The Only Pizza Dough Recipe You’ll Ever Need!
I’ve tested many, many pizza dough recipes and this is my family’s favorite! We love Friday night pizza and movie (or game) nights together so I make this dough often. The dough is so easy to put together and everyone loves adding their favorite toppings.
Life is crazy sometimes so I’m always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen. This dough freezes really well which saves me from having to make it on a weekly basis. Store the dough balls (after they have risen) in freezer bags for up to 3-4 months. When you are ready to use the dough, simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before shaping. The taste and texture of this dough is the same as freshly made!
What is 00 Flour?
For the best flavor and texture I recommend using 00 flour. 00 Flour is a finely ground flour that is commonly used in Italy to make pasta and pizza dough. Using 00 flour results in high elasticity for kneading and prevents a rubbery or tough texture. 00 flour can be difficult to find in many grocery stores. If you are unable to find it in your regular grocery store try searching for it online or visit a specialty grocery store.
When I was a kid ordering pizza was a rare event. Whenever the chance to have pizza for dinner did arise, my parents opted for “supreme” (every topping the pizza place could throw on top). Long gone are the days of picking off all the toppings to get a very rough looking piece of cheese pizza. In my family of 4 we all want different toppings, and with this versatile dough we can all make our favorites!
Here are some of our favorites:
- Classic cheese with marinara sauce. Our favorite cheeses to use include mozzarella, provolone, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and sometimes a little cheddar.
- Pizza Margherita with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, Roma tomatoes, olive oil, and salt.
- Pepperoni! The same toppings as a cheese pizza but add on lot’s of pepperoni!
- Spinach and feta… What a great pizza! We use marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, baby spinach leaves and crumbled feta.
- White pizza made with homemade Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and some grilled chicken.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 Stand mixer with a dough hook
- 1 Pizza stone
- 1 Pizza Peel
- 1 1/4 cup 00 flour
- 1 cup All-purpose flour
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 1 cup Lukewarm water
- 1 tsp Active dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
Prepare the dough
- Combine the 00 flour, all-purpose flour, and salt in the bowl of your mixer and attach the dough hook.
- In a small mixing bowl combine the water, yeast, and olive oil.
- Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Knead the dough with the dough hook on the lowest speed for 3 minutes.
- Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
- On the lowest speed, knead the rested dough for an additional 3 minutes.
- Cut the dough in half and form 2 balls. Place each dough ball into a large oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth.
- Allow the dough to rise either 4-5 hours in a warm, draft free place or for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator. If the dough has been refrigerated, allow it to rest for 30-60 minutes at room temperature before you begin to shape it.
To make pizza
- Preheat oven to 500F and place a pizza stone on the middle rack.
- On a heavily floured surface shape the dough into a 12 inch round shape.
- Transfer the shaped dough to a piece of parchment paper. Top with desired sauce, cheese, and toppings.
- Using a pizza peel slide the pizza (including the parchment paper under the dough) onto the pizza stone in the oven. Allow the pizza to cook for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, use the pizza peel to slightly lift the pizza and carefully remove the parchment paper. Allow the pizza to bake for an additional 5 – 10 minutes (or until your desired doneness).
- The dough has a wonderful texture after resting in the refrigerator for 24 hours. If you are short on time you can allow the dough to rest in a warm, draft-free area for up to 4-5 hours. Do not allow the dough to rest for more than 5 hours outside of the refrigerator or the dough will become tough and difficult to stretch.
- 00 flour will result in the best texture and flavor. 00 flour can be difficult to find in-store so I always order it online.
- If you are unable to purchase 00 flour you can use bread flour in place of the 2 different kinds of flours.
- This dough freezes well! Just allow the dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then rest at room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes before shaping.
- If you don’t have a pizza stone or peel you can make this pizza in an oiled pan instead.
- If you prefer pan-style pizza try pan frying the shaped dough in a cast iron skillet for 5 minutes, then add your desired toppings and finish baking the pizza in the oven.
- The measurements of flour and water may differ depending on your weather and humidity. If the dough feels too sticky, simply add more 00 flour. If the dough feels too dry, simply add more water.