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The Best Pizza Dough

This easy pizza dough recipe is the key to making an extraordinary homemade pizza. We use all-purpose flour because double zero is hard to find. But if you're lucky enough to live near an Italian market or willing to purchase double zero flour online, using this flour will take your crust to the next level. You won't be disappointed with the results! —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 crusts (8 servings each)


  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose or 00 flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and marjoram, optional
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil


  • In a small bowl, mix warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar; add yeast and whisk until dissolved. Let stand until bubbles form on surface. In a large bowl, whisk 3 cups flour, salt, remaining 1 teaspoon sugar and if desired, dried herbs. Make a well in center; add yeast mixture and oil. Stir until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead, adding more flour to surface as needed until no longer sticky and dough is smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a large greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes; transfer bowl to refrigerator and chill overnight. Allow dough to come to room temperature before rolling, about 30 minutes.

Test Kitchen tip
  • All-purpose flour is an easy choice for this recipe; but if you're willing to go the extra mile and use 00 flour (usually imported from Italy), the dough will have a noticeably silkier texture. Customize the crust and increase the flavor by adding dried herbs such as basil or oregano, and substituting garlic or onion salt for the sea salt.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 144 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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    • Maria
      Oct 31, 2020

      Good pillow-y pizza dough, delicious recipe, and I have tried many, and am Italian. Works well with calzones too. The person who said it was tough might have over-kneaded it, or should try King Arthur All purpose flour. 00 Flour is best though, and easy to buy online, and is good for pastries too. Tip: Before adding tomato sauce, put on a sheen of olive oil on top and it wont get soggy, then half bake before adding the other toppings. I also thicken the sauce with a little tomato paste, and I never over do the sauce. Buon Appetito!

    • squeakymouse
      Aug 19, 2020

      Not good, too chewy and leftovers were definitely tough. I'll not make again.

    • Faith
      Jun 29, 2020

      I have used this recipe many times with and without herbs. It rolls out beautifully. I do grill the base for a few minutes and then add pesto as sauce with lots of sauteed veggies topped with lots of cheese. My family loves this meal. So easy to do, great for the summer.

    • lauren
      Jun 18, 2020

      I'm 8 and I am wanting to make this for my fam.

    • Maria
      Jun 10, 2020

      Are you supposed to cook the dough before putting the toppings on? Just checking...

    • Stephanie
      Jun 4, 2020

      Has anyone tried baking the crust on a grill?

    • Moxie
      May 30, 2020

      This recipe creates a very light consistency non chewy texture crust. I baked at 425F for twenty five minutes after adding toppings.

    • Debbie
      May 26, 2020

      Our family go-to recipe for "Make Your Own Pizza" night. I have started adding a few add-ins to flavor up the crust a little bit (garlic, basil, oregano) and the kids love it. Our favorite time to use this recipe is when we are having another family over. I can prep the crust ahead of time and then everybody gets to roll out the shape they desire and top it how ever they desire. We set up a station for rolling dough and another for toppings. It's such a fun activity!

    • Chris
      May 25, 2020

      I made this yesterday and it was FABULOUS! Followed the directions written except I used 1 tsp of instant yeast, adding it directly into the flour mixture. I also added 1 tsp of garlic powder and 2 tsps of dried Italian Seasoning. The texture was perfect and tasted yummy. There is enough dough for two large (14" thin crust) pizzas. This will be my go-to pizza dough recipe.

    • Rebecca
      May 10, 2020

      Incredible! Delicious- flavorful, amazing texture and EASY! This was a great recipe and I’m so happy we have it now for Friday’s during the quarantine!!!