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Basic Pizza Crust

My aunt shared this basic pizza dough recipe quite a few years ago. I like to double the recipe and keep one baked crust in the freezer for a quick snack or meal later.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + resting Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 pizza crust (6 slices)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Pizza toppings of your choice


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil, sugar, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll into a 13-in. circle. Grease a 12-in. pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Transfer dough to prepared pan, building up edges slightly. Do not let rise. Bake at 425° until browned, 12-15 minutes. Add toppings; bake 10-15 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 236 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • deb9962
    Aug 4, 2020

    This was easy & delicious! This is an awesome crust!

  • Michele
    Apr 4, 2020

    Since we are social distancing during Co-vid and not ordering to go meals, I made this crust for the first time tonight. It is an easy recipe and tasted great. It makes a think bread that is very flavorful. I used instant yeast and adjusted the amount to 1 and 3/4 teaspoons. I also used olive oil instead of canola oil. I suggest you give it a try.

  • Lady Fingers
    Sep 26, 2018

    I've made this crust twice, and I can't stop raving about it! I use olive oil and a bit more salt than the recipe calls for. It's so quick and easy.

  • sgronholz
    Oct 28, 2015

    I've made this pizza crust a number of times! The recipe is easy to prepare and the dough is easy to work with.

  • texaswoman1946
    Aug 1, 2015

    It was .easy to make and so delicious . My family loved it

  • bowler_jen
    May 19, 2014

    Make once a week. Love the simplicity and taste. My family likes this one because it's a bit thicker for a pizza stone and holds together well for the kiddos. Love it.

    Apr 11, 2013

    Love this basic recipe. "Basic"as in use, this as a base to add things and adjust to taste. Helpful tips: For bulk yeast users like myself, 2 1/4 tsp = 1 dry yeast package. I use olive oil, and bread flour. I add spices to the dough before it sits for 10 minutes. I also brush the dough with olive oil before the first bake. Bake 8 min to avoid dryness.

  • meganshakes
    Apr 25, 2012

    I make pizza once a week and this the crust I use. It's awesome! I do exchange some of the flour for whole wheat and use bread flour instead of all-purpose. I bake is up on a large sheet pan instead of a pizza pan. I used to use my pizza stone but we like a softer crust. I also only bake the crust for eight minutes for the first bake. Any longer results in a dry crust. I love that I can have fresh pizza in an hour from start to finish. My family loves it! And, it reheats really well. I might even say it is better the next day.

  • bethanyrenee
    Mar 11, 2012

    this is the perfect basic crust! Although I do let mine rest MUCH longer that what is required and you get a really thick crust. Love it!

  • kelly1376
    Apr 13, 2011

    This crust is very easy to make but I found it a bit dry and tasteless.