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This is the best Italian Pizza Dough Recipe ever!
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Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Rising Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 2 pizzas
Author: Bailey
This Italian pizza dough recipe is one of my favorite ways to create a light and crispy crust. It is absolutely perfect for homemade pizza night. Just add sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings!
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  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 package
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt kosher


  • In a large bowl, add water, oil, and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for about 5 minutes or until foamy. 
  • Meanwhile in a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add gradually to the yeast mixture. Add more flour or water as needed while you work the dough.
  • Continue to mix pizza dough until it feels elastic. Turn it onto a floured surface.
  • Knead the dough for a minute and a half or until smooth. Do not overmix or the dough will become tough.
  • Place the dough in a medium bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and flip a few times to coat it. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour. 
  • Punch dough down and knead on a lightly floured surface for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. 
  • Divide into 2 (or 6) pieces and roll out into pizzas.

To Bake:

  • Heat a pizza stone in the oven at 425°F.
  • Roll pizza out to desired thickness, 1/4" for a standard pizza and slightly thinner for a thin crust pizza.
  • Brush pizza with olive oil and place on heated pizza stone, olive oil side down. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until underside is browned. If bubbles appear while baking, pierce with a fork.
  • Flip pizza onto a working surface. Add sauce and desired toppings to the browned side of the pizza crust and return to the oven for an additional 7-10 minutes or until cooked through and toppings are melted. 


Divide dough into 6 pieces for individual pizzas, or 2 pieces for regular pizzas.
Dough may be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 months.
Calories: 78kcal