The Only Pizza Dough Recipe You Need (And It's Easy)

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We've all been known to pop a frozen pizza in the oven — hey, dinner time is rough! But the next time you have a few extra minutes (that is, the next time you can make a few extra minutes), we highly recommend DIYing your dough.

It's not as intimidating as you might think. Fabio Viviani (host of our new show, Pizza Revolution ) knows the secret to mixing up the dough in just a few minutes. Then you let it sit (and sit down yourself?) for a few hours, shape it, top it, bake it, and eat it!

Fabio's Finest Tips for DIY Pizza Dough

Perfect pizza dough recipe

What you'll need:

  • 1½ cups (360 ml) warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet yeast (¼ ounce/7 g or approximately 2¼ teaspoons)
  • 4 cups (480 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil, plus more for brushing

Make the dough

  1. Combine the water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix very briefly. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add flour and salt and mix thoroughly until smooth.
  3. Transfer dough to a floured baking sheet, dust lightly with flour and cover with a damp cloth to rise until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Punch down the dough and divide into portions (many small portions for individual pizzas, or just two large portions if you want to make large pizzas). Roll each portion into a ball, place back on the floured sheet and allow to rise again until almost doubled (about an hour).

Bake the pizza

  1. Preheat the oven to 550 F (290 C/gas 10)., or your oven's highest temperature if it does not reach 550 F.
  2. Shape and flatten the dough, top as desired and bake until golden, 10-12 minutes.
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