Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

I’m really, really, really (like, really) excited for this week.

We’re talking pizza. Homemade pizza. Perfect homemade pizza. Since we make homemade pizza every single week, I’ve known for a while it was high time to update my old homemade pizza posts. The time is now! Lucky you, happy me (happy because I have a crazy obsession of love for crossing things off my list). Here’s the rundown – each day this week, I’m going to share with you every step and recipe you need to totally kill it in the kitchen with amazing homemade pizza. Plus, on Thursday? Oh yeah, you don’t want to miss it. It’s going to be the coolest giveaway in the world.

The first step to perfect pizza is the dough! So today, I’m giving you my favorite (like, I’ve been using it for 10 years) recipe for pizza dough when I haven’t planned ahead. It comes together in just minutes, doesn’t need a long rising time and makes fabulous pizza.

See? Fabulous.
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

This quick and easy pizza dough is fantastic with part whole wheat flour or all white flour; it’s up to you. And it doubles, triples and even quadruples beautifully (see the notes in the recipe) and rolls out like a dream. Basically, it’s perfect.

If you are wondering how this is different than the fast and easy recipe I posted way back when, I’ve changed just a few minor things and updated the recipe with whole wheat flour info and details on making larger batches. A few simple variations to make it even more foolproof.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my favorite 100% whole wheat overnight pizza dough (equally delicious, it just requires a bit of planning ahead) and later this week plan on lots of step-by-step pictures and tutorials for several ways to get that pizza rolled out and baked to glorious perfection.

Bring on Pizza Week, Baby!

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

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Quick and Easy Foolproof Pizza Dough

Yield: Makes 1 pretty large pizza or 2 medium pizzas (all depends on how thick or thin you roll your crust)

Quick and Easy Foolproof Pizza Dough

I almost always use 1/2 or up to 3/4 whole wheat flour with good results - I let it knead for a few minutes longer. Also, this recipe doubles, triples and quadruples really well. If doubling, use double the amount for all the ingredients. For triple and quadruple batches, increase all the ingredients accordingly except the yeast - only use 2 tablespoons yeast for a tripled batch and 2 1/2 tablespoons yeast for a quadrupled batch. Keep an eye on the flour if increasing the recipe. You want a soft, smooth dough - not too sticky and definitely not overfloured.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 cups flour (see note)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix the water, honey, oil, yeast and salt. Add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The exact flour amount will vary so go by the touch and feel of the dough versus the exact cup measurements in the recipe. The dough should be soft and smooth (not leaving a residue on your fingers but not super stiff, either).
  2. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes (more like 5-6 minutes if kneading by hand or if using whole wheat flour).
  3. Let the dough rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into pizza(s), spread with sauce and toppings, and bake at 475 or 500 degrees on a preheated pizza stone or on a lightly greased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes (for an in-depth look at baking methods, here is a great tutorial).
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/quick-and-easy-pizza-dough/
Recipe Source: slightly adapted and updated from a recipe I posted several years ago

72 Responses to Perfect Homemade Pizza: Quick and Easy Foolproof Pizza Dough

  1. Cyndi B says:

    I think I love you! I was literally walking to the kitchen to see if I had yeast. Then I thought, let me see if Mel has a good pizza dough recipe. Your site always has exactly what I need. Thank you!

  2. Mmm, that pepperoni pizza looks awesome! Now I’m excited for your blog posts this week too. :)

  3. Deb says:

    How can this be frozen for future use?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Deb – it sure can! I’ll be doing a tip on freezing pizza dough later this week, but basically, I grease the inside of a freezer ziploc bag with nonstick cooking spray and put a ball of pizza dough inside, seal the bag and freeze. I take it out the night before using and put it in the fridge and then take it out of the fridge an hour or so before wanting to make pizza the next day (or you can leave it on the counter for 6-8 hours until it has thawed completely).

  4. Jan says:

    Anxiously awaiting all the Pizza recipes . I have been on a search for the perfect pizza dough recipe for years . Trying everything from beer in the dough to Jim Lahey’s 18 hr no knead. Still searching . I am beginning to think I am doing it wrong. But I never give up . I have learned so much from you over the past 2 months (heard about you at The Kitchn) and continue to tell my family about your site . You are my Go To Site for any recipe . Thanks so much .

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Jan! I’ll be posting an overnight pizza dough tomorrow that might be the trick for you on your search. Hope so!

  5. Joan in VA says:

    Nice article. But, it managed to confuse the blazes out of me. The subject on my email was Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches. I opened the email, and found an entirely different article. And then I remembered you did the sandwiches a different day.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Joan – I agree – I was confused too! Seems as though the email accidentally tagged the wrong subject line. Sorry about that!

