This homemade quick and easy pizza dough can be thrown together in just 15 minutes and be ready for your favorite toppings. It is our go-to recipe for Saturday pizza nights!
Who loves pizza? THIS girl. Who doesn’t have time for homemade pizza? THIS GI–… actually. I’ve got 15 minutes. 😉
Saturday pizza night makes me happy. The boys play video games. Or sit out on the back patio chatting, while Alli and I prep pizza toppings. We interrupt sentences with “1 cup” . . . “2 cups” . . . “3 cups” . . . because it is too easy to lose track of how much flour I’ve added to the dough when so-and-so is dating whats-his-face and did you hear Disney is changing Splash Mountain?
You know. The important stuff.
We eat pizza. And we talk. We eat more pizza and watch the squirrels terrorize the dogs. And we talk some more. We run this loop on repeat until twilight sets. And somehow–somewhere between the stringy cheese pulls and the extra jalapenos–the stress that has built up through the week fades and is replaced by a peaceful, happy calm.
How do you make pizza dough from scratch?
This pizza dough recipe uses pantry staples: water, sugar, yeast, oil, flour, and salt. I’m bad at thinking ahead and pizza cravings tend to hit hard. So this recipe uses rapid-rise or fast-acting yeast, in order to expedite the pizza dough situation.
I typically knead this pizza dough by hand, since it only needs a couple minutes of kneading. But you’re welcome to use your mixer and dough hook if you prefer.
Do you have to bake pizza dough before adding toppings to it?
You do not have to. But I recommend pre-baking homemade pizza crust for five minutes if you want it nice and crispy. If you top it without pre-baking, then you run the risk of your toppings getting extra crispy (too crispy) before the pizza dough is where you want it.
What is the best sauce for homemade pizza?
All of our pizza nights include homemade pizza dough and sauce–this is my favorite homemade pizza sauce recipe. It is a traditional red sauce that is perfect for homemade margherita or hawaiian pizza.
Some other sauce ideas include a garlic white sauce (ranch dressing + minced garlic), cajun white sauce (ranch dressing + cajun seasoning), or BBQ sauce.