherwise everything was the same.
I went ahead and made a second crust since I had all the ingredients out and popped it in the freezer. Thank you so much for that tip!
I usually make the crust in my bread machine – I got it for a wedding gift almost 12 years ago and it still works great! I use 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 white. I have been experimenting with even more whole wheat, and that has been working fine. As for toppings: My husband and son are booooring… Cheese for my son, pepperoni for my husband. I like to try ham, bacon, ground hamburger, onion, red and green peppers, olives,mushrooms, tomatoes… basically anything I have in the fridge that gives my side more variety!! I also add minced garlic to the dough, use olive oil instead of veg oil, and like to add parmesean cheese, basil, and oregano to the crust. I roll it onto my pizza stone that’s lightly coated with cornmeal – yum! It gives a good texture, and makes it completely non stick. We do this once a week – usually Friday night.
I had to make a meal plan change at the last minute and remembered you posting this quick pizza dough recipe. It was easy and tasted good. It will become my regular pizza dough recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I made homemade pizza for the first time last night using your recipe, and my family loved it! My husband said that it was better than take-out pizza from a local Italian restaurant and my 3 kids devoured it.
I never made homemade pizza before and your recipe was so easy.
Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe with us! I can see that this pizza is going to become one of our family’s favorites.
I just wanted to share that I LOVE your pizza dough recipe and we have been enjoying lots of homemade pizzas over the last few months…YOU MUST try TACO PIZZA!!! Our local pizza joint makes it and I thought I’d give it a whirl…used leftover taco meat and added the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes–use picante or taco sauce in place of pizza sauce…I posted about it here (pic and directions): http://jannawilson.typepad.com/inspiredby/2009/02/sold-out.html
We tried your dough recipe last night. It passed the test! We made it with half bbq chicken (leftover from Sunday) and half bologna. Thanks for sharing!
Robin Fulton says
So I made pizza tonight using your crust recipe! It was sooo good! I blogged about it and linked you to my page! So thank you for a quick and tasty meal!!!
Ok so I tried it tonight and although I didn’t like the sauce I made (it was ketchup mixed with bbq sauce), I did like the toppings I used… smoked turkey sausage, cheddar cheese, white cheddar spread, and tomatoes. And I LOVED the crust. It was soooo good. It will taste amazing with a better sauce LOL I’m going to use an alfredo or tomato sauce next time (didn’t have any of those in the pantry)
Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m definitely going to try it (maybe tonight). And thank you to the readers that had some great tips! My mind is going in circles right now with all the ideas I have. My personal pizz favorite is alfredo pizza w/ alfreddo sauce, chicken (or shrimp, or imitation crab), spinach, mushrooms, and some mozarella cheese. I also love Domino’s Philly Cheesesteak pizza so I might try to make my own version of that since they only have it every few years 🙁
I tried this recipe for lunch today. It was very easy and quick. I double the recipe and it made 3 pizza and 6 bread sticks.
1. I sauteed sliced red peppers and fresh spinach leaves.
Alisha Hughes says
HOMEmade Pizza is a YES! I found that I really like to put pizza seasoning into the crust and mix cheeses on top. YUmmy. Now I want pizza for dinner.
I was going to make pizza anyway last night so you can imagine my happiness to see an easier recipe… and it was a winner! TFS!
Mexican pizza! Salsa for the sauce, taco meat, onions, peppers, maybe black olives, cheddar cheese. Eat with sour cream and guacamole. You can top it with shredded lettuce after it comes out of the oven.
Our pizza is pretty boring – pepperoni usually, but we love it. I use the breadmaker to make the dough…very easy and quick for me!
I’ve used this recipe for years, too! It came from a 20-year-old Betty Crocker cookbook I got when I married. Since then, whenever I see an “easy” pizza recipe I laugh, because they usually have you let it rise for and hour like regular dough – and I think ours is great as is!
I like pesto, chicken, sweet onion, parmesan and feta cheese, and maybe artichoke hearts if I have them – yummm.
Wow, this recipe is great, you don’t even need to rise it. I’ll have to give this one a try as my family loves to have homemade pizza. Thanks for posting it.
Kathy @ (In My Mothers Garden) says
As a family of 10 we make pizza every week.
My husband makes a great philly cheese steak pizza
Check it out on our blog!
God Bless, Kathy
Kathy @ (In My Mothers Garden) says
As a family of 10 we make pizza every week.
