Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: Dough for one large pizza 1x
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Italian


Learn how to make your own pizza dough.  This is a simple but versatile recipe that you’ll find yourself using for all kinds of things, from garlic knots to focaccia to, well, PIZZA!


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 (¼ oz.) package of active dry yeast (2 and ¼ tsp. active dry yeast)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt


  1. Measure the water into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it 20 seconds at a time until warm but not hot, about 110°F.
  2. Stir in the yeast, honey, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let sit until it gets foamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add half of the flour and all of the salt and stir until smooth, using floured hands if that makes it easier.
  4. Add more flour ¼ cup at time, kneading the dough between additions. Add just enough flour so that the dough holds together well and is only a little bit sticky. You may not need all of the flour.
  5. Lightly flour the counter and transfer the dough there. Knead the dough until it’s smooth (it will still be sticky), 3-5 minutes.
  6. Measure 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large clean mixing bowl. Add the dough and rub it around in the oil. Flip the dough over so that the oiled side is up. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft-free spot until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Punch dough down and then use as recipe directs.
  8. For pizza, bake until edge is lightly browned and middle of dough is cooked through. For a medium-thickness crust with a medium amount of toppings, that will be about 20 minutes at 400°F.