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Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 8 servings

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This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough requires just 5 minutes of prep! Top with your favorite toppings, bake and you can have homemade pizza in 30 minutes!

easy pizza dough with sauce on non stick pizza pan on marble background
Table of Contents
  1. How to make pizza dough:
  2. How to make whole wheat pizza dough:
  3. How to make thin crust pizza:
  4. How to make thick crust pizza:
  5. How to store pizza dough:
  6. How to freeze parbaked pizza crusts:
  7. Our favorite pizza toppings:
  8. Looking for some dessert ideas? Try a dessert pizza!
  9. Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

You guys.

I am getting so hangry for pizza just writing this post.

There is a super quick, incredibly easy pizza dough recipe that I have been using for the last year or two, and it’s just time to share.

I’ll admit, I have another whole wheat pizza dough recipe on The Recipe Rebel that uses active dry yeast, and requires rising (though I supposed you could bake without), and I just don’t use that one anymore because this recipe is so easy.

I’m telling you, being a mom of 3 kids 6 and under changes you.

It makes you appreciate a homemade pizza you can have on the table in 30 minutes (provided your toppings are mostly prepped).

Because let’s face it — pizza is everyone’s favorite.

It’s mom’s favorite.

Dad’s favorite.

Baby’s favorite (the girl loves any type of bread with cheese — quesadilla, grilled cheese, pizza…).

And our older girls’ favorite.

And when this easy pizza dough recipe takes just 10 minutes to throw together, no rising, no mixer, no nonsense?

There’s really no reason not to make pizza a regular event.

easy pizza dough baked with pepperoni thin crust on marble background

And one of the other best things about this easy pizza dough? It’s a dinnertime hit year round.

Cold outside? Throw a pizza in the oven.

Warm outside? Throw a pizza on the grill (check out my post on grilled pizza here).

Hot outside? Check out my frozen dessert pizzas down below 😉

How to make pizza dough:

  1. Stir together some of the flour, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, salt and sugar.
  2. Add the wet ingredients: warm water and oil, and stir until a wet dough forms
  3. Add in just enough flour until a soft but not sticky dough forms — your dough is done!
  4. Either let it rise (thick crust pizza) or roll it out immediately and bake (thin crust pizza)
easy pizza dough step by step photos on grey marble background

How to make whole wheat pizza dough:

This one is simple, friends:

Swap the all purpose flour for whole wheat flour, or part of the all purpose flour for part whole wheat flour.

You don’t need to change anything else, as you’re adding the flour gradually until it reaches just the right tackiness anyways.

I timed myself making this pizza dough when I was testing it, and I did it in 5 MINUTES. How awesome is that?!?

That being said, if this is your first time making pizza dough, or you have some other distractions, it might be closer to 10.

How to make thin crust pizza:

  • You can make this pizza crust and roll it out immediately, top and bake — this will give you a relatively thin pizza crust. This is the way we normally do it!
  • If you want a super thin crust, you can use a slightly larger pan and roll it out into a slightly larger circle.
easy pizza dough recipe baked thin crust with one slice cut

How to make thick crust pizza:

If you prefer thick crust pizza, you have a couple of options — do one or both for a thicker crust!

  • If you like the bottom thin and crispy (I do!), roll out the pizza dough immediately after preparing it, but roll it out about 1-1.5″ larger in diameter than your pizza pan. Place your circle of dough on your pan. Bring the excess dough around the edges in to the pan and pinch to make a thicker crust just around the edge of the pan. Keep going around the pan until you have a higher border of dough all around. Bake as directed.
  • You can let the dough rise for 1-2 hours (or even more!), then roll it out in a thicker layer to fit your pan. It will become fluffier as it rises and will give a fluffier, thicker crust.
easy pizza dough thick crust with child's hand pulling out one slice

How to store pizza dough:

Can you refrigerate pizza dough?

I love pizza night because I can whip up the dough anytime I have 10 minutes, then either let it rest on the counter (I’ll leave it up to 3-4 hours and it will rise and become nice and fluffy, but this recipe makes incredible pizza without any rise time at all), or stash it in the refrigerator.