My husband makes a great philly cheese steak pizza
Check it out on our blog!
God Bless, Kathy
Crystal, that is a GREAT looking homemade pizza! I’m so surprised that it has no rise or rest time at all!
I just started making a no-knead pizza dough and it is AWESOME! I’ve tried several different recipes and it is by far the best one!
Thanks for sharing yours!!
I didn’t read through every thing so I apologize if someone mentioned this, but when we do homemade pizza I make our dough in the bread machine. It works super slick!
We make buffalo chicken pizza here (not for the kids). I toss the chopped cooked chicken in buffalo wing sauce and spread a thin layer of sauce on the dough, too. Then we usually use colby and monterey jack cheese as the topping. It’s so good and satisfies that wing craving without getting the expensive wings!
We had homemade pizza on Monday night. I thought I was cool until I started reading your comments…man these people really no how to make authentic homemade pizza! I have stuck with the same ol’, same ol’, pepperoni & cheese, or supreme. I’ll have to venture out and try something else.
This is the exact recipe I use! I haven’t made homemade pizza regularly until I found this recipe. We probably make it once a week now. Our favorite toppings are ham and pineapple!
I found this recipe for Par-Baked Pizza Crust several months ago: http://convivial.blogs.com/my_weblog/2008/01/kims-super-easy.html
It is now a regular part of my once a month cooking. This crust is partially baked and frozen. Then you simply take it from freezer to oven after adding your favorite toppings. It is crazy-good!
Katie @cold noodles says
Do you have a favorite sauce? I have yet to find a store-bought sauce that we can all agree is yummy and I haven’t yet tried to find a home recipe. Any suggestions?
I just found this pizza sauce recipe that was super easy but made it my own by adding onion and other seasonings. The original just called for oregano. Here’s what I did this evening and it turned out fantastic:
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/4 to 1/2 c. diced onion (optional)
Avocado oil (or whichever oil you like but I use avocado oil for it’s health benefits and high smoke point without going rancid when heated)
1 tsp or so pat of butter
Red chili flakes, about a pinch or so
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp oregano, crushed in palms
1 tsp basil, crushed in palms
1 tbsp granulated onion
2 tbsp granulated garlic (probably 3-4 cloves fresh, I didn’t have fresh or I’d have used it instead)
In a sauce pan, add about a tablespoon of avocado oil. Over medium heat, add pinch of red chili flakes and let sizzle about a minute. Add diced onion and butter and cook until translucent. Add Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, granulated onion and garlic and stir, cooking to bloom the seasonings, about a minute. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste and stir. Let simmer on low while you prepare the crust recipe. This is enough sauce for several pizzas so I plan to freeze the left over sauce for future use.
I also use the above crust recipe but I do let it rise/rest after kneading because it makes it easier to work with and doesn’t snap back when rolling it out. By the time the crust was kneadrd and back in the bowl to rest I turned the sauce off to cool.
I use one can of tomato paste and 1/4 jar of Garden Select or Primo pasta sauce or marinara, if I’m making a thin crust pizza. Then I season to taste with salt & pepper, fresh garlic, dried parsley, basil, oragano, paprika, and a hint of brown sugar. If the sauce I add doesn’t have minced onion already in it, then I add minced red onion as well 🙂
Clair at Mummy Deals says
I love buying yeast super cheap at Sam’s and then making this recipe – http://www.mummydeals.org/2008/10/mama-bs-kitchen_23.html. We’re pretty boring with toppings as hubby is fussy but these pizzas are soooo good. I did just find wholewheat pizza dough already made at trader Joe’s for $1.29 so i gotta try that too!
We just made this last Friday night as a “test run” for Lent. I used the recipe in the Tightwad Gazette which I think is similar to yours. We’ll be having cheese pizzas every Friday night during Lent.
I gotta try this recipe! I love to make pizza at home with 5 y/o brother, but we always use the refrigerated pillsbury dough (it’s good), but this recipe looks like it would be more wholesome and fun to make. We are more a traditional pizza kind of family, it’s usually pepperoni, and black olives. But my fav is tomatoes and banana peppers! =)
YES! I do our pizza at home. A stiff yeast dough, half ww half white. Simple sauce of tomato paste and a little italian seasoning & water, mozz cheese, then the kids love mushrooms, or onions, or mexican stuff. If I want one for myself I put anchovies and hot peppers, LOL.
