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How to Make Easy Pizza Dough at Home

I love this pizza dough recipe. It is soft and workable and tastes so good. I have used it for both pizza and calzones with good success. Not only that but it is so easy to throw together. The cost of prepared pizza dough is so much more than just making it from scratch. (And it tastes better too.)

a woman adding yeast for pizza dough to a hobart mixer on a granite counter with bowls in the background
activate yeast

The first step is to activate the yeast. You do this by mixing together: 2 teaspoons of yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 cup of really warm water. Give it a quick stir and then allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes.

a woman adding ingredients for pizza dough to a hobart mixer on a grnite counter with bowls in the background
add ingredients

Now we will add the rest of the ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 cups flour, and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Mix this well with a dough hook or knead it by hand.

pizza dough rising in a bowl on a granite counter

Allow it to rise covered in a warm place for 30-60 minutes.

a woman rolling out pizza dough on a granite counter
roll out the dough

Divide the dough in half. This recipe makes enough dough for 2 medium-sized pizzas. I then roll it into circles and it is ready to be used for pizzas or calzones.

a homemade pizza and a calzone with spinach salad on plates on a granite counter.
pizza and calzone

You have so many options when it comes to pizza. You can use a white sauce or a BBQ sauce or a tomato-based sauce as the base. I really like our garlic herb pizza sauce that we can up. Here is a link to that recipe:

Then of course there are all the different toppings and cheeses. I mean really what is not to like. After you have topped your pizza, you just bake it at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. If you decide to make a calzone it will need to cook longer.

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