This easy pizza dough recipe comes together in minutes and lets you get dinner on the table in about the same time ordering and picking up a pizza takes! All the tips and how to freeze some for later in this quick homemade pizza dough recipe.
Something amazing happens when your baby turns into a very hungry toddler: pizza is something always requested and always a hit for dinner. We’ve loved having family movie and pizza nights as our baby becomes a little boy who can sit through movies. Although we’ve been known to order out, there’s nothing like whipping up mom’s quick homemade pizza dough recipe and getting creative with family pizza night.
Quick Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
This recipe takes about an hour to make and let rise, bakes like a charm, and will yield about three thin-crust pizzas, or two regular pizzas with a bit left over for some crazy bread. Every time I make it I’m ashamed I thought it would be faster to do takeout. By the time we order, wait 20 minutes, and drive there and back, we’re at about the same time it takes to pull together this quick homemade pizza dough recipe.
How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 TBSP. yeast
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup oil
- 4 cups flour
Pizza Dough Instructions
- Dissolve yeast in 1 3/4 c. warm water, add sugar, salt, oil and enough flour to make the homemade pizza dough soft but not sticky. If it is sticky, add in your all-purpose flour one or two tablespoons at a time and check the texture after each addition. You can mix in a large bowl and stir and knead by hand, but if you have a standing mixer, that makes the job even easier! A few minutes of extra kneading with a dough hook makes for very solid pizza dough.
- Let the dough rise for at least 1 hour. If you're looking to make the pizza dough quickly try adding a towel or some plastic wrap to the top of your mixing bowl and set in the sun. It will help it rise quickly and get you making your delicious homemade pizza even faster!
- Roll out the easy pizza dough on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin. Transfer to an oiled (use olive oil) or nonstick spray-coated baking sheet or pizza pan. Add your toppings as desired. Start with your favorite pizza sauce, and spread on dough with a wooden spoon. Next, sprinkle with cheese, and top with your favorite toppings.
- Bake on the pizza pan at 350 for 15-20 minutes. For an added boost try using a pizza stone in your oven. OR you can also do grilled pizza. You'll change it up by rolling out to 1/2" personal pizza size portions and cook on the grill for about 3 minutes on medium-high, turn, add toppings and cook for 3 additional minutes. Pizza stones for the grill on top of parchment paper is also a delicious cooking option!
Both are delicious and add different flavors to pizza night.
Serving Size:1 Slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
This is for the dough only. Please take toppings into consideration when calculating calories
Homemade Pizza Dough Topping Ideas:
We love the classic mozzarella cheese and pepperoni as much as anyone, but we’ve found we have a lot more fun and variety with some of the following:
- White sauce, pesto sauce, garlic sauce, ranch, or bbq sauce
- Sweet toppings like fig butter (we love Trader Joe’s), pears, honey drizzle, etc.
- Meat mix-ups like prosciutto, ham, sausage, cut up meatballs, or bacon
- Fresh herbs and veggies of any variety. Basil leaves are always a win, but we’ve tried a lot of creative options and loved them all. Try olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, or even sauteed zucchini for some extra veggies.
- Saute red bell peppers, add ricotta cheese, and slice meatballs for the protein. We actually learned this from Italians at a pizza counter in Italy, and we’ve loved this combo ever since!
And one more of our favorite quick homemade pizza dough tips…
Can You Freeze Homemade Pizza Dough?
With the recipe, you absolutely can, and it’s one of our favorite hacks! With our little family, one recipe makes enough to freeze another pizza for another night. But sometimes when we’re feeling ambitious we freeze homemade pizza dough in larger batches.
To use again just take it out of the freezer a few hours before you plan to use the dough. It defrosts quickly, and it will start to rise again once it does. If you need to slow it down, put it in the refrigerator. You can also take it from the freezer and move it to the fridge the morning before you’re ready to use it. It will thaw while you’re at work, and be ready to use by evening.
Once it’s defrosted you can roll out the dough and make it as directed above. It’s the easiest homemade pizza hack to save us even more time!
Like this easy one dinner now, one dinner later idea? You may love some of these other easy freezer meal recipes:
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