I cook the pizzas on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal, in a very hot oven. Yum.
I have had that same recipe for over 20 years-my 5 kids were raised on it. We still make pizza every Saturday night even though we are just 3 now. The pizza idea with the Italian dressing, chicken, onions and feta sounds wonderful and I am going to give that a try. Thanks!
i used this recipe the first time you posted it and i have used it ever since. i like to add heat flour and honey to it. in fact, i am making this pizza today for a playdate. thanks for giving us such great recipes and inspiration to be great moms! mistyG
carla sorensen says
My husband is a pastor and I try to keep Saturday nights quiet and stress free for him while he is finishing up his Sunday preparations. So for us, that means homemade pizza almost every Saturday for dinner. However, it has never been” totally” homemade, because I buy the crusts! So, now you all have encouraged and inspired me to try making my own! I love saving money, too. 🙂 As far as toppings, we like lots of veggies and pineapple. I try to plan ahead, but sometimes it is fun to just add what we have and it is always good! I think I will try artichoke hearts this Saturday, after reading one or more of the comments.
Thanks and God bless!
Nadine Miller says
I myself use the same pizza dough recipe as you do, only I add garlic powder and a little Italian seasoning. One of my favorite pizzas is roasted vegetables on pesto sauce. I make my own pesto sauce using olive oil, fresh garlic, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. While I’m doing that I’ve got vegetables (sliced mushrooms, red and green peppers, and onions) roasting in the oven. They’ve been tossed with a tablespoon of olive oil and some freshly pressed garlic. On the crust I put my pesto sauce, then mozzerella cheese, next roasted vegies and then black olives. So yummy! We think it tastes like something from Olive Garden.
We use the crust recipe from the Tightwad Gazette…very similar. I love the idea of adding herbs and spices to the crust. I’m going to have to try that. Our favorite here is Taco. We spread refried beans (thinned with a little enchalada sauce) as the sauce, we add chicken, pork or beef, seasoned with taco seasoning next, then we top with colby-jack or mexican blend cheese and bake until golden. Then we add shredded lettuce and diced fresh tomatoes. I’m going to have to try some of these recipes that mentioned fresh tomatoes and artichokes…they sound so good…=)
We make our own too, it is so much more economical. My husband loves meats on his, anything from leftover cooked chicken diced and with bbq sauce to ham or bacon, whatever is around! I love veggies on mine, especially fresh tomatoes from my summer garden. Yum.
We make homemade pizza once a week. My boys won;t eat it with anything except peperoni on it though
We love homemade pizza crust, or pita rounds, with pizza sauce, a layer of fresh spinach leaves, Mozzarella and thinly sliced roma tomatoes. I have to put a few pepperonies on my husband’s side!
We like pesto with onions and cheese, but it’s also good with chicken thrown on, too.
I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love homemade pizza, but rarely make it because it usually takes so long to let the dough rise.
That’s really funny that you just posted this because I just (over this past weekend) bookmarked this same post from your old biblical womanhood blog from a few years ago. I’ve never made homemade pizza before, but I look forward to trying this recipe!
Carrie Kirby says
I don’t know how you can do that in half an hour! I usually use my bread machine to make the dough, and it takes me pretty much the whole 50 minute cycle to cook up the sauce with some sausage and chop the other ingredients. Then putting the whole thing together probably takes anohter 15 minutes.
I have a two little distractions hanging around when I’m trying to cook — but so do you!
We almost never eat pizza shop pizza, and I don’t think my kids have ever eaten the frozen stuff. We LOVE homemade! I knead it with my Bosch stand mixer so it’s even quicker to make. One of our favorite toppings is pineapple with ham or sausage. Then mozzarella of course. I drain crushed pineapple very well, even squeeze it out, to keep it from sogging up the crust. Another fav is sliced fresh tomatoes in the summer. That’s on top of the traditional pepperoni or whatever, and topped with mozzarella.
We love homemade pizza here too. The crust recipe I use is very similar, but I use olive oil in it. We have it once a week! So much better than delivery and cheaper of course! I can’t wait to try some of the fun ideas for toppings people have mentioned. Ranch and chicken sounds delicious!
We have a gourmet pizza place nearby here and they put everything from mashed potatoes to pasta, crushed torilla chips and anything else you can think of on pizza. Many of them are very tasty, so be creative!
Rachel S. says
We make pizza about twice a month here. I like a half wheat and half unbleached dough myself. We enjoy home made sauce- and mixed italian cheeses- esp. provolone. YUM!
Sweet! Thanks for the reminder of how simple! My breadmaker does dough as well, that would make it even simpler for me.
tina b says
we love ALL KINDS of pizza, but one of our favorites is thin whole wheat crust with a can of diced tomatoes (we use the muir glen organic garlic and basil kind) as the sauce mixed with tastefully simple pesto and with lots of mozzarella cheese on top. mmmm i’m drooling 🙂
Thank you for posting this. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make my own pizza at home! Love your blog..
I also use part wheat flour in a 1:2 ratio using more white flour so it doesn’t taste so grainy and my family will actually like it. I also use honey in place of sugar, and olive oil in place of butter. Making everything from scratch is much healthier!! We usually eat pizza every Friday. I don’t know what I’d do without my breadmaker!!!!!!!!
I do something similar…except I’ve started putting spices in the crust. I usually put a little fresh crushed garlic and some rosemary (and anything else that sounds good that day). As I’ve explained to my friends…I can make a homemade pizza from scratch faster than they can order one in!
I make my pizza crust in the bread machine (I just use the recipe from the machine book).
I like carmelized onions, bacon, chicken, and blue cheese. Yum.
We make homemade pizza almost every Friday night. One of the ones we like is with pesto, peppers, and cheese. We also like a standby of red sauce, turkey pepperon and cheese.
Rachel- Wallet Wise says
oooo, I love homemade pizza, but I haven’t tried my own crust yet! We’re pretty plain people, so we like to stick to the tried and true cheese and pepperoni! Thanks for the recipe and recommendation- I can’t wait to try it out!
Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says
Oh my – too fun. I just posted about this a few days ago…it’s my perfect choice for cooking :meals for the multitudes” – large groups. I love freezing the extras as well.
Plus , this is such a great intro to cooking with kids. Training them young is the best, and even the littlest kids can help with pizza dough – and LOVE IT!
mmm… I use crushed tomatoes for a can and add Penzey’s pizza seasoning for the sauce. On top I put: spinach, mozz cheese, artichoke hearts, feta, and veggie pepperoni.
I also really like whole kernel corn on my pizza.
lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes says
How amusing ~ I just blogged this morning about using your pizza crust recipe for hospitality. We divided a triple batch of dough into personal-size pizzas and set out a dozen bowls of toppings. Each guest could pick their own toppings, which means everyone liked their dinner. No awkwardness. 🙂
Some of our topping choices: asparagus tops (we used the stalks for another recipe, later), sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, tiny cauliflower florets, diced tomatoes, and of course some meats and cheeses. It was a smashing success as far as keeping everyone happy with their dinner!
We have homemade pizza every friday night. Truthfully, our toppings depend on what’s in the fridge that day. Pizza night is usually used to get rid of the bits and pieces that we have left in the veggie drawer so I can get more the next week.
You can buy several pounds of pepperoni at Sam’s for around $10; we make pizza about 2-3X/month and the pepperoni lasts us about a year (in deep freezer).
Pam Collier says
I started making homemade pizzas about two months ago and it’s become a weekly event. The kids love it and so do hubby and I! Of course I really love the fact that the crust costs me about 50 cent for 2 pizzas! Crazy good! We’re plain janes on toppings: cheese for the kids, half pepperoni for me, half mushrooms for hubby. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Jenni Stearns says
We love homemade pizza! Usually we do a very different version of pizza, though, with italian dressing brushed on instead of red sauce, we do artichoke hearts (from a can), chicken, sauted onion, green onion and crumbled feta. We also do the half wheat flour/half white flour option, we’re big on whole wheat. We’ve also used crumbled bacon if we’re down to a couple of slices. This is one of our favorite dinners!
I have been using this recipe for our Friday Clarke Family Pizza Party nights for I don’t know how long…perhaps when you posted it way back when?? I do add garlic and onion powder to the dough (I like a little kick!)
Thanks for the great recipe!!!!
I make homemade pizza almost weekly here, but I have to say I just don’t like it as much as a slice from a good, New York pizza place. I have tried so many different recipes, but nothing tastes as good. I know I have pretty high standards for pizza because I was spoiled growing up with a New York family. Anyone have a good, real NY style pizza recipe?
