Forget take-out, make your own Pizza Dough instead with this easy, 5-ingredient recipe below!
Pizza happens to be one of my favorite meals and I could eat it several times a week. In fact, when I have dough stocked in the freezer, we often do!
The thing I love most about making pizza myself is that it can be customized in a million and one different ways, which is great when not everyone has the same tastes. Sometimes my husband and I split the pizza in half and we each top our half how we want it. I usually go for lots of veggies and minimal cheese and he loads his up with meat and cheese 🙂
You could even have a make-your-own pizza bar and have everyone top their pizza however they’d like! Wouldn’t that be fun?
Our usual standby when we don’t have fancy ingredients in the house is mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and mild banana peppers, topped with a couple splashes of Franks Red Hot Sauce (love!). If I’ve planned ahead, I love to add some chopped spinach to up the healthiness factor just a bit! Kevin doesn’t even mind that I add spinach as long as we have some pepperoni for him.
The other great thing about making pizza yourself is that it’s so cheap! This dough literally costs pennies to make and even when you add toppings, it’s probably still cheaper than ordering it or going to your favorite pizzeria.
I hope you and your family enjoy making this for your next Friday night pizza night or whenever the pizza craving hits!
- 1 (1.25 oz) packet active dry yeast
- 1½ cups water (warmed to 110 degrees)
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. I heat my water in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get to 110 degrees. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the flour and salt to the bowl of a standing mixer with the dough hook attachment.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix on medium speed. After a few seconds, add the olive oil and continue mixing until the dough starts to come together in a ball. If it's really sticky, add a little additional flour (up to ¼ - ½ cup) until it's no longer really sticky and can be handled. A little sticky is ok as you can add flour later when we roll it out.
- Put the dough into a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for an hour or two, or until puffy and about doubled in size - about 1-2 hours
- At this point you can either bake it, freeze it or cook one and freeze the other as this recipe makes enough for two pizza crusts.*
- If baking right away, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a pizza pan (we sometimes use a square jelly roll pan too) with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal, if desired.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to fit your pizza pan.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. If you happen to get any air bubbles while baking, you can just pop them with a fork or steak knife and they should deflate.
- Remove dough from oven and add toppings. Bake for another 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted. One note - while I love toppings, if you put on too much sauce or toppings your pizza will get soggy.
- Remove from oven, cool about 5 minutes and serve.
*Recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman