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Pillowy soft, with the perfect taste and texture, this quick and easy pizza dough is going to be your go-to recipe for everything! You are going to want to keep this in the archives and use it over and over again.

We all have made homemade versions of kids’ favorites; burgers, tacos, and macaroni and cheese. When it comes to homemade pizza though, it can be intimidating. Not anymore! Now you can make homemade pizza and so many other delicious things with this quick and easy dough!

Pizza dough rolled into a ball.

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Most doughs require lots of proving and rising time. That means you have to plan ahead. If you’re like me, as much as I try to plan ahead, things don’t always go according to plan. But with this super fast and effortless dough I can have an amazing dinner any time of the week. It’s a dinner lifesaver!

The rest time is only about 20 minutes for this dough. So within 30 minutes, I can have my pizza (or whatever else I am making) in the oven, ready to go. It’s a great recipe for beginners because it’s so easy! And the taste is fantastic. It really makes the best homemade pizza crust. Try it out with this tasty Hawaiian pizza or chicken alfredo pizza!

Dough Ingredients

Just a handful of ingredients make this quick and easy dough! Check out the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Warm Water: Make sure it’s not too hot, or it’ll kill the yeast.
  • Sugar: This is food for the yeast, don’t leave it out.
  • Yeast: Gives the dough it’s rise and elasticity.
  • Flour: A good strong flour is necessary for good structure.
  • Salt: Keeps your dough from tasting bland.

Making Quick and Easy Dough

It’s so easy! This versatile dough comes together in just 5 simple steps. It’s such a game-changer for homemade pizzas.

  1. Activate Yeast: Combine the water, sugar, and yeast, give it a little stir then let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine: In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt to the yeast mixture. Stir till smooth. You can also use a stand-mixer and dough hook.
  3. Rest: Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. It will rise some.
  4. Prepare: Prepare the dough for whatever you are using it for and let it sit another 10 minutes.
  5. Bake: Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
3-photo collage of dough ingredients being mixed together.

Tips for Homemade Dough

Here are a few extra ways to perfect your quick pizza dough! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to make it all the time!

  • Use Warm Water: You want your water to be 105-115 degrees Fahrenheit when you add it to the yeast for optimum proofing.
  • Sugar: Yeast needs food to grow, sugar is its favorite. You can also use honey without changing the flavor or structure of the dough. Use the same amount of honey as you would sugar.
  • Rest: The first 5 minutes of rest you give the dough acts as its first rise. That’s what makes this so quick and easy. You don’t have to wait for a full rise in bread form, which would take longer.
  • Salt: Salt can kill yeast if added at the same time. Don’t add the salt until after it’s rested and you’ve added in the flour. Salt is needed for flavor and structure.
  • Flour: Do not add too much flour. Add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The exact flour amount will vary so go by the touch and feel of the dough versus the exact cup measurements. The dough should be soft and smooth. It should not leave a residue on your hands, but should not be super stiff either.
  • Double: This pizza dough recipe is simple to double. You can even make breadsticks with it!
  • Flavor: Feel free to add seasonings to the dough when you add the flour if you desire.
Pizza dough in a metal bowl.

Making the Best Pizza Crust

These are a few more things to keep in mind so you end up with the best homemade pizza ever! Your family won’t be able to get enough.

  • Pre-Bake: There is nothing worse than toppings cooked to perfection and a doughy crust. I like to eliminate that from happening by precooking the crust for 5 minutes. Once I add the toppings I continue to cook it on the bottom rack in the oven. This ensures the crust cooks through.
  • Pizza StoneIf you use a preheated pizza stone, then you do not need to pre-bake the pizza dough.
  • Bubbles:  If you notice bubbles forming in your dough while it’s cooking, simply pierce them with a fork. You can also fork it before baking to prevent it from bubbling.
  • Personal Pizzas: This dough is wonderful for making personal-sized pizzas, medium or large pizzas. You can even make mini pizzas in the air fryer! It’s a quick and easy snack for the kids.

Storing Leftovers

This quick and easy homemade pizza dough is great for making ahead! My kids love air fryer pizzas so I always keep some on hand.

  • In the Refrigerator: Wrap dough in plastic wrap and store for 4-5 days.
Can I Freeze My Dough?

Yes! It’s a great way to make your pizza dough last longer.

  • In the Freezer: Shape dough into a large ball, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before using.
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Quick and Easy Dough

4.82 from 11 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Pillowy soft, with the perfect taste and texture, this quick and easy pizza dough is going to be your go-to recipe for everything! You are going to want to keep this in the archives and use it over and over again.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together. Let that sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add flour and salt to the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix this until smooth and let it raise for 10 minutes. I used my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and it was so easy and worked great!
  • Prepare the dough for what you will be making and let rest for another 10 minutes before putting into the oven.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • *If making a pizza, you can cut the dough recipe in half and make a thinner crust pizza and breadtwists. That is what we like to do.


Originally posted August 1, 2014
Updated on February 20, 2023


Calories: 1755kcalCarbohydrates: 370gProtein: 51gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2361mgPotassium: 609mgFiber: 16gSugar: 31gCalcium: 77mgIron: 21mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: pantry staple
Cuisine: American
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  1. Please define warm water. I have never been able to make bread that rose much or wasn’t hard. What is warm to me may be too hot for the yeast, or may be too cold. Could you please be more specific for me? Thanks so much!

  2. i love this recipe! i use it all the time. i just shared it again when friends showed up for dinner. we (my 9 year old and i) made another batch really quick and made extra pizza. this recipe is a life saver.

  3. I was visiting friends night and they made the cinnamon pizza it was great. They showed me where to find your recipes and I have been reading them all afternoon, can’t decide what to cook.

  4. It worked great thank you so much for the tips and information I also love baking so it is fun to read your blog and I have tried almost all of your recipes and shared them with my family, and they loved them all.
    Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Thanks for following along with me and sharing your comments! XOXO

  5. This looks like an easy crust to put together, especially on weekdays. Would it be a problem if I used instant yeast? I Instant yeast is all I use since I found it!! No more waiting, just mix up the other ingredients and go!!

    Instant yeast would be a great thing to teach your readers about!! Once they use it they will never go back!!?

    1. This dough is best for pizza recipes not really a bread dough. I do have some bread recipes on my site for you to choose from though. XOXO

    1. I just use the yeast from Costco that is a large container. You are welcome to use yeast packets too! Hope that helps and you enjoy your meal!! XOXO

  6. I recently discovered (via another website, which I don’t recall right now) using lots of yeast to shorten the rise times. Turns out if you feed it (sugar), the rise times are great – 10-20 minutes first time, 5-10 second time. And the bread does not come out yeasty at all.
    I don’t have a mixer, so I mix about a third of the flour into the yeast mix (after first sitting), and mix that with a wooden spoon to a consistency of oatmeal. Then mix the crap out of it to get the gluten going. Finally add the rest of the flour, some at a time, until I like the dough consistency.
    Try it! It works great!
    Thanks for this recipe! My prior one used 3 Tbsp of yeast!!

  7. I’ve been looking for an easy dough recipe I could use with my kids. This recipe works great. I added a little extra sugar and cinnamon to it so we could bake some apples pockets, instead of regular bread twist we made cinnamon and brown sugar bread bites. Perfect recipe for so many uses. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it’s awesome.