The yeast will keep working in the refrigerator, but it will work very slowly, so you won’t see much rise at all.

This is handy if you want to make your pizza dough, say, 4 hours up to 3 days in advance and you don’t want your dough ball to grow into a yeasty monster, spilling out of your bowl and all over your counters 😉

Can you freeze pizza dough?

You can absolutely freeze pizza dough!

Simply wrap in plastic wrap then place in a large freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Let thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator (this will take a few hours), then place in a greased bowl, cover and place in a warm spot to rise.

It may take a little longer to warm thoroughly and to rise, but it is worth the extra time because it will be just as fluffy as it is fresh!

How to freeze parbaked pizza crusts:

I love parbaking some pizza crusts and storing in the freezer for quick meals!

Parbaking just means they are partially cooked, then frozen. So you can top them and bake until golden and save yourself some work down the line!

Simply roll it out onto a pan and bake about half way, usually about 5-6 minutes. It should look slightly dry and puffed, but won’t be golden.

easy pizza dough close up thick crust one slice

Our favorite pizza toppings:

Looking for some dessert ideas? Try a dessert pizza!

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Easy Pizza Dough

4.88 from 8 votes
This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough requires just 10 minutes of work! Top with your favorite toppings, bake and you can have homemade pizza in 30 minutes! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8 servings
Calories 125cal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ – 2 cups all purpose flour 195g (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 package instant or quick yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  • *If baking immediately, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a perforated pizza pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour, yeast, salt, sugar, oregano and garlic. 
  • Add water and oil and stir until combined — it will be a very wet dough.
  • Add just enough of the remaining flour so that a soft but not sticky dough forms. Add the flour gradually and knead briefly until combined so that you can feel when it is ready — it will still be soft (not feel firm or tough) but won’t stick to your hands. To knead, simply press the flour into the dough, fold the dough and press, fold and press.
  • Set covered in a warm, draft-free place to rise or bake immediately for thin crust pizza.
  • To bake: roll dough out to fit a 12-15″ pizza pan. Place dough circle on pan and stretch with your hands to reach the edges. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until desired crispness is reached. Broil for 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese if desired.

Notes

*Because we are using instant yeast instead of active dry yeast, the temperature of the water matters less, because it does not need to be proofed. Warm water still works best (never hot), but instant yeast is not fussy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 125cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 34mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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  1. Lindsay says

    I’ve only got active dry yeast at home. Can it be substituted for instant yeast without proofing? Thanks!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You will want to proof it in some warm water for 10-15 minutes just to be sure it gets frothy, but then it can be added to the rest of the ingredients. Whatever small amount of water you use to proof the yeast just omit from the total water in the recipe.

  2. Kemberlee says

    This is my go to recipe for pizza!
    I have done half and half with spelt as well! Just add a bit more oil, I’m not sure if that’s the answer for spelt but it seems to work.

  3. Rosemarie Menassas says

    Would I love to try this recipe! but i am a celiac and thus cannot eat flour with wheat, rye or barley in it. Do you have a recipe for gluten-free pizza dough?

  4. Stephanie says

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  5. Candace says

    Fantastic recipe! I’ve made it a few times and the whole family loves it! Does this recipe double or triple nicely?

  6. Michele H says

    I haven’t made the recipe yet because I only have Active Dry Yeast, not instant. Other than using WARM water, are there any other adjustments I need to make when using Active Dry Yeast? Is the amount the same?
    Thank you!

  7. Sara Toye says

    Sounds great and can’t wait to make it. I have had a pizza stine for about 20 years but have rarely used it. Can I use itfor this recipe?
    Thanks!

  8. Cyd says

    I love a good homemade dough recipe, so I can’t wait to give yours a try! So many amazing tips here.

  9. Beth Pierce says

    Whenever possible, my kids and I love to make our own pizza! Gave this a try last night and it was a hit around the entire table!

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