  6. Ashlee T says:

    We love pizza!! We make it once a week! Love love love your dough that has a bit of garlic in it. Whenever my hubby starts making grunting sounds while he’s eating (with “ash this is awesome” attached) I know I’ve scored again with another MKC recipe. When someone asks “where did you get this recipe?” I say Mels kitchen of course! I have to agree with what’s been said. You are my go to for recipes. Thanks!!!

  7. sarita says:

    I’ve been making your pizza every Friday night for years! My family loves it and if it’s possible for it to get any better, bring it on!

    Thanks, Mel!

  8. YUM! Love pizza so definitely want to try this out as the recipe doesn’t look too hard! Once I get the hang of it I want to try out sourdough pizza!
    http://addalittle.wordpress.com

  9. Cammee says:

    Your pizza is the absolute best!

  10. Jen T says:

    So excited for this week! We make homemade pizza about once a week too. Thanks Mel!

  11. Mary Karlee says:

    Will you have a day dedicated to topping ideas? I get in a rut sometimes…

  12. Bethany says:

    I have a pizza recipe I love but we will definitely be trying this. Interested to see what it is like with honey as the sweetener and not sugar like mine. Do you plan to talk about grilled pizza?! It’s a life changing experience and I’d love to hear your take on it!

  13. Auntiepatch says:

    I have a house guest who is GF. Do you have a GF dough recipe? Thanks -

  14. Heather says:

    Wow, this is great. My husband has been buying store bought pizza crust at WF and they are just not that great to me. I think I may need to try this right away. When my husband asks where I got a recipe from I always say my friend Mel:) He knows right away what I am talking about. I have loved your site for years and so thankful for all the helpful tips you have. You are so good about responding. Do not know how you do it with all you have going on and the little ones around you. Looking forward to pizza week!!! Wish my 7 year old liked pizza more. She will only eat her pizza with sauce on it. Maybe if I get her to help though she would like it better.

    • Mel says:

      Thank you Heather – you are so sweet! I wish I could respond more to comments (I’m good about responding to questions but I would love to say thank you to everyone that tries a recipe – I just run out of time!). Hope you love the pizza if you try it!

  15. Lindsay says:

    Was making your slow rise pizza dough and pizza sauce recipe every Friday night for the past few months until I got sick and pregnant. My family and friends all LOVE it! Not a lot of cooking going on here right now, but I will put this week’s posts in my back pocket for healthier days!

  16. Sheila says:

    So pumped! Love this week already. And this is going on the menu this week. The weekly menus are so helpful even though weekly posted recipes require they be adjusted :-) and you are simply the best! Thank you for the excellent way you do your work!

  17. AnnieK says:

    Oh Mel, you had me at last minute pizza dough :)
    Thank you again and again!

  18. AnnieK says:

    Ok…so I interpret “didn’t plan ahead” as last minute :)

  19. Allison H says:

    Mel – THIS recipe is the my go-to pizza recipe of yours I’ve been using for a few years now. For me – it works great because for some reason I never “plan ahead” for the overnight recipe. (Maybe one day I’ll try!) I am SUPER excited for this week of recipes/tips!

  20. Katie says:

    I love your quick and easy pizza dough. It’s been my “go to” for probably over a year now. I was curious as to why you omitted the garlic salt. I loved the little added flavor. Was it just personal preference?

  21. Dave says:

    What kind of white flour? All purpose or bread flour.

  22. Kim in MD says:

    Yeah for pizza week! I’m so excited! This pizza crust looks perfect, Mel. I’m really looking forward to your posts about the perfect pizza!

  23. Amy says:

    Holy cow, Mel! Have I ever said (about a million times???) that you are AWESOME!!! Thanks a ton! I can’t wait to try it!

  24. Michelle says:

    I’ve been making this recipe for years now ever since I saw you’re original post! Thank you! Thank you! It’s the best and I’m excited for the rest of pizza week:-)

  25. stephanie says:

    I love love the original version of this crust. I totally will have to compare the two. I usually make it into a bbq chicken pizza and bread sticks and my family totally melts in excitement.
    Thanks for the stellar recipes and feel free to share a recipe for your version of BBQ chicken. The one I use is delish but everything I have made from you has been outstanding. I am very excited about your killer giveaway as well! Have a fun week Mel!

  26. Wow such a helpful post!thanks!

  27. Terra Laurie says:

    I made this the on Monday night and it was great. I have to say I feel like this is my first successful pizza dough I have made. I’m not organized enough (well, usually) to do the night before thing so this is perfect for me. When my husband heard I was making homemade pizza at 4:30 he just looked at me and said “Oh”. I knew he wasn’t very excited because he knows that it usually doesn’t turn out so great and starting at 4:30 would mean eating at 8. Not what a hungry guy looks forward to. But this was a success and very tasty. The dough was so easy to work with. We have a family of 6 so I doubled the recipe to make 2 doughs and my Kitchenaid handled it just fine. The only thing I noticed is that the dough does rise very quickly. I made one pizza with plain cheese for the kids first and while it was cooking the second dough rose so much that it made a much bigger pizza than would fit on my pizza stone. So for anyone feeding a crowd and wants to double the recipe my suggestion is to plan on making a second pizza bigger because you will have more dough to work with. Or you can let it rise in the bowl covered in your warm kitchen (the other pizza cooking will warm things up in there) for 25 min and you will end up with 2 more doughs so you can make 3 pizzas total. Thanks for the recipe Mel, I’ll be using it again this Friday night!

  28. Laura says:

    Help! I’ve made this dough two or three times and every time I’ve had raw dough on the inside with a nice burnt crust on the bottom! Yuck. What and I doing wrong? I use a cookie sheet upside down in a 475 oven. I cook for 8-10 minutes. I use parchment paper. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Laura – How thick do you think you are rolling your crust? Also, each oven can be quite variable in temperature so your oven may cook hot in which case, I’d recommend cutting the temperature down to 450 and see how it goes. Good luck!

  29. Heather bell says:

    I would be up to trying a new recipe with all your great pizza tips! Bring on the Hawaiian:)

  30. Tamara Francis says:

    I am making pizza tonight, Thank you for sharing.

  31. Michelle says:

    Do you think this would work well in a bread machine, provided all ingredients were added in the proper order? My kitchen is so drafty I can NEVER make yeast recipes without using my bread machine or else nothing rises!

  32. Melissa N says:

    I tried this recipe tonight instead of my usual pizza crust recipe because it only took 10 minutes to rise. It is now my new pizza crust recipe. My family loved it!!!

  33. Laura says:

    Mel, I tried it again. I split the dough in two and made the crust thinner. It worked perfectly. I guess my crust was just too thick! I use a bread machine to make my dough and it works great.

  34. Lori says:

    Thank you for posting weeks pizza posts! I made the pizza dough tonight ( first time ever using yeast!!). It was great! A bit thick so I will try a few more times. Than I used your tips for the pizza stone! Excellent help! You rock, Mel!!!

  35. Cathy says:

    Hi Mel,

    I love your quick pizza dough!
    I made it tonight & used it for breadsticks which I brushed with some garlic salt butter. So yum!
    One question: can the dough recipe be doubled, tripled, quadrupled and so on?
    LOVE your website & think you are so gifted with food & an awesome mom!

    Lots of aloha from Hawaii,
    Cathy

  36. amanda says:

    So, I read the note above the recipe about the 1/2 to 2/3 cup of whole wheat flour – then, I got confused after reading the whole recipe. If you are using whole wheat flour, do you use 1/2 -2/3 cup instead of 2-3 cups? I never realized there was such a difference in the amounts of flour with all purpose vs. whole wheat…

    • Mel says:

      amanda – The recipe note is talking about proportions of whole wheat flour not cups. So the 1/2 to 2/3 in the note means you can use 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 white flour. The cup amount in the recipe should still be 2-3 cups. I hope that makes sense!

  37. Ruth says:

    Made pizza tonight using your fabulous recipes for the crust and sauce. The pizza turned out so well. All your tips really helped! My tummy is really smiling. Thank you, Mel for all you do!

  38. Melissa says:

    So tonight I’m making this for the third time since you posted the recipe. Not sure if that’s good or bad but we LOVE it!! :) Tonight I upped the whole wheat flour to a full cup – hope I don’t regret it!

  39. Viktoriya says:

    This pizza is amazing! It is soft and fluffy and your homemade sauce is delicious!:) thanks for another life changing recipe!:)) your website is now bookmarked as my main go to in the kitchen:))

  40. Peter says:

    Hi there people!

    Just a quick tip for anyone making the quick pizza dough… I always use whole wheat flower, and i knead the dough with a mixer, until it becomes airy and lets loose on the sides of the bowl.

    I then cover it and let it rest/rise for about +/- 40 minutes……. lightly flower (as much as needed) inside the bowl until it becomes workable, remove it from the bowl knead it some more, and make your pizza base ready for use.

    NOTE!!! The dough is light and fluffy, so put some flowered parchment (baking) paper underneath before topping it, so you can transfer it to the oven safely! I just pull the paper after 5 minutes in the oven…. Those with a pizza paddle have their own methods i guess….

    I have an electric oven and i bake it, in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes, i just cover the baking sheet with some aluminum, …….. The result is just fantastic!!!

    Thanks again for all your great recipes!

    God bless!