Lori F. says
We have homemade pizza almost every Friday. My 5 year-old calls it “Pizza Day,” not Friday. Sometimes I mix an extra batch of dough and bake the crusts for about 2-3 mins. without any toppings. I then freeze these and they are ready for super quick lunches after topping them and baking for a few minutes. This has saved us from being caught in the drive-thru trap so many times. My KitchenAid does the mixing, as it has for over 20 years. I can’t believe the amount of money that mixer has saved me. I top ours with a locally-made pizza sauce, imported parmesan (I splurge on this but still save $$ by making the pizza myself), mozzarella and provolone and olives for me, mushrooms and bell peppers for hubby. During garden season I use lots of fresh tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella.
I make the same dough, but will sometimes make calzones with it. I mix equal parts ricotta with shredded mozerella and let everyone stuff there own. If you have any frozen dough, try making a breakfast pizza. Stick your flattened dough in the oven. While it is baking lightly scramble some eggs. Take them off the stove before they are fully cooked. Take your dough out of the oven, top with eggs, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese – whatever. Yummy.
We make pizza at home too! Our favorites are somewhat standard, but we also do ‘leftover’ pizzas with that last little bit of cooked chicken, part of an onion and some olives…or a chopped up slice of ham, pineapple and a few slivered pepperonis. One of hubby’s favorites is to knead some ‘Italian herbs’ into the crust, put a little red sauce, mozzarella and cheddar and then lots of thin sliced onion rings. Yum!
When cheese is on sale, I stock up and freeze it for pizza nights, and it works great. We save a lot of money making pizza ourselves. 🙂
We also make our own pizza every Friday. I do agree that it is MUCH better than any takeout or frozen brand pizza. We make our dough with a bread maker, which recently died:( So, I will try the recipe above…looks good! Here is a link to pizza our style:
Mary in Ohio says
I make homemade pizza all the time but dh insists that I make the dough the day before and let it proof in the fridge so he can make the pizzas with it the next evening. He used to make pizzas for a living (he managed a local pizza place for a few years when we first got married 20 yrs ago) so he does it his way 🙂 and they are delicious!
Some of our favorite toppings are pepperoni, ham, grnd meat, chicken, veggies of all sorts, taco stuff (for taco pizza!), banana peppers, (ds loves anchovies!), pineapple and assorted cheeses. Depends on what I have on hand as to what we use on them. One that is really good with fresh tomatoes is simply olive oil, garlic, fresh sliced tomatoes, basil and fresh mozarella chesse (or fresh goat cheese!) YUMMY!
My favorite homemade pizza toppings are feta cheese, diced tomatoes, and artichokes. I think I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! Thanks for all the great ideas!
I *love* your pizza dough, I’ve been using it for several months now! I usually make a double batch and make two at one time.
I also use 2 cups white and 1/2 cup wheat in the recipe. A little bit more whole grain, and it gives the dough a nice texture.
I’ve also used your recipe to make homemade hot pockets. Yum!
Its funny, I have always talked about making our own pizza doe, but never took the time to look it up. Its like I have an amazing to do or to find out list and this just managed to never rise to the top of my list. I guess I never found time to google it out. Thanks so much for sharing because know I know 🙂 We are big BBQ Chicken pizza eaters in our house! So this is perfect!
We love to make pizza at our house! I second the “Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day” Post. That is the recipe I use! It requires no kneading and I make it a day or two ahead of time. The other thing I do, is keep shredded mozzarella on hand in the freezer. It makes the work so much less. I also LOVE my pizza stone. I crank the oven up as high as it can go and put the pizza right on the stone. It tastes better than going out most of the time.
We have homemade pizza every-other Sat. I use a similar dough recipe, except there’s more flour:yeast ratio. We always make a pepperoni and red onion pizza for 13yo son and then a larger pizza for the rest of us (2 adults, 15yo son). The 2nd pizza usually includes homemade sausage (Penzey’s seasoning and ground pork), green peppers, onions, black olives and mushrooms. This past week we made a ham, green pepper, red onion and pineapple pizza. Yum. We use a blend of provolone and mozarella cheese and generous sprinklings of a romano/parmesan blend.
We love having carmelized onions on our homemade pizza. Its a cheap and “gourmet” topping : )
Hello.. I am a college student and love the idea of making pizza from scratch.. but one question: where do you get active dry yeast? Is that something you find in the grocery store?
