This Easy Pizza Dough Recipe Is the Base for Super-Flavorful Slices

On busy weeknights, sometimes it feels pretty dang easy to pop a frozen pizza in the oven. But the next time you're craving a slice, try DIYing your dough. Fabio Viviani, chef and host of our series Pizza Revolution , knows the secret to mixing up a batch that's way more flavorful than frozen.

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Pizza Dough

What You Need

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet yeast (¼ ounce or approximately 2¼ teaspoons)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for brushing


1. Whisk the flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well and add the warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir to combine.

2. When foamy, mix in the olive oil and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.

3. Transfer dough to a floured baking sheet, dust lightly with flour and cover with a damp cloth to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1½ -2 hours.

4. Punch down the dough and divide into portions (many small portions for individual pizzas, or two large portions for large pizzas).

5. Roll each portion into a ball, place back on the floured sheet and allow to rise again until almost doubled (about an hour).

6. Preheat the oven to 550 F. If your oven doesn't reach 550 F, turn it to the highest possible temperature.

7. Shape and flatten the dough, top as desired and bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes.

Learn More Now

Make pizza night even more fun by leaving the toppings up to chance! See how in our series, Pizza Revolution .

Lily, 13, loves to sing, dance and play the ukulele. She and her family regularly make mini pizzas together, but that's not gonna be much help as she spins the wheel; it's loaded with crazy toppings like sardines, pickles, snails and macaroni!

August 31, 2018
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