  41. Lisa S says:

    I made this today and the dough came together really quickly. I was so happy because I was pressed for time. The yeast I had on hand was a jar of bread machine yeast….and I mixed it with a spoon and my hands. I will be making pizza more often now.

  42. Allie says:

    Can this be made with active dry yeast instead of instant?

    • Mel says:

      Allie – it can be made with active dry – just proof the yeast in the warm water/honey and let it bubble and foam before adding the rest of the ingredients.

  43. Rebekah says:

    Hi Mel-
    I just made pizza crust in my Kitchen Aid and with all this bread making you have gotten me into :) I am noticing that my Kitchen Aid is not quite strong enough. It sometimes overheats. I was wondering what kind of Bosch you have since I don’t know anyone around me who has one! Thanks for all of your crust baking tips. It makes for a great pizza in your home oven!

  44. Brenna says:

    Hi Mel, do you think I could make the dough in the morning, then put it in the refrigerator and take it out a little while before I bake it?

  45. I’m going to have to try this. It looks great! Thanks!

  46. Deb says:

    I’ve been making homemade pizza for years. I have used this crust recipe a handful of times now on the grill and it works great! Love the flavor and it gets nice and crisp. And SO easy!. Thanks Mel!

  47. Pam says:

    I could kick myself for messing up a “foolproof” recipe! After 10 minutes in the oven, the outside was beautiful, but there was still raw dough in the center. I baked it on a cookie sheet, but didn’t preheat it first, because I didn’t read the tutorial until after. Is the 8-10 minute time estimate with a preheated cookie sheet? I think that’s where I may have gone wrong…

    • Mel says:

      Pam – It definitely helps to preheat the cookie sheet (or baking stone) – I think that could help fix the raw dough in the center. Was it rolled pretty thick? If so, you also may need to add a few minutes to the baking time. I roll mine fairly thin.

  48. Amanda says:

    I have made this dough many times and it is always fabulous. My kids love homemade pizza better than any pizza shop. Tonight I topped it with your Alfredo sauce and some left over rotisserie chicken and mozzarella. OH. MY. WORD. Deliciousness! Thanks for being my go-to every night of the week!

  49. Julie says:

    I’ve never made my own pizza dough before thinking it would be so difficult (what if I can’t get the texture right, what if I over-work the dough). This was awesome! I went slow adding the flour and eventually got the texture just right. It came out fabulous on the grill. We made a pepperoni pizza and a buffalo chicken pizza and they were a big hit – with both my 18-month-old son and 18-year-old step-son. I love being able to please everyone with a single meal!

  50. IG says:

    Mel, I love this recipe and have made it lots. This weekend I divided the dough into a mini muffin pan, baked for 15 minutes and when they came out I brushed with melted butter, sprinkled with garlic salt and parsley. Little yummy garlic nuggets! Thanks so much for the recipe (all of your recipes)!

  51. Haley says:

    GREAT RECIPE! Proofed the yeast out of habit, and baked on parchment on a preheated pizza stone at 450- wasn’t sure how our old oven would do with 500. Topped with a little tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and pepperoni- soooo good! I did get a little bit of a greasy bottom on my pizza- no doubt bc of the parchment paper, but do you have any suggestions to prevent the greasiness? I hate cornmeal, but I guess if that’s the only option, I’ll live with it. Thanks for the awesome and fast recipe!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Haley – did you remove the pizza from the parchment paper immediately after baking? I’ve never had the greasy issue you’ve described and I use parchment almost every time. I wonder if it might be moisture from when the hot pizza sits after coming out of the oven?

  52. Helen says:

    I will be hosting a birthday party and there will be 10 thirteen year old girls making their own individual pizzas. Do you think that I need to double or triple the original recipe? How many people does your original recipe generally feed?
    Also, I am planning to use Red Star Active Dry Yeast, because I happen to have a lot of it (I buy it a 2-pound package at Costco). Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Helen – sounds like a fun party! If using the active dry yeast (you probably already know this), just make sure to proof it in a bit of water until it is bubbly before using in the recipe. I tripled this batch a few weekends ago and it easily fed 10 of us. I don’t think a double batch would be enough but I think a triple batch would be great (as long as each girl isn’t making a mammoth sized pizza). :)

  53. Nora says:

    Tried your recipe tonight because I need a quick and easy pizza dough. I used Robin Hood nutriblend flour with omega 3 and fibre for healthier pizza with great success! I topped with hand grated mozzarella, tomato sauce, thawed cooked spinach, sautéed red bell peppers, zucchini and caramelized onion – pizza is soooooo good!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  54. Beck says:

    I am awful with any recipe with yeast. I was really nervous trying this, even though it says foolproof. I was so pleased with our pizzas. I will not buy pre-made crust again!!

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