Money Saving Mom here: If you do a lot of baking from scratch, the best place to get yeast is in one-pound or two-pound bags from Costco or Sams. It’s incredibly less expensive than buying it in packages or jars from the store. However, if you just want to try out making pizza from scratch once or twice before buying a big bag of yeast, you can get it in the baking section at most grocery stores.
By the way, if you don’t have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club and you’re wanting to purchase yeast in bulk, ask someone who does have a membership to get some for you, if you can. This is one of the few items that I really cannot beat the prices of bulk stores by using coupons and sales; the mark-up on yeast at grocery stores is just incredible!
I keep our bulk yeast in the freezer and it is good for at least a year this way.
I am not the best in the kitchen, so I have a question…do you knead the dough for five minutes, and that’s all the rising it needs? Or do you knead the dough, and let it sit five minutes? Thanks for clarifying!
Money Saving Mom here: This dough does not need to have any rising time other than the kneading time. However, you don’t have to bake it immediately. Sometimes I’ll make up the pizza and then refrigerate it for a few hours before baking it. It’s a very versatile crust recipe that seems almost impossible to ruin!
I love your recipe, Crystal! I originally got it off your other blog awhile back. It’s soo quick and tastes so yummy. My husband and I like seasonings in the crust, so I add 1tsp of oregano, basil, rosemary, and garlic powder before I add the flour. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe!
I am making pizza tonight! My dough just finished in the bread machine. Do you use whole wheat flour at all? I use 2 C wheat, 1 C white. The best thing about pizza is you can use the little bits of things left in the fridge. Anything goes! My husband likes chicken with ranch dressing for the sauce. I like to thinly slice avacado for a topping as well.
Money Saving Mom here: You can use whole-wheat flour or half and half. I think it’s better with some white flour in it, though.
…from last post on white cheese pizza. I forgot to say after all the cheese is on, you bake it at 400 for 10-15 minutes!
I make white cheese pizza. You mix some ricotta cheese with some shredded mozarella and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. It will be a little thick but spreadable. I pre bake a traditional pizza crust for 5-7 minutes, then spread the cheese mixture on the crust. Then I use a whole package of sliced provolone cheese – smoked flavor (usually has 8 slices) and lay them on top of the pizza. Finally, I sprinkle mozarella cheese on top. This is GREAT!
Jennifer Varady says
My favorite toppings are 1/2-3/4 cup pesto , a cup shredded chicken and Mozz cheese! Yummy!
We love homemade pizza around here! I use basically the same recipe- I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I divide the dough up into smaller portions and let my kids (5, 3, and 2) make their own pizzas. It’s a fun way to let them “cook.”
I love making homemade pizza!! It is a family favorite! My husband get chicken tossed in BBQ sauce with colby-jack cheese and the kids and I get regular pepperoni with mozzarella!! Mmm… I will have to make that next week now!!
We love homemade pizza here! That’s what we just had for dinner. My favorite “gourmet” toppings are sun dried tomatoes, sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms and fresh baby spinach (sauteed at the end of cooking the onions, etc.) Or we do a BBQ pizza with chopped scallions and sun dried tomatoes. I’m sure chicken would be good on those too, but we’re vegetarian so we just do veggie toppings;-) And of course we eat it with just cheese and sauce sometimes too.
We like cheeseburger pizza — ketchup & mustard “sauce”, browned & crumbled ground beef, onions, pickles, and cheese.
We use an almost identical dough recipe, but let the dough hook on the KitchenAid knead it!
I recently started making pizza from scratch. Before, I used a pizza crust mix. I use the following recipe, although I found that two batches will make three pizzas (otherwise you end up with an extremely thick pizza):
I discovered the book “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” and just realized that the master recipe can be used to make pizza. I’m so excited to try it, because if we like it, making pizza will be even easier than before. If you haven’t checked out this book, I HIGHLY recommend it.
Yes, we do homemade pizza at our home. I make both “red sauce” type just using leftover spaghetti sauce, and a creamy sauce type of pizza that isn’t baked. On the “red sauce” pizza I use olives, mushrooms, peppers, and occasionally some artichoke hearts with a cheese sauce. On the creamy pizza, I do olives, shredded carrots, tiny pieces of broccoli, peppers, tomatoes (everything fresh) and grated cheese. Oh, there is one other type of pizza that I do. I put olive oil, lots of garlic, and herbs on a crust and put sliced tomatoes on it with artichoke heart bits. No cheese. This is pretty close to a type of authentic Italian pizza (been there, eaten that!)