Everyone loves pizza. Everyone. Okay, so, I’m sure there are some weirdos out there that do not like pizza, but I’m just going to pretend they don’t exist. We are most definitely a pizza eating family. Every single Friday is pizza night in our house. In addition, I have childhood memories of standing on a step stool in our kitchen whipping up homemade pizza with my family, and I wanted to pass that tradition on to my kids. Sometimes we order pizza (my son calls this “bought” pizza LOL) or get a $5 Hot ‘N Ready Little Caesar’s pizza, but MOST of the time, we have homemade pizza. Completely from scratch. It is so good and SO easy. Plus, it’s not going to make you feel like a bloatation device the next day #sodiumproblems. In addition, homemade pizza is incredibly versatile, and you don’t have to pay 50 cents (or more) for each extra topping. I know that pizza dough can be intimidating, but I have a foolproof recipe that just about anyone can master. Want me to keep going?
I have tried so many dough recipes over the years, but none of them really had that wow factor. So, I used my favorite recipes for inspiration and created this foolproof homemade pizza dough. Oh, and the sauce, let’s just say it is pretty close to heavenly.
In my experience, yeast dough can be finicky. It’s a little bit like a toddler. Sometimes there just isn’t any rhyme or reason why they act they way do. Heck, sometimes even the weather can affect the outcome. Typically, you can just add a little more water or little more flour depending on what is needed. My advice, follow the recipe exactly, and then if needed, you can adjust the water or flour. For this pizza dough recipe, all you need is flour, yeast, salt, and olive oil.
First, mix the yeast with WARM water (NOT hot, it will kill the yeast). While that is doing its thing, place the flour, salt, and oil in your stand mixer. You can probably do this by hand also, but I have never tried. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you probably need to get one. They ARE NOT cheap, but definitely worth it. I got mine as a wedding present, but y’all, they have a TURQUOISE one that I wish was available a thousand years ago when I got married (insert sobbing face emoji). Anyways. Moving on.
Mix these ingredients together as well as you can. It won’t do much, and that is okay. Once the yeast is activated (it will be bubbly and foamy), you will pour it in the mixer. You want the yeast mixture to look like this:
This is the hard part. JK. You literally set the mixer to a low/medium speed and watch it all come together. It should form a ball that is NOT sticky. If it is still crumbly after a couple minutes, you will need to add some more water. A tiny bit at a time, 1/8 teaspoon to be safe. Add the water in gradually until you have a smooth ball. If it is sticky, add in a little flour and knead until it is no longer sticky. Once you have the dough ready, completely cover the top with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm area (I just put it on my stove top). Let it rise for at least two hours. It should triple in size.
This recipe makes enough dough for two pizzas. After the dough has risen, cut it in half. Normally, we do a pizza and garlic bread sticks. Obviously, you can make two pizzas if you want. OR, you can even freeze one half to use at a later date. Another option would be to cut the recipe in half so it only makes enough dough for one pizza.
Watch my step by step process here:
To Freeze: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap so it is completely covered. When you are ready to use it, pull it out and let it defrost on the counter: remove the plastic wrap, place in a bowl, and let it come to room temperature.
Obviously, you can use any sauce that your heart desires, but I highly encourage you to make this one. It is insanely flavorful and super easy to whip up. All you need is a can of tomato sauce, a can of tomato paste, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and olive oil.
First, heat the olive oil in a saucepan until hot. Add the seasonings and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste, mix well. Simmer for at least 20 minutes. This lets the flavors meld together and makes your house smell DELISH. This recipe makes 2 cups. I usually use 1/4 cup per pizza and freeze the rest. Then, next time you make pizza, all you have to do is grab and defrost! So stinking easy.
On top of that, if you are freezing half the dough, now you don’t even have to make anything next time you want pizza. Go ahead and add that to your meal plan for next week. One dinner down.
Okay, now that you have your dough and sauce, it’s time to put it all together.
First, spray or rub a pizza pan with oil (not too much though because then your dough will be sliding all over the place). Take the dough and spread it into the pan. This takes a little bit of work, but it will eventually spread to the edges. Add the sauce, as much or as little as you want. Then add toppings! The world is your oyster here. Have fun with it. Typically, we stick to pizza blend cheese (Trader Joe’s Quattro Formaggio is my favorite!) and pepperonis (boring, but ya know…kids). However, some of my favorite toppings include:
- marinated artichokes
- black olives
- Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch ( Can y’all tell I LOOOOVE TJ’s!)
- red onions
- I could literally go on and on and on.
For Bread Sticks: I melt butter, pour it on, add garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Simple, but delicious. We even use the extra butter as a dipper.
Bake at 500° for 10 minutes. Done. Add a side salad or not and ENJOY!
This foolproof homemade pizza recipe is easy for anyone to master.
- Pizza Dough
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast * or 1 packet
- Pizza Sauce
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 500.
2. Mix yeast with warm water. Let it sit until it is bubbly and foamy. 3-5 minutes.
3. Mix flour, salt, and oil together in a mixer.
4. Add yeast mixture to the mixer. Mix on low/medium speed until the dough forms. It should be a smooth ball. (See post for tips)
5. Place a towel or plastic wrap over the bowl completely covering the dough. Let it rise for 2 hours.
6. Cut dough in half. Spread one half of the dough on a greased pizza pan. Do the same with the other half or freeze it.
7. Top with your favorite toppings.
8. Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
2. Add the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
3. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste . Mix well.
4. Simmer for at least 20 minutes.
5. Top pizza with sauce. Freeze any leftovers or use as a dipper!
I know pizza dough seems intimidating and time consuming, but I promise it’s not. Especially once you get the hang of it. And as always, I am here to answer any questions or help in any way. I promise you will love this easy homemade pizza recipe! It is a winner in our house.
Comment below with your favorite pizza toppings. I love hearing how people like